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Letter to the Editor: Port Chester's Race for Mayoral, Village Trustee Seats

Residents supports Pagano, Kenner, Terenzi and Ferrara in March 19 elections.

I’d like to take a moment and share with my fellow Villagers what the March 19 Port Chester election means for me, and why I will be supporting Neil Pagano for Mayor and Joe Kenner, Sam Terenzi, and Frank Ferrara for Village Trustees.

After graduating from the University of Houston, I moved to New York to work for IBM.  After a few years of renting apartments around Westchester, I decided it was time to buy a home.  I knew I wanted to be in mid-lower Westchester, and in an area that was culturally diverse and reasonably affordable.  While Port Chester fit this profile perfectly, what really drew me to this community was its potential.  When I think several years down the road and what this Village could be like, it is easy to see that others may not have realized the abundance of opportunities that exist here.

I look at the national political scene and all I see is policy gridlock, deficit spending, and an extended lack of focus on key priorities like creating jobs and expanding the tax base.  If any of you have watched some of our Village Board meetings, you may have noticed some of the same problems – a general lack of consensus, no comprehensive strategy to address Village infrastructure projects, and a lack of focus on pursuing future development opportunities that will bring tax relief, jobs, and new amenities for all.

An interesting fact to consider: In Port Chester’s Comprehensive Plan there are 43 separate recommendations spanning transportation, infrastructure, housing and municipal services.  Given that each Board meeting takes over six hours, how much confidence do you have that the current Mayor will address these 43 unique recommendations?

In his own words Mayoral candidate Neil Pagano has said, “I am impatient.”  That means to me that Mr. Pagano will not “wait” to deliver results.  As a lifelong businessman, he knows that customers don’t pay for effort; they pay for a quality final product.  What you'll get in Neil Pagano as Mayor is not just promises “to do” great things, but someone who will actually “deliver” great outcomes.

Supporting this commitment to deliver great outcomes, Joe Kenner (Republican), Sam Terenzi (Conservative), and Frank Ferrara (Democrat) have joined forces with Mr. Pagano (no affiliation) on a UNITY ticket.  And unlike what’s happening on the national level, where both parties are unable to reach across the aisle to do what’s right, we have a rare opportunity to have these four uniquely qualified individuals, who have forged a UNITY platform, in advance of the election, represent us in Port Chester.

I’ve personally met Neil, Joe, Sam, and Frank.  I believe they are all committed to serving because they love Port Chester and want to see its potential fully realized.  Their diverse business backgrounds and political views will ensure that all decisions they consider will be fully aired and alternatives considered.  Let’s do our part on March 19 by going to the polls to support Neil Pagano for Mayor and Joe Kenner, Sam Terenzi and Frank Ferrara for Trustees.

