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What Do You Think Are the Biggest Issues In the Village Election?

What should Greenport village board candidates be focusing on?

With the three candidates running for two seats in the Greenport Village Board election on March 19, what questions do you have for the candidates? And what do you think are the most important issues to be focusing on in the village?

Incumbent Mary Bess Phillips, Julia Robins and former board member Bill Swiskey have filed petitions to run for village trustee, the vote for which takes place on March 19 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Greenport Firehouse on Third Street.

Phillips, the owner of Alice's Fish Market in Greenport, currently serves on the board and is looking to fill the seat again when her term is up this year. Robins, a real estate agent, is a member of the Greenport Village Planning Board and this is her first run for a seat on the board. Swiskey served one year on the board previously after winning a special election for a vacant seat in 2008.

The terms for the two seats begin April 1 of this year and run through April 2 of 2017.

But as the election season heats up, what do you feel are the burning issues that need to be addressed? What do you think the candidates' platforms should be based upon?

Tell Patch in the comments section.

John February 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM
As to a few of the issues. As a resident of Greenport I find the looming debt and unfettered spending by this board very troubling and leading to an inevitable tax increase. Mismanagement of capital projects have doubled costs, and the condition of our streets and sidewalks are a disgrace under this board (except of course on Front and Main Streets) .As to candidates. Honesty, integrity, respect for the rules all the residents are expected to follow. The willingness to interact with constituents and along with their input, share with them the plan for the course the Village should take in the future. Trustees positions should be more about a donation of service, not what they personally can get out of the job.
William Swiskey sr February 26, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I call for a free and open debate where any citizen can ask any question and urge the other candidates to do so alslo
AvidRdr823 February 27, 2013 at 12:05 AM
As a voter, I feel the candidates need to be open and honest. We need to be able to trust that these people are going to act in OUR best interest, not their own, especially if it is at the expense of the tax paying residents who elected them. I need to be reassured and convinced that a candidate wants the position of trustee so they can protect, represent and give a voice to the residents, NOT so they can use the position for their own personal gain.
John February 27, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Wouldn't be nice if the other candidates would make an appearance? Trustee Phillips obviously feels she as the incumbent and the candidate with the name recognition is far above this debate, but you would think the third candidate would welcome the chance to progress her positions. Unless of course they ( as a ticket) feel "the fix is in" and there is no need to response.
John February 27, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Sorry, for all the grammar police, sometimes the cpu just takes control…respond not response.
William Swiskey sr February 28, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Still no answer to my challenge
William Swiskey sr March 01, 2013 at 01:05 AM
At least they fixed the absentee ballot mess in a hurry. Still no answer on who was responsible for the mess in the first place.
Gary M Charters March 01, 2013 at 01:27 PM
There needs to be a serious change in the way the Village conducts it's business either behind closed doors and or at open meetings, when someone asks a question they need to get valid answers not smirk faces or silly smiles from the chair of the meetings. How about accountability to the people that pay their utility bills taxes on time, these would be the people that pay their salaries too.

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