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Letter to the Editor: Snow Storm and the Race for Port Chester Mayor.

Writer supports Republican candidate Neil Pagano in March 19 election.

Enough is Enough!

It is not bad enough that the people of Port Chester are forced to sit through 6 hour reality TV show if they want to watch village proceedings.  

It is not bad enough that after 6 years in office, the Mayor puts in place an “amnesty program” that forces law abiding home owners thousands of dollars to make up for the mistakes this village has made, year after year while the rich landlords responsible for the overcrowding go untouched.

It is not bad enough that we have to watch former building department and highway department personnel steal from us and get away scot free.

It is not bad enough that our taxes are amongst the highest in Westchester County relative to the value of our homes. 

It is not bad enough to hear from our village auditors that our village is fast becoming broke.  

This weekend we saw very clearly the results of 6 years of talk, talk, talk and more talk.

It is not bad enough that after 6 years our Mayor has finally discovered that brining the streets before a snow storm helps to retard the freezing process and facilitates snow removal. What else hasn’t he learned while being a member of the New York Conference of Mayors and going to all those meetings in Albany on taxpayer dollars? Again, he’s late to the game.

For anyone that drove around Port Chester after the storm, the stark contrast between the state of our roads and the roads plowed by our neighboring communities Rye Brook and Rye was so laughable I wanted to cry.

Here in Port Chester our roads were covered with snow that eventually turned to ice.  As soon as one ventured out on either side Rye or Rye Brook the roads amazingly were all black top, no snow!!

The people of Port Chester have an opportunity to put an end to this madness.  On March 19th they can vote to replace our do nothing Mayor and put in place a real leader who will put an end to the reality TV show and an end to the endless talk, talk, talk, talk, and more talk.

Neil Pagano a lifelong resident of Port Chester will take full responsibility for our village, our community, our finances and our roads. He won’t make excuses he will provide the leadership that Port Chester so desperately needs.

