LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Received from Joe Krupinski
Sea Cliff, December 10, 2016
The Incorporated Village of Sea Cliff overwent an overhaul on Nov. 28, which left residents confused about what had just happened since the public was not invited to the proceedings. The Board of Trustees called for an executive session to reorganize and vote on the following governmental changes.
Mayor Bruce Kennedy stepped down as mayor after eight years in office. He was contemplating a fifth term and had even declared, "I would like to be mayor forever." Instead, deputy mayor Ed Lieberman was appointed interim mayor and will have to run for the seat as Sea Cliff's highest elected official on Village Election Day March 21 in the Children's Library.
Meanwhile, Bruce Kennedy was appointed by the village board as Village Administrator to replace John Mirando who left Nov. 7 to take a job with the City of Long Beach. This creates an empty trustee seat on the five-person board which will also be up for election on Election Day.
All well and good. But it leaves some questions to be answered. Why all the secrecy about making this transition take place? Why wasn't the job opening for a Village Administrator published according to municipal law? Transparency was sorely missing.
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