Looking Back on 2015

At the end of the year, I like to take the time to reflect on what has been accomplished and plan what goals the Village Board wishes to achieve. I am happy to say it has been a wildly successful year here in the Village of Mastic Beach and we have the great people of this wonderful Village to thank. I have always said, “The residents of Mastic Beach are simply the best people around.”  I would like to add to that statement by saying, “The whole Mastic Beach community—residents, business and civic leaders, and Village staff—are the best people anywhere. I couldn’t be prouder to be your Mayor. Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season and a fabulous New Year.

2015 Goals and Accomplishments

• Meeting Minutes written complete and published in a timely fashion.
• Public meetings video recorded and posted on website.
• Public notices posted on website.
• New and improved Village website and identity.
• Increased tickets, fees and fines to illegal rentals.
• Increased rental-permit enforcement.
• Improved relationships with other elected officials and policy-makers in the other layers of government.
• Paved Mastic Road.
• Potholes filled.
• Cleaned Department of Public Works yard and building.
• Cleaned up Neighborhood Road and Village Hall.
• “Operation Take Back” shutting down vacant homes.
• Vacant homes “Boarded and Secured.”
• Restructured the Building Department.
• Established evening Building-Department hours that are convenient for residents. 
• Building Department files organized. 
• Zoning brought into compliance with Town, County and State.
• Created a Vacant Homes Matrix (VHM) to start the rehabilitation of vacant homes.
• Blighted Properties Initiative Point System (BPIS).
• Created an Office of Emergency Management.
• National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance and fully operational emergency-management center.
• Increased transparency with a Village newsletter mailed every 100 days, email alerts to residents and daily social-media updates.
• Forensic audit to straighten out the financials.
• Forensic IT Audit to better protect residents information.
• Appointed Neighborhood Aide to assist residents with: Code Issues, NYRising, Permits, etc.
• NYRising Community Revitalization Projects (CRP).
• Established Suffolk County Police Department relief station at Village Hall.
• Established Citizens’ Committees.
• Bringing business to our Main Streets.
• Village Hall office restructuring.
• Created policy and controls for Village operations.
• Aggressively pursuing grant funding.

2016 Goals for our future

• Begin the community-based Comprehensive Plan.
• Work with Senator Croci to help residents work through NYRising paperwork.
• Work with Congressman Zeldin and Senators Gillibrand and Schumer to get residents additional FEMA monies for residents. 
• Inputting records and permits to computer software to reflect code, regulations and fee schedules.
• Work with Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning’s Office and Suffolk County to install new sidewalks to Bayview Park.
• Reface Village Hall with a new clock (Chamber fund-raiser). 
• Work with the County to get sewers to our Main Streets.
• Work with Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilperson Dan Panico to complete projects at Robert Miller Memorial Park at Legion Field, Bayview Park and Osprey Park.
• Make Village Hall more energy efficient. 
• Work with NYRising to complete projects already started to upgrade our storm-water system, which will protect our waterways from pollution and prevent flooding.
• Working with the Governor, Senator Croci, Assembly-member Dean Murray, County Executive Steve Bellone and Legislator Kate Browning to revitalize the Commercial Waterfront District at Violet Cove.
• Create a working Marina at Marina 5.
• Work on the docks of Pattersquash Creek.
• Update Beaches at Jefferson and Washington.
• Work with the other layers of government to get an additional railroad crossing to reduce local traffic congestion.