Jing Xie

Port Chester

Aidan February 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Gene Ceccarelli for the Board of Trustees.
John B February 13, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I agree.
Bea Conetta February 13, 2013 at 03:16 PM
It amazes me that someone, who hides behind a fake name can tell lie after lie and think people will believe them. I believe these nay sayers must take lessons from the party of no in Washington. who are experts at doing exactly that. Lots of criticism and no concrete solutions to the problems. It is an untruth that nothing has happened for PC in the last six years. More has been done that is beneficial to PC in those years than in many previous administrations. If you feel so strongly about your candidate, give us your real name and be recognized for your beliefs.
Aidan February 13, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Bea, who are you referring to?
eatingdogfood February 13, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again, PC is completely dysfunctional. Good letter!
Bart Didden February 13, 2013 at 07:09 PM
It's time for a BEA ALERT- rather than being a political pawn who is blinded by more than last weekend's storms. Personally, I am NOT amazed that Bea Conetta writes that she is amazed that the author -"hides behind a fake name" and tells lie after lie. As far as campaign rhetoric this one takes the cake and is just proof of blind faith, plain and simple. According to the Westchester County Board of Elections, there is a Jing Xie registered to vote in the Village of Port Chester, which creates all the proof he needs to certify that he is a resident, able to cast his vote in the upcoming election and voice his opinion here or anywhere else for that matter. It is unfortunate that Bea Conetta is so wrapped up in the campaign process that she immediately attacks anyone that has anything to say about Dennis Pilla that is not a complement. Almost makes you wonder it she is impartial enough to be a Poll Worker during Village wide elections?
overly concerned February 13, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Agree!
eatingdogfood February 13, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Lol, Aidan was worried Bea was referring to him!
Silvio V. Buccieri February 13, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Mr Didden, I think the law states that as long as a poll worker,gose by the poll worker instruction manual, on page 6. there will be no problem with Bea. she is a good person and what she dose a the meeting says on the patch is another thing. there are rules that we work with. and all I could say is god bless Bea, and goldie. still no stroke mr. S..
Bea Conetta February 13, 2013 at 09:06 PM
If Bart Didden (my most vocal critic) says there is a person by the the name of Jing Xie, then I do apologize for saying he hides behind a fake name. I do not apologize for anything else in my comment. If Didden or the letter writer want me to read the accomplishments of the present administration, they can call me. The lowest insult of all from Bart Didden was the insinuation that I might not be qualified to work at the polls. That is a low blow, bordering on defamation, and I should get an appology from him for it. He should be half as honest as I am in my love for this village and my desire for it to get back to what it used to be. We are going in the right direction now, and I think we will continue to go forward with those I feel are the "dream team." As for Aiden, I wouldn't criticize him. His comments always make good sense to me and I look forward to them.
Bart Didden February 13, 2013 at 09:10 PM
and God Bless you too Silvio. Just trying to keep it fair for everyone.
Aidan February 13, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Get some remedial reading help.
Aidan February 13, 2013 at 09:19 PM
"Almost makes you wonder it she is impartial enough to be a Poll Worker during Village wide elections?" Low blow, Mr. Didden. Ms. Conetta loves this village ... and one's political leanings should never be a prerequisite to serving the village. I suspect you were poking some fun ... but the fun part got lost in translation.
Bart Didden February 13, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Bea, I love this community just as much as you, however that is not a position to hide behind but rather a reason to sit at a BOT meeting and be condemned by some community members for the decisions I make in good faith. By the way, how is all that traffic on South Regent Street doing? All those tractor trailers spewing black smoke and harming the environment as well as putting at risk the health of the local school kids? I also avoid that area like the plague because of the traffic back ups from the intersection at the Post Road. You and that group should be ashamed for dragging out the Priests and Nuns from OUR Parish for the cause of a few competing businesses. So prior to making an apology, which I will consider, please tell me what your view as for what you wrote - "and my desire for it (the Village of Port Chester) to get back to what it used to be". As an elected official of Port Chester that represents everyone, including you, please tell me about the Port Chester that you remember that you want "to get back to"? Your apology is awaiting your response.
Bart Didden February 13, 2013 at 09:50 PM
@Aidan, maybe I guess. I offended some years ago and I count my public service as part of my penance. And maybe I am wrong but now I defend anyone and everyone's Right to say what they want and where as long as it is respectful and factual until disputed or proved otherwise. Yes there are many here, including you that do not use their full name and I am okay with that as long as its civil. You always are. I don't think that Bea Conetta's discounting Mr. Xie as being a fake person and saying that his positions are lies is not conducting ones self as civil. And why is his name a fake? Because its different? Mrs. Conetta's statement that I am her "most vocal critic" is a badge of honor for me considering the tone of her postings directed at anyone that does not agree with her position. I wish I could be as right on so many topics as she is so often when she possesses none of the back up material that a Trustee does. Oh, sorry some sarcasm may be slipping out.
