October 12, 2017
A Message to Manorhaven Residents from Mayor Jim Avena…
Dear Manorhaven Neighbor,
At the special referendum on October 3rd, residents voted to keep the term of Village Mayor at the present two years, instead of extending it to four years. Almost 500 residents turned out to express their views on this issue and I am proud of our Village for that level of participation.
As you know, this past August, the Board of Trustees unanimously decided to move this matter forward, based on sound “good government” reasoning. Once the vote was scheduled, those in favor of the change made their opinions known to our neighbors and those opposed to the change made their views clear, as well. There was a full, fair and honest discussion of the issue, along with an open and transparent voting process.
When it came to the public vote, a majority of residents disagreed with the change and, therefore, it will not be implemented. Your Mayor and Trustees accept this decision as the “will of the people” and we will not be bringing it back to you for future consideration.
We know that different people often have different ideas about how to make Manorhaven the best Village it can be. However, once a decision is made, the key is to accept it and keep moving forward for the good of our Village. That is how democracy truly works!
In this particular case, the democratic process worked well and our Village is the better for it.
Mayor Jim Avena
October 4, 2017
Thank you to all of the residents who came to Village Hall to vote on the referendum yesterday. The result of a 311 "No" to a "170" Yes vote demonstrated that many more than not prefer to stay with the two year term for now, and that is fine with this Board. We as your elected officials are here to carry out the will of the majority when in the best interests of this Village - which we always try our best to achieve. With this vote behind us, let's re-group and move forward with our vision as a community on the upcoming projects we are striving to complete in the next several years. With your support, we know the completion of these upgrades will make Manorhaven an even better place to live.
A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR:
Why vote on 10/3 for a four year Mayoral term?
1. The entire Board is in favor of this change because a four year term allows a Mayor to commit to critical long term projects such as sewer and road repairs. Every time a new Mayor comes in, everything stops in its tracks.
2. A longer term attracts quality staff (2 years negatively impacts staff job security and deters the best applicants for the job.)
3. Voters still have Trustees as a system of checks and balances if they don't like how things are being run. Decision making is done through the Board based on a quorum. You as a voter speak through your elected officials. Trustees will still have the same time two year terms.
4. The office of the Mayor is the executive branch of government for the Village. The executive branch usually has longer terms which are necessary for continuity in planning and budgeting.
5. A longer Mayoral term allows for better relationships with local police, the fire dept., town and county leaders. It takes time to develop and nurture these relationships to make our community the best it can be. Community leaders help our Village, so these connections are critical.
So..before you vote... please take these reasons into consideration on 10/3. Thank you.
- Jim Avena.
Below is a copy of our recent road condition analysis. We hope to start this project sometime next year.
The warm weather is finally here and everything in our village
is in full bloom. I’m pleased to report on several items that
have moved forward over the past months:
- Although it seems like a long time ago, we were very
pleased with the results of our first winter and new
snow removal emergency plan. We will update the
plan next fall based on lessons learned and welcome any
suggestions you may have for improvements;
- ▪Last fall, we initiated a program to improve the neatness
of our village by strictly enforcing existing garbage, curb
and sidewalk regulations. We found that this has resulted in a much more
pleasant, attractive village;
- Members of the Waterfront Advisory Committee heard comments from many
residents during a recent public meeting held in March. Comments and ideas will
be presented to the Board of Trustees in the near future. Know that the Board
will not allow the Waterfront Building Moratorium to lapse until we are
completely satisfied with future plans for the waterfront;
- As you know, parking in our village can be difficult, especially during the winter
months. We will continue discussions with the Fire Department and will revisit
this topic again. Please be sure to fill out and return the questionnaire on page 7
on this important topic;
- Through a New York State grant, the Village Hall administrative offices were
completely renovated this past winter. The new space has a bright, clean look
and the changes have greatly improved working conditions and efficiency;
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the
Manorhaven Street Festival (see page 5 for details)
Just a reminder that Village Elections will be held at Village Hall from 6:00 a.m. to
9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20. Don’t forget to vote! Every vote counts!
