Walk me through the first three things you would do if you got this job.
(2) Join the Shellfish Advisory Committee
(3) Earn DEC certification as a water quality tester to ensure valid scientific methodology working to get shellfish lands re-opened for harvest.
(B)- Get more actively involved in the development of the Town’s new Comprehensive Plan, and
(C) Work towards bettering our Deer Management Program.
-Chapter 96- Boats, Docks and Wharves
-Chapter 111-Town of Southold Coastal Erosion Hazard Area law
-Chapter 219-Shellfish and other Marine Resources
-Chapter 275- Wetlands Law of the Town of Southold
I would seek to earn DEC certifications as a water quality tester and on an administrative note, I would observe common practices and evaluate more efficient ways to conduct business and save the taxpayers money.
2) Promote mandatory annual shellfish stock assessments for bay scallops to promote equitable harvest between commercial and residential shellfishers in years of abundance.
3) Seek science-based measures to protect eelgrass beds that continue to decline.
WELLS: Whenever I take on a new project I seek to understand the processes first. I will use my experience applying structured systems analysis to all town codes pertaining to Trustees, including policies, procedures and processes. Once documented, I will verify (with full transparency) the accuracy of the analysis with my peers. The result of this analysis usually identifies redundancies and inefficiencies… Second, I will categorize past cases into type and study how the Trustees came to their decisions. Third, I will identify criteria that can be used as KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators), against which I can measure my own and the Trustees’ performance.
DINIZIO: 1. I would utilize the experience I have gained working within the Building, Planning, and Zoning departments to set up and codify a set of procedures and standards that would govern the individual actions of members of each board as well as boards as a whole.
2. I would encourage a more intensified use of Municity software by town employees and town board members. This program is not currently being used at anywhere near its full potential. I believe that it can be a great tool to promote efficiency and responsibility in town hall.
3. Work to increase the enforcement of our codes currently on the books.
1. Establish dialogues with each of the current board members to bring me up to speed on the current issues and the history of how they have developed.
2. I would set up a series of periodic community meetings with different interest groups to continually having a dialogue with the citizens of the Town to keep abreast of current concerns
3. I would meet with all of the department heads in the town and their staffs to hear their concerns and suggestions for making them more efficient and effective to serve the residents of Southold Town.
ROTHMAN: I have no agendas as to what I would do or could do. I would act in a responsible fashion to deal with issues that face the town. Preserving open space, our natural resources, and the these quality of life issues we are faced with on a daily basis would take high priority. It is OUR town and we all must face and deal with the issues in a responsible, balanced and transparent fashion.
FINORA: My first three things would be to better acquaint myself with my fellow trustees a I am a huge believer in the power of regular, clear and honest communication. Next I would prepare a priority-based agenda. Third, I would be sure our constituents understand the importance of our waterfront issues and how we must confront them together, even if this means making seemingly painful decisions.
What unique experience or qualifications separate you from the other candidates? Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in qualifying you for the position you are seeking.
DOMINO: My military service, academic background, and business experience (see attached palm card), served me will during my past term as Town Trustee; and accordingly will allow me to seek reasonable fact based alternative solutions whenever permit problems arise.
GHOSIO: I think that in order to be a legislator of any kind, one has to have a desire to serve and to have compassion for the people they serve. That is, to be able to relate to the people’s experience in whatever place in life they are-young/old, rich/poor, etc. My experiences in seminary and working with people with disabilities fostered in me at a young age the need to listen and relate and to have a sense of what and why a person feels as they do. This is very helpful when I have to gather input from people before making decisions that may have an impact on their lives or their way of life. It also helps in coping with the fact that no matter what decision one makes in dealing with groups of people, not everyone will be happy. On a more pragmatic level, my business experience and ability to react with the markets, for example, working to bring biofuels to the retail market here in Southold before anyone else on Long Island helps me to have foresight and understanding of the world around me.
As far as projects of significance for the position I seek, I’d point to all the work that was done to update the wetlands codes. A great many hours of writing, researching and debating went into the updates. In fact it took several years to complete, a fact that bothered me and I said so at the hearings. However, I felt the final product was fair and was ultimately needed to better the code. This was essential experience to prepare to move on to town council.
SANDERS: Two deployments to Afghanistan separate me from the other candidates. It is not just service in time of war but the experience that comes with mobilizing as an Infantry officer. There is no better way to learn the following skills: planning, research, investigation, logistical coordination and leadership to name a few.
BREDEMEYER: I am a surface water quality expert with over 25 years’ experience in marine surface water quality with the Suffolk County Office of Ecology, participating in the EPA’s National Coastal Assessment Program, the EPA Beach Act Study, Long Island Sound Study, Peconic Estuary Program and numerous smaller studies, many right here in Southold, including the first Suffolk County-wide characterization of toxic red tides. I was the chief microscopist enumerating the Brown Tide algae for the Peconic Estuary program for 6 years spending nearly 15,000 hours on the microscope. I head up the Town’s Shellfish Advisory Committee which is working to re-open shellfish lands through the application of state of the art science.
