Received from Carol Vogt, Sea Cliff
March 13, 2018
To the Editor:
Did you know that the Village of Sea Cliff has
-a perfect New York Financial Rating, 0% fiscal stress
- a AA+ Bond rating
- so improved the beach that membership has tripled over the past eight years
-raised $10 million in grant money over the last four years, $8 million in highly competitive races for those resources
-an average yearly tax increase under 1% for the past decade, despite the tax cap
-a debt service that is less now than it was eight years ago
-restored the children's library and the exterior of village hall and has begun the restoration of its interior
- restored the Fire Department building to its historic grandeur and is upgrading its electrical system and repairing the windows
-effectively fought the American Water Company to protect resident interests
-taken strong and continuing action to prevent overdevelopment of Garvies point
-encouraged and supported the rebirth of Sea Cliff Ave. by granting cabaret licenses, obtaining grant money for a sewer line and much more.
One thing is clear. The Village of Sea Cliff is in good shape. What might not be clear to some is that this does not just happen. It happens because of the hard, time consuming work of village officials, including trustees like Kevin McGilloway.
Kevin had volunteered in community organizations and had professional experience in information technology when he first became a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and then became its chair. He had eight years of ZBA experience before his election as trustee and has served four years in that position, acting as liaison to some of the most vital aspects of village government and heading up technology and other initiatives. For the last few years, he has also served as deputy mayor. His willingness to continue serving the residents of Sea Cliff is a gift none of us can afford to reject.
That does not mean that experience like Kevin's is the only thing Sea Cliffians should think about in this election. It's also true that newcomers bring diverse perspectives, youthful energy and new ideas to village government. That's why I'm also voting for Henriette Rohl. Henriette is a newcomer but she is not new to village government. When the Board of Trustees asked for volunteers to join the Environmental Conservation Commission and the Traffic Safety Committee, she stepped up. In spite of her family, work and other commitments, she found the time. Her experience as a member of village committees and her active volunteering in community life make her the best newcomer for the job.
This is an important election for the Sea Cliff's future. Please join me and vote for Kevin McGilloway and Henriette Rohl on Tuesday, March 20, from noon to 9 p.m at the Village Recycling Center.