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Francis Murray to Run for Mayor in June Election

Former mayor's son wants to revitalize downtown, change parking restrictions and refurbish athletic fields.

A new political party has surfaced in Rockville Centre over the past year, and its candidate for the June mayoral race is a name you've heard before.

Francis Murray, son of longtime mayor Eugene Murray, will challenge incumbent Mary Bossart as the Rockville Centre United Party 's candidate in the June 21 village election. Eugene was Bossart's predecessor as mayor for two decades.

"We came to the conclusion that the current mayor and her supermajority on the board just did not have what it takes to run our village in the way that we're accustomed to living for the past 20 years," Murray said of why he's running.

The Rockville Centre United party was formed in 2010, Murray said, after some residents became increasingly frustrated with the direction of the village. He explained that village roads are deteriorating, services are being cut, athletic fields have fallen into disrepair and the downtown business district is not as clean as it once was.

"I was born here in 1951 and I've never lived anywhere else," he said. "I've watched [the village] grow and seen my father regenerate the whole downtown and make it beautiful. It's not that way now."

Murray said that the business district is the village's lifeline and should be a top priority of the board to ensure its survival. He said charging for parking after 6 p.m. has chased away consumers, and as part of the Chamber of Commerce, has spoken to numerous business owners who share his sentiment. "Eventually, we're going to lose stores," he said if parking restrictions are not eased. "Our slogan will be, 'Come back to RVC, we're friendly again.'" 

He underscored his plan to beautify the business district, which would entail breaking the village into sections and businesses would be assigned a sector to spruce up. Businesses could then advertise in their section, he said. Murray added that he'd like to have establishments that are located by village entrance ways — like , South Nassau Communities Hospital and — to also help beautify those areas. "I want it to be gorgeous when you walk into our village," he said. "It won't happen in a day, but it will happen."

Murray added that he is upset with the condition of the village's athletic fields, and that is something he would change if elected mayor. "Our ball fields are deteriorating and disgusting," he said. "I grew up here. I played on these fields. Hickey Field looks like a weed patch." Murray said he has independent contributors who want to replace the sprinkler systems and re-sod the fields, and it wouldn't cost taxpayers any money.

One of his best talents, Murray noted, is his negotiating ability. He'd like to use that talent to restore relationships in the village that he feels have been strained over the past few years. "The relationship with the public schools, Village Hall and the Rockville Centre Fire Department fell apart when Eugene left," he said. "Again, [the village board] has no negotiating ability, but we're going to fix that."

The village election is on June 21 and all voting will be done at the Recreation Center at 111 N. Oceanside Road.

Kevin O'Reilly March 16, 2011 at 11:54 PM
The Unity Party? Could Mr Murray not keep his fathers party unified behind him?
Alison Gilbert March 20, 2011 at 03:18 PM
I suggest we stay focused on the issues not the personalities or the 'back story' politics.
Kevin O'Reilly March 26, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Suggest whatever you like. The "Unity" Party begs the question I asked! Time will tell.
Alison Gilbert March 27, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Why don't you ask him? Hopefully there will be some kind of public debate or discussion between the candidates so we know what they represent, plan and how they interact with each other.
Kevin O'Reilly March 27, 2011 at 08:13 PM
I plan to. Thanks for your concern!
Alison Gilbert March 27, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Let me know if you hear of any debates or such meetings. I am interested too. We will have to introduce ourselves to each other.
Craig Lombardo April 02, 2011 at 01:21 PM
I believe that is incorrect. Eugene was mayor for 20 years and held Mayor position prior to Bossart. Therefore, making Eugene, Bossart's predecessor as written. Now, can we please just have an office that will stop nickel and diming the parking? St. Agnes lot, adjusted meter hours, etc....enough to drive away visitors AND locals from going into town. Not to mention that its all a silly plan to cough up a few bucks in exchange for a bitter taste in the mouths of RVC residents. Hope this "chump change" plan pulled their budget out of whatever hole they were in!
Ted D. Gluckman April 02, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Eugene it is. I stand corrected. Thank you.
Alison Gilbert April 03, 2011 at 11:56 AM
I would like to protest the RVC funding cuts, in particular, the Senior Center. I have recently attended some activities there and saw that the plan is to cut their funding by 50%! That would be disastrous. Unfortunately that would have to be reversed before the election of a new mayor and the current administration would have to take action. It is possible to reverse this cut by simply charging each (household or person in RVC) an extra $7.50 per year! Yes, less that the cost of a movie. The meeting that was held last week where seniors (or anyone) opposed to the cut in funds which would result in a MAJOR CUT IN SENIOR SERVICES was held at 8:15 in the evening. How many seniors drive at night? How many even still drive and want to go out at that time. It seems to me that this was done purposely to quiet the opposition voice. Part of having a thriving community is having vibrant, active seniors who can participate in activities, lectures, workshops and have a place to go to be with their peers just like very one else. Cutting the budget of the Sandel Senior Center would be a disgrace to RVC and a crime against our seniors.
Ted D. Gluckman April 03, 2011 at 12:41 PM
I would be happy to pay the $7.50 to keep these activities going. Perhaps we need to circulate a petition, ASAP, to see how many others feel the same and then present it to Mayor Bossart?
Ted D. Gluckman April 04, 2011 at 02:03 AM
Will stop by the center to sign it when I get back to town next week. Thanks.
Anthony Bottan (Editor) April 07, 2011 at 04:50 PM
The petition is actually being circulated by members of the Sandel Center, NOT its staff. My apologies.
Frank May 10, 2011 at 09:51 PM
What's your take on this statement made to Mayor Bossart: 1. Hire more officers to combat the spillover of crime from Hempstead, Uniondale, Lakeview, Roosevelt Queens, Brooklyn, and Freeport. RVC police is the third busiest precinct in Nassau County! Ask for State and County Aid! RVC Police are doing the job of Six Nassau County precincts! 2 Upgrade Police technology and information systems. 3.Form Alliances with Lynbrook and Malverne Police departments to share resources