Jing Xie

Port Chester

Aidan February 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Gene Ceccarelli for the Board of Trustees
PC Lover February 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM
With no disrespect intended to you personally, Mr. Xie, you have lived in Port Chester for only six months. In my humble opinion, your opinion means less than squat. Frankly, for someone to move into an area and after six months announce their name to run for elected office and to pretend to have a clue about the issues, the politics, and the players in Port Chester is at best presumptuous, but far more likely ridiculous. Perhaps in time you will develop an understanding of the way Port Chester works and be in a position to participate, but for now, Newbie, you should watch and learn before you spout off. Welcome to the neighborhood!
John February 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Nothing like being condescending and rude to the max. Yes, by all means, stick with the old PC dead wood. That should help.
MM11 February 27, 2013 at 01:29 PM
John, Come on man. Everyone from PC knows that only people from PC know what is best for PC. That's why everyone opposes the Starwood plan. Because if that plan gets approved yuppies might move to town. And that will definitely be the beginning of the end. I mean who would want people who spend tons of money locally and who don't have school children to live on the very outer edge of town... allowing a major corporation to contribute taxes and attracting further development in that area? That's just crazy talk. Probably people from Greenwich trying to ruin everything. Everyone from PC knows we're better off with an abandoned rotting hospital and an empty supermarket! Like this Mr. Xie guy... Xie? He can't be from PC! Oh, and he's an educated young professional new to town? We better dismiss his ideas! They might actually make sense.
Anthony R. February 27, 2013 at 02:05 PM
MM11, clearly you are not from PC. My guess is you are a Starwood exec. In any case, it's clear you don't live here. If you did, you would know that we already have plenty of empty apartments and condos in this town, with no yuppies in sight. And I agree with PCLover - Mr. Xie is a newcomer here and is clearly about as clueless as you are on PC's issues and future. Apparently the Republican party is so weak on ideas and support that they cannot get any known residents to write letters for them.
ANDREA February 27, 2013 at 03:00 PM
IF u was born and raise in Port Chester u know how much Port Chester has change from a nice quiet place to a high crime, killing, robbing, rap, stabbing really so if u just got in to town 6 month ago sit back and u will see this is Port Chester / 2nd Bronx not the quiet old Port Chester i grow up in. as for Neil Pagano ?
John February 27, 2013 at 03:04 PM
PC is a mess and it will take much more than the same old same old in office to fix it. Actually, I doubt it will ever get better. It has been on the decline for decades. The high crime is what concerns me, and the overcrowding. The place looks like a third world country.
John B February 27, 2013 at 03:25 PM
I seconded that!!
PC Lover February 27, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I agree with Anthony. The only people who think the Starwood project is a good idea is Starwood and....ummm...let's see....NOBODY ELSE! MM11 is obviously as much an outsider as Mr. Xie.
ANDREA February 27, 2013 at 05:51 PM
As Neil Pagano can he be trusted as mayor,landlord, ?
Gofigure10573 February 28, 2013 at 07:56 AM
Thanks for explaining to us what impatient means Mr. Xie. I, for one, am impatient to have a good board of trustees dedicated to improving Port Chester by listening to its citizens and putting their concerns first, unlike what is happening with our current board. Will Neil Pagano be the person to lead the new board as mayor? I highly doubt it. Mr. Pagano owns way too many properties and is part of the PC good ol' boys club. Personally, he represents a liability. Will he listen to the people or to his customers? I struggle with that answer. I say give Mayor Pilla another chance. Pilla, Brakewood, and Ceccarelli should be elected. Now as for the others running....haven't made up my mind yet, but I rather give newbies a chance than those currently running for re-election.
Aidan February 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Agreed. Mayor Pilla, Trustee Brakewood and candidate Ceccarelli would be a steady force. But there is something to be said for divided government as well. I don't want a board that shoots from the hip. I'd be uncomfortable with one-party domination ... on either side. I also think that Trustees Didden and Kenner bring a great deal to any discussion. The other seats, well, there's the wrestle. I think Mr. Adams is also a viable candidate. He previously served on the board and would be a quick study. He'd be right up to speed on the major issues. The last seat? Well, I hope the trustee debate clears things up for us all. As for Mr. Pagano ... no thanks. GoFigure's right ... that would be a whirl back to the "good old boys" business of the last few decades. Electing him would be the biggest fumble of all.
John February 28, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Voting for Neil Pagano. I can't take any more of the same. Pilla must go in order to move forward.
PC Lover March 03, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Mr. Xie, what do you think of your candidate now? If you can figure out a way to white wash this one you may just have a rosy future in Port Chester politics! http://portchesterroundup.blogspot.com/2013/03/port-chester-trustee-saverio-terenzi.html
PC Lover March 09, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Mr. Xie.....6 months in Port Chester....here's what you get! Standing up for Taxpayers....What a joke! They played you for a Newbie Fool!http://www.lohud.com/article/20130308/NEWS02/303080100/Port-Chester-s-Sam-Terenzi-owes-state-220G-back-taxes?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|News

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