Aidan February 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Ms. Conetta made an error in assuming the letter writer was a mythic man. Then she jabbed a little too hard because he has political views at odds with her own. You corrected the error ... and then sort of scratched her up a bit ... and then flubbed the humor attempt. Too much Shakespeare for me. It all means nothing. We all have a lot invested in this village. Passion sometimes runs too hot. But life without passion ain't much of a life. Let's get back to matters that count.
John February 13, 2013 at 10:17 PM
All due respect Bea, you're some of what's wrong with PC. A taxpaying voter writes a coherent, articulate letter to the editor in support of Neil Pagano and you immediately label writer a liar and a phony. Why? Because they don't support YOUR candidate? You're so insistent on stagnation, you won't even dare to listen to the other side. Worse, you make false accusations. Then apologize. How small.
Silvio V. Buccieri February 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Bart, Please, nothing has change!! it still the good old boys way of doing things, if you know some body you will get it done faster, if not,get in back of the of the line,I have been here for almost 83 years, and watch the same old people run the village of Port Chester.[ NO I do want to go back.] we can not even get overcrowding under control. what the hell is wrong with this village, CAN'T ANYONE SEE THIS. HELP!! HELP!! WE ARE DROWNING. SORRY BART..ITS OVER
John B February 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Is the letter writer Jing Xie the same Jing Xie that was running for PC trustee on the Republican line and then withdrew?
John February 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Jing Xie would be an asset. We need some fresh blood, new ideas, less in-fighting and a move away from that good old boy mentality mentioned above.
Bea Conetta February 14, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Thank you for the criticism, John. Sometimes it is need. My apology to Jing Xie is not a small thing. Many people find it hard to do. Mr. Xie is real and he does live in PC. My apology is truly sincere, and if he was listed in the phone book, I would have called him and apologized personally. As for Bart Didden's apology to me; since he needs strings attached to it, he needn't do it. As I said earlier, some people find it hard to do.
FJT February 14, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Mr. Xie, as time passes the truth of your following words will become clear to every homeowner in Port Chester who attempts to either sell or refinance his or her property: "It is not bad enough that after 6 years in office, the Mayor puts in place an 'amnesty program' that forces law abiding home owners thousands of dollars to make up for the mistakes this village has made, year after year while the rich landlords responsible for the overcrowding go untouched." This clumsy program you referred to is so demoralizing that I think it just may sink this village. Thank you, Mr Xie, for recognizing and pointing out that it was an obvious (and perhaps fatal) mistake to lump law-abiding property owners in with identifiable slumlord-miscreants, who have it so good here in Port Chester that they wouldn't consider selling in the foreseeable future nor bother to refinance -- ironically, the two events that would actually trigger inspections of their premises and force them into conformance with building codes.
Racman63 February 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM
"amongst" is anachronistic and shouldn't be used unless you're writing a medieval play . "Among" would have worked just as well.
Silvio V. Buccieri February 14, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Thank you FJT'' that the overcrowding gose untouched and we have to pay the price, where are the personel that cause this.. do what is right for the people of Port Chester, and go after the ones that are hurting us. is this to hard to under stand? and they will say we need more staff? do your job or get out of the way!!! pissed off tax payer....
Aidan February 14, 2013 at 08:29 PM
The single best explanation of a moronic BOT effort that's done nothing but cause havoc for all the decent folks in this village. Brilliant.
Anthony R. February 19, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Mr. Xie, you write: "It is not bad enough that after 6 years in office, the Mayor puts in place an “amnesty program..." Google yourself. You are new to this community. Quite new. You moved to Port Chester 6 months ago! And I suspect this is exactly why the Republicans threw you off their ticket, because it is virtually impossible for someone to get elected in Port Chester having only lived here for 6 months. As a newcomer to Port Chester, you should do some reading up on the structure of our village government. The Mayor has an equal vote to every trustee on the board. He does not "put into place" any program. The full board does. The full board includes some of your new political friends. And as for your comments about 6 years of this and 6 years of that, they seem pretty silly coming from a guy who has lived here for 6 months. Spend some time getting to know our village. Spend some time getting to know the people you are aligning yourself with. Did you know that Sam Terenzi only lives in Port Chester because he lost his house in Rye Brook to foreclosure? Did you know that Bart Didden wrote a racist flyer and only admitted to it when he was in federal court? Did you know that Joe Kenner, who portrays himself as anti-big-government, lives off a patronage job in the County Executive's office? Welcome to Port Chester, Mr. Xie.
Gofigure10573 February 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Mr. Xie, you have a lot to learn. Do your homework before writing such s foolish letter.
John February 20, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Your attitude is why PC is going nowhere but down.
Anthony R. February 21, 2013 at 03:23 AM
John, do you have a problem with my attitude or my facts?
John February 21, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Both

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