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Run-Off Elections Tuesday in West, East and Estates

Residents urged to vote for their choice for village trustee and mayor.

Residents in the West, East and Estates sections are heading to the polls today.
Residents in the West, East and Estates sections are heading to the polls today.
Three of Garden City's four property owners' associations will hold run-off elections Tuesday.

Residents living in the West, Estates and East are heading to the polls to vote for their choice for village trustee and mayor.

Estates residents will be voting for incumbent trustee John DeMaro, nominee of the Estates Property Owners Association, or challenger Gregory Blair. The election is being held at Stratford School between 4:30 and 9 p.m. The trustee seat is a two-year term beginning April 1.

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West residents will be voting for current deputy mayor John Watras or current trustee Laurence Quinn for the position of mayor. Watras was unanimously selected by the WPOA Nominating Committee. Quinn surprised everybody when he challenged that nomination at the WPOA's annual electors' meeting Jan. 15. The election is being held at Homestead School between 4:30 and 9 p.m. The mayoral seat is a two-year term beginning April 1.

East residents will be voting for incumbent trustee Dennis Donnelly, who was unanimously selected by the EPOA Nominating Committee for the position, or challenger Francine Ryan. The election is being held at Stewart school between 4:30 and 9 p.m. The trustee seat is a two-year term beginning April 1.

There is not a run-off election in the Central section because no one challenged the Central Property Owners' Association's selection of Richard Silver for village trustee.
Jack O'Niel January 29, 2013 at 02:03 PM
It's not a theory, it's happening with the CSSP as seen in this election's challengers and the previous election. It's real and it has a documented history for anyone that cares to look. Carisa has been writing about St. Paul's since the early 2000's and that's when it started heating up. Almost the same players too. Google it if you want to know more.
GC Joe January 29, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I'm well aware of the CSSP and St. Paul's topic. However, it would appear that to some anyone who opposes DeMaro and Donnelly are "CSSP" and "St. Paul's" people. What are Mr. Blair's priorities? It's real and documented for anyone that cares to look. Google it if you want to know more.
GcSupporter#2 January 29, 2013 at 03:46 PM
GCRes1 writes: The single biggest issue facing the Village (and all municipalities) is the rising cost of workers' pensions and benefits, stifling work rules, hiring/firing rules, binding arbitration mechanisms, etc. The job of the Board Of Trustees is the RESIST that enormous pressure, through contract negotiations, to continue to provide Village services without allowing our tax rates to explode. Question: How does Francine Ryan expect to be an aggressive negotiator on behalf of her fellow citizens when she is relying on union firefighters to hand out literature and otherwise support her campaign? its an embarrassing conflict of interest that disqualifies her for service as a trustee. Excuse me GCRes1 but how in the world do you expect Larry Quinn to be an aggressive negotiator when he directly benefits from such a pension system?!?!
GCRes1 January 29, 2013 at 04:18 PM
GCSupporter#2: Well, conflicts of interest are rampant in a system that allows for collective bargaining by public employees and all collective bargaining by public employees should be banned in New York State. I am glad you agree. ------------------ BUT the conflict Ms. Ryan has created for herself and the conflict you claim for Mr. Quinn are miles apart. I suppose the worst you could say for a trustee who RECEIVES an unrelated pension is that he might LIKE pensions, as a matter of philosophy, and therefore go easy on a union. But if he also LIKES balancing the budget and keeping his and his neighbors taxes low, he might not. ------------------- I have seen how Larry operates, and I don't think he is a big fan of the municipal unions. I don't think any current trustee is. Remember, the vote to close the outside firehouses was 7-1, and only no vote was from Mayor Brudie because he thought it should be done on a test basis. So really, all 8 trustees were in favor of closing the outside firehouses. Ms. Ryan has carved out for herself a particularly extreme view on the firehouse issue, one she alone would hold on the current board of trustees. --------- I think it is worth asking whether her reliance on a particular union group to help her get elected has something to do with that extreme stance, and whether she will continue to pursue pro-firefighters' union goals if elected.
GcSupporter#2 January 29, 2013 at 05:53 PM
You assume I am against Quinn and for Ryan. Wrong. I am against both. Just want to make sure we are not picking and choosing the conflicts of interest based on what best suits our preference of candidates. And nooooo I never heard of union solidarity. We're those the nuc teachers today supporting the bus drivers union?? Sorry don't feel comfortable with a union boy in charge.

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