It takes a village

Learn how to be part of Port Chester's Renaissance

In case you haven't heard, we've started something! Since May, when my security videos showing a man getting repeatedly robbed went viral, rumblings from local citizens about conditions in our village have coalesced into a chorus. The people are starting to work together, creating a unified voice to let our local government know what we want done to improve our living conditions. Do you want to be a part of it? If you live in Port Chester and want a better life for you and your family, you should be! Sitting by and letting a few outspoken citizens bend the ears of the Town Board at the occasional meeting isn't a good plan, but all of us getting together to decide on a set of goals and a realistic way to achieve them is a great way to make real progress.

Getting involved is easy. The first thing you can do is visit this Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/435120483198078/448774358499357/?notif_t=group_activity. If you have a Facebook account, become a member and speak up!


And next, make plans to come together in the real world. This Thursday, September 27, at 7:00 PM, there’s a public meeting at the Community Center in the rear of 222 Grace Church Street. The goal is to hear everyone's concerns, and to start to build our united front. Come out and meet your neighbors, share your voice, and be part of what is certainly going to be a major point in the history of Port Chester!

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

William Demarest (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Sean, what do you think will be some of the hot topics for discussion at the "Town Hall" meeting?
Sean A. McNerney September 26, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Without a doubt, overcrowding of illegal multifamily housing will be near the top of the list. Also of a lot of concern to people I've spoken with are quality of life issues. Mostly around the types of establishments we have operating into the early hours of the morning bringing in the wrong type of crowd from out of town. While Ficha bars are certainly in some people's cross-hairs, there are other types of bars that certainly need closer monitoring without a doubt.
Juan Allase September 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Hi Mr Sean. I agree that we need to do something about all the problems in Port Chester. So in part 2 and 3 of the petition filed on September 24 in the Village of Port Chester, mentioned some sugerenciaas I think reasonably valid and debatable ..
Sean A. McNerney September 26, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Hi Juan, I did sign your petition. I believe that along with these town hall style meetings are both excellent steps towards making a difference in our town!
Andrea Devivo October 14, 2012 at 05:39 AM
you chose to live next to a bar. what does multifamily housing have to do with you?
Andrea Devivo October 14, 2012 at 05:42 AM
What does multi family housing have to do with any thing concerning your little house?
Sean A. McNerney October 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Illegal multifamily housing is a problem in our town. If you want a specific influence it has on my home, it's that it brings down property values. Beyond that it creates unsafe living conditions and puts a heavier tax burden on home owners. Those are just a few examples.
Silvio V. Buccieri October 14, 2012 at 02:52 PM
You speak of illegal housing, what has the code inforcement done since they have been on the job?? its worse. there are people that have been moveing in since they have started. and if you can not see it ! get another job. just watch your school next year. they need another school and who going to pay for it?? pissed off tax payer
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