The Bayville election next week is effectively a referendum on new development versus maintaining the status quo.
Controversial zoning changes approved by split votes of the board of trustees to permit a seaside inn and to allow apartments in business districts drew large, vocal crowds to meetings over the past year.
Eight candidates are running for three trustee seats and one village judgeship. All terms are for four years.
Incumbent trustee Harry Pinkerton III is running on the Bayville Revitalization Party line. With him on that line are Alfred Avazis and Lisa Maloney for the three trustee seats, and Madeleine Petrara-Perrin for village justice. Incumbent village justice Anthony Perri is running on the Taxpayers Party with trustee candidates Robert De Natale, Michele Principe and Robert Nigro.
Pinkerton, 67, president of Syosset-based Fluid Metering, Inc. which produces medical equipment, said he wants to “rid the village of blight.”
“We have too many unfinished projects that people have started in the past but were never able to finish,” Pinkerton said.
De Natale, 75, recently retired from a family jewelry businesses, said he opposes recent zoning changes, which he said could lead to “overdevelopment” and increased traffic.
“I want to preserve the quality of life in the village,” De Natale said.
Avazis, 48, who has lived in the village for 13 years and works in financial services, said he wants to preserve the quaintness of Bayville while at the same time promoting local business with an “I Love Bayville” campaign.
“You see advertising for other villages . . . why can’t we do that?” Avazis said.
Principe, 60, a high school teacher in the New York City school system, said she wants to revisit the recent zoning changes and said the current administration needs to be more transparent.
“We’re worried about the traffic that would be brought in,” Principe said. “We don’t want this door open for such high-volume development.”
Maloney, 49, an assistant director of nursing at Winthrop Hospital, said she would begin webcasting trustee meetings to increase transparency and favors a new inn to make Bayville more attractive for events like weddings and graduation parties.
“It would serve both our business community and our community to have a modest small seaside inn that allowed for all of that to happen all year round,” Maloney said. “It also would allow for us to get some tax income.”
Robert Nigro is a retired Nassau County assistant district attorney who said in campaign literature that he wants “to save the beautiful aspects of the village.”
Perri, 67, has served as Bayville village justice since 2001 and was a trustee and deputy mayor before that. He is a Nassau County traffic court judge and a retired trial lawyer.
“I’ve been on both sides,” Perri said. “I’ve been the judge and I’ve been the guy being yelled at by the judge.”
Petrara-Perrin, 49, is running for village justice. She is a judicial law clerk in State Supreme Court in Mineola in the commercial division. “I can see all points, be objective, try to make everybody, so to speak, agree,” Petrara-Perrin said.
The election is from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at Bayville Fire Co. No. 1, 258 Bayville Ave.