Community Viewpoint

Letter-to-Editor-fillersmmOpen Letter to Mayor Spery

Dear Editor:

Fred Towle on his radio show, People Power and Politics on 103.9FM asked today whether you are for or against dissolution…
Here is what you said …
– If there is no tax increase the village can’t function and you would be for dissolution. You reminded him that you were only one vote if it came to a vote..
You are equating your support of dissolution with successfully getting a tax increase at a time when you are now reporting that the remaining $200,000 of the deficit has been reduced by $100,000 (actualy $104,033.66 has been collected in fees for Houses on the Blighted House lists and property maintenance fines). If the village continues to work effectively, we should be in good financial shape by the end of the fiscal year. Note that there is a total of $32,775 in Blighted House Fees assessed but not collected and $16,937 in property maintenance fines that are not collected.
Why not take credit for positive momentum and disavow support of the Dissolution effort?
– You cited the example of a tax increase of $40 as reasonable and that a tax neutral village is unrealistic.
The tax increase of 125% that you sought is much more than $40 for you. me and many other residents. Why try to build such a case based on loose sand?
JOB # 1 – Getting the village to continue to be efficient as it makes progress addressing QOL issues
JOB #2 – Seek a tax increase for a demonstrated result and improvement; not to make up for errors.
– You cited two examples of corruption in government …
* 3000 instances of the manual entry of time; Fred suggested a letter should be sent to the clerk asking for refund as the Suffolk County DA has taken no action.
Who knows, maybe the DA is stilling investigating or maybe there is just not enough evidence to bring into court for a successful prosecution.
* It appeared that you were saying that cash was taken as no receipts were found.
Actually, the Comptroller’s Office found that ‘there was more cash deposited than receipts – which he attributed to sloppy bookkeeping, not theft.
You are claiming corruption in government and getting away with it. No Audit or Comptroller, or DA has filed charges or found criminal activity; only that we can do better!
Please correct any misstatements and please ask your former deputy mayor to stop with the petitions and his falsehoods as he approaches residents who may not have all the facts or stay informed by going to meetings!

Frank Fugarino
Mastic Beach,
To Dissolve or Disregard Summa

Dear Editor:

Former Deputy Mayor Bruce Summa is spearheading the movement to dissolve Mastic Beach. He has taken to personal attacks against residents, officials and former Mayors Breschard and Biondi as well a venomous insults against Mr. Fugarino, I may not always agree with everything any of them did or do. However, for this man to sully their names, it’s disgusting.
Mr. Miller, for you to associate yourself with a pariah such as Mr. Summa, is foolish.
The Village cannot remain tax neutral, I think everyone knows that. For the man who wasted over 400k on a poorly paved road that brought us into a massive deficit to now call for dissolution and insult anyone is almost laughable.
Mr. Summa likes to point out that Frank Fugarino lost an election. That is true, but, he at least had an opponent, Bruce lost an election where he had no competition. He ran unopposed and LOST. So, he should cast fewer stones from that glass house of his. Remember when Bruce boasted about losing his write in campaign, funny how the man that beat him didn’t boast about winning a write in campaign.
Bruce calls the new majority Frank’s trustees. Ann ran with Maura and approved Brucey’s personal indemnification. Unlike Bruce and Betty who blindly followed Maura’s lead in driving this Village into the ground, the “new majority” both supports and disagrees with one another, that’s what makes them “our trustees.” I go to what meetings I can and my daughter goes to most as well. You know who doesn’t, Brucey and Bobby. Why doesn’t Bruce go anymore? Maybe it’s fear, maybe it’s shame, who knows, he clearly has the time as he’s walking around door to door seeking dissolution.
I’ve lived in this community for around 60 years. I’ve seen its rise and fall and I’m watching it rise again. We have our problems here: drug dealers, thieves, sex offenders and Bruce Summa. Drug dealers get arrested. Thieves get arrested. Sex offenders are monitored and if we clean up the area will be pushed out and relocated. Bruce Summa is a parasite I do not know how to handle. Like Mr. Fugarino I worked in education for most of my life. I understand that when a child doesn’t get their way they throw a temper tantrum. I understand that when a underdeveloped psyche is faced with someone else succeeding over them that they become destructive. That is what Bruce Summa is, and I implore Mr. Miller to turn his efforts on improving this Village rather than jumping in bed with the local loon and sore loser that is Bruce Summa. Dissolution is not the answer, we finally have a fighting chance at improving this Village.

Edward Rogers
Mastic Beach


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