Have a wonderful summer!
Jim Avena, Mayor
I am pleased to report that the Board of Trustees and staff have accomplished a great deal over these past few months, and I am proud to be part of such a hard-working and dedicated team here at the Village.
Just a few of things of the many things we've been working on include:
· Our new sewer maintenance company, Orchid Sewer and Water Contracting, has been doing a thorough job of keeping the Village's sewer system flowing and clear of backups. Recently, they discovered an unconnected pipe near the sewer main at Manorhaven Boulevard and Graywood Road, and we hope that by performing repairs they will be able to prevent serious clogs and backups that have occurred in this area;
· The Board recently adopted a local law reducing the duration of alternate side of the street parking by a full month during the winter. Winter parking rules now begin on December 15 and end on March 15, as significant snow accumulation is unlikely in the weeks immediately before and after this period;
·The second phase of renovation at the Historic Morgan's Dock project has been completed. Once the third and final phase is complete, we can all enjoy a new floating dock at Bowman's Point;
· The Village has installed a new generator at Village Hall, removed an abandoned oil tank on the premises, and installed a new sprinkler system at the entrance to Manhasset Isle;
· Homeowners and the Village have been cooperating to bring properties into compliance with the village code. In particular, many curbs, sidewalks and aprons throughout the Village have been repaired. I have received many positive comments about how the Village looks neater and cleaner. Note that permit and other Village fees have been waived for these repairs through December 31;
·Due to residents' input, the Village has increased both inspections of rental properties and the monitoring of illegal residences to ensure that property owners adhere to code regulations;
· Since October, the Village has been strictly enforcing garbage regulations in an effort to continue to keep Manorhaven cleaner. We recently added an additional code enforcement of ficial during the early morning hours and on weekends to ensure compliance.
For details on regulations and fines, click on “Services” and then “Garbage” on the website;
·Just a reminder that GovPilot is an easy way to request FOILs/FOIAs, report a concern, or to view your property information online. See our website's home page and scroll down to the GovPilot section to access one or more sections.
While I am proud of how much we have accomplished, there is much more to do i n Manorhaven . We look forward to making more positive changes to serv e our residents and the community. My best wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy holiday season.
Jim Avena, Mayor
We've accomplished a lot over the summer. Focus on teamwork and mutual respect enables initiatives to keep moving forward. Thanks to Deputy Mayor Priscilla von Roeschlaub, Trustees Rita DiLucia, Ken Kraft and John Popeleski, Clerk Sharon Abramski and DPW Crew Chief Mike Calvanese for their exceptional efforts and working as a unified team.
Some key goals accomplished are:
Hired a full time Building Superintendent/Chief of Code Enforcement;
Hired a part time code officer to ensure codes are followed on weekends;
Initiated comprehensive snow removal plan;
Started planning with County for $3 million improvements on Manorhaven Boulevard;
Established a Waterfront Advisory Committee;
Filled reported potholes , removed loose tree branches and cleanups, especially at dead ends;
Updated emergency procedures, available on manorhaven.org.
I am proud to serve as your mayor and will continue to work very hard to help improve the quality of life in our beautiful village.
Jim Avena, Mayor
September 2016 - Mayor Avena
"The Village of Manorhaven welcomes input from all Village residents as it considers how best to regulate development of waterfront properties. Our goal is to balance the interests of the community with the rights of property owners. To help accomplish this goal, I have appointed an advisory committee to review the Village's comprehensive master plan, local waterfront revitalization plan, and zoning code, and to make recommendations for consideration by the Board of Trustees. Only the Board of Trustees has the authority to adopt Village laws regulating waterfront development. Before the Board of Trustees takes any action, it will publish a notice in the Port Washington News and will conduct a public hearing. At the hearing, all interested Village residents will have an opportunity to express their views directly to the Board of Trustees."