WELLS: Before retiring in 2012, I managed the refinement and documentation of all procedures and processes in the IT Department at the Fox Television Stations Group. I was trusted with this project which impacted all aspects of company policy, proving that I am qualified and experienced in analyzing and managing highly granular and complex issues—and the issues the Trustees face are no less complex. I have managed many similar corporate change projects as CIO and VP of television Information Technology for Disney, ABC and Fox. On my Geoff Wells LinkedIn page (http://goo.gl/UO0v6M), you will see that my career has been all about proactively, managing responsible change of business systems, without disrupting operations. I have experience balancing the needs of both the user community and management, and can leverage my analytic experience to balance the needs of the community, town government, the DEC and the CAC. I am a creative problem solver, and always strive for a win-win outcome, believing it is not only possible, but is essential if changes are to be sustainable into the future.
EISENSTEIN: While at Northwest Airlines I was tasked with developing a program for 10,000 flight attendants based on increasing communication skills, mediation and emotional intelligence. I developed the program, and then taught this program to flight attendants throughout the United States and Asia. Additionally, I have conducted training programs in communication, leadership and emotional development for corporations, military, educational institutions and government agencies throughout the United States.
I am also a trained mediator and have conducted hundreds of hours of mediation for the Southold Town Justice Court.
ROTHMAN: I have run a 3rd Generation Small business that was started by my grandfather in 1918. I have adapted, evolved and survived in a business climate where similar businesses have not. By doing this I have worked with other business owners, farmers, residents and members of our community and have a great insight to what it takes to thrive on the North Fork. I do not come from a political or government background, I come with a local perspective and love of our town and am ready, willing and able to bring this perspective to Southold Town Government.
FINORA: I am a professional communicator, able to keep issues on the agenda. While I respect the work of the trustees, they may be able to better achieve their objectives by having a professional communicator on board. I would be able to better communicate with the town government, our constituents and local media. I am a former media-relations and marketing executive at a Fortune 100 company.
Southold Township has over 160 miles of shoreline and close to fifty major creeks, ponds and inlets; our shoreline, both public and privately owned (to MHW), is a major asset to this town and should be cared for analogous to what is done for all other property throughout town during the spring and fall clean-ups.
Therefore, a cooperative effort is underway where the public and private sector are working together to care for “Where the BLUE meets the GREEN.” In cooperation with SoutholdVOICE, a non-profit organization of waterfront property owners, the Town will have a shoreline clean-up on the weekend of May 18, 19.
Residents will be able to bring any flotsam, jetsam or other shore laden debris to fifteen designated drop spots throughout the Town, where Town personnel will remove it. Residents will also be able to bring any of this debris, over the scales, at the Town’s Transfer Station in Cutchogue free of charge. Flotsam, jetsam, and other debris shows up on the shoreline areas of the Town through tidal action, storms, or neglect. Items can range from balloons, all types of plastics, used hygiene products, tires, tree limbs (and entire trees), dock pieces, flotation, and boat parts – basically anything that has the smallest capacity to float
Large signage will be placed at each drop spot prior to the clean-up. The selected drop spots are:
1 Breakwater Beach (Sound)
2 Bailie Beach (Sound)
3 Veterans Beach (Bay)
4 Town Transfer Stations (over the scale)
5 New Suffolk Beach (Bay)
6 Nassau Point Causeway Beach (Bay)
7 Town Beach (Sound)
8 Sound Drive/67 Steps (Sound)
9 Indian Neck Road (Bay)
10 Kenney’s Beach (Sound)
11 South Harbor PARK Beach (Bay)
12 Goose Creek Beach (Bay
13 Cedar Beach (Bay)
14 Truman’s Beach (Sound)
15 Land’s End (Sound)
I bet you didn’t know that your Board of Directors meets every month!
We meet monthly to go over finances, budgets/expenditures, new and ongoing projects and conceptual ideas for SV to consider, as well as other issues important to the membership. Each Board member accepts their responsibility very seriously and should be congratulated for their efforts. Give them an “Atta-Boy” next time you speak with any of them.
Joseph Fischetti, PE Helicopter Advisory Committee was a guest speaker at Southold VOICE’s Annual meeting last week. Mr. Fischetti spoke for about 20 minutes, then answered questions. Mr. Fischetti’s presentation did not lend itself to video capture for various reasons, but given the strong interest being expressed in this topic, I’m posting the section where the lights go up and Mr. Fischetti answers audience questions, which I hope you find interesting. You’ll need to turn up the volume.
Our Annual Meeting was hosted at Southold Town Recreation Center, on Saturday July 30th at 9am. For the benefit of those who missed the meeting, reasons of accuracy and simply because we have the technology to do it, I’m posting raw (unedited) video of guest speakers in the order in which they appeared.