Below are some compiled goals from the Pontieri administration for the new year:
MAYOR PAUL PONTIERI AND VILLAGE ATTORNEY BRIAN EGAN
1.) South Patchogue Sewer Project: Funded by Gov. Kathy Hochul and former Suffolk County Legislature presiding officer Rob Calarco, in response to the mayor’s objection to Patchogue being cut out from the county project; the village anticipates starting the infrastructure wok mid-year.
2.) St Joseph’s College sewer connection and installation of main in Central Avenue neighborhood: SJC is privately funding 100 percent of the connection installation and as a condition, is installing the main that will allow the expansion of the village sewer system to that neighborhood.
3.) Shorefront Park: After years of delay by the regulatory agency in permitting review, and now faced with exponentially higher costs, this project will finally be the right size for the budget and started.
4.) Redevelopment of empty commercial properties to grow tax base: According to the mayor and Egan, there are significant commercial properties that are empty or have decayed. Pontieri said he is working hard to attract redevelopment consistent with the village zoning.
5.) Environmental goals: The village will continue to partner with other levels of government to clean the waterways around Patchogue, including a planned project with the Town of Brookhaven to reduce the runoff on the border of the village on Bay Avenue.
6.) Another top goal, Pontieri said, is to work with the Main Street businesses to ensure economic viability. He also hopes to continue the West Main Street growth and work on quality-of-life issues.
GOALS FROM THE BOARD:
TRUSTEE JOE KEYES
As liaison to the Parks Department, Keyes hopes to continue to see the expansion of programs in the summer this year, as well as the renovation of the Rider Avenue pickleball and tennis courts.
His largest goal, however, is to finally start a version of the Shorefront Park project. The cost, he said, just keeps getting higher and higher. Additionally, he would like to see the installation of a splash pad by the village pool.
TRUSTEE LIZBETH CARRILLO
In October, Carrillo said, a mother and daughter crossing Route 112 were hit by a car; the young girl died. Another pedestrian was hit just a few weeks later and remains in a coma.
As a team, she said, the village is working towards the safety of the community’s pedestrians. She hopes to continue to work with businesses to provide vests for walkers in the community so that drivers can see them at nighttime. However, the struggle, she said, is finding a way to make wearing the reflective yellow vests “popular.”
The village is launching a pedestrian education program in collaboration with the Patchogue-Medford Library and Suffolk County Police Department. The goal is to purchase 200 vests.
Carrillo also wants to spread knowledge of COVID-19 prevention and help to members of the community, as well as work with the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the Hispanic community and culture.
“Knowledge is power,” she said.
TRUSTEE SUSAN BRINKMAN
Her goal for the year is to continue providing ways for residents to access important information. Whether a village board meeting or zoning and planning board applications, she said, her goal is to provide as much access as possible in an easy-to-use format.
TRUSTEE JACK KRIEGER
His goal is to see work start on the renovation of the 6th District Courthouse parking lot. The project, he said, will increase the number of parking spaces and improve security, with new energy-efficient lighting. Another goal he has is to see the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts get past the pandemic and welcome back full houses.
TRUSTEE PATRICK MCHEFFEY
In 2022, he said, the Community Development Agency will continue to support the viability of Patchogue Village. He looks forward to continuing to rebuild sidewalks and investing in public art.
VILLAGE CLERK LORI DEVLIN
The clerk’s office has a goal to modernize the records management process utilizing the latest technology available for the purpose. Devlin said the village is consulting with the Town of Brookhaven and New York State Archives in order to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and offer an improved experience for the residents.
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