A challenger in Massapequa Park’s trustee election says he wants residents to feel more connected to their village government, while incumbents say they’re focused on repaving the streets.
Political newcomer Adam H. Dulberg is running on the Massapequa Values Party line against incumbents Daniel Pearl and Tina Schiaffino, who are running on the People’s Rights First Party line. There are two open seats in the March 21 election with terms that run for two years.
Dulberg, 41, an accountant who graduated from what was then C.W. Post (now LIU Post), said he wants to get the community more involved in village government through an outreach effort and by putting more information on its website.
“Residents really care about the community, but seem to be disconnected from local government,” Dulberg said.
He said a contested election was an opportunity for “fresh blood” on the board. Schiaffino and Pearl were appointed to their trustee positions.
“With my accounting background, I could bring some fresh eyes and maybe a new perspective and assure that the village is doing the best that it can for the residents,” Dulberg said.
Schiaffino, 55, an office manager who was appointed to the board in 2010, said the village needs to invest in roadwork.
“Right now, infrastructure and roads are very important,” Schiaffino said, adding that the village should “redo as many roads as we can every year and make sure we plan that accordingly.”
Schiaffino said she also wants to make sure rentals within homes are limited to true “mother-daughter” situations.
“We want to maintain our single-family home status,” Schiaffino said. She said she wants to continue the practice of having applicants for rentals come before the board for permission. “We’re not looking to harass people, we just want to make sure the rules are followed,” she said.
Pearl, 44, a deputy commissioner for environmental resources for the Town of Oyster Bay who was appointed to the board in 2012, also said the village needs to invest in roads.
“We want to just be fiscally responsible,” Pearl said. “I also want to continue with the road construction.”
Pearl said he wants to keep the “suburban feel” of the village while making it easy for storefront businesses to get the permits they need to open.
“We like the look of the village,” Pearl said. “Our downtown is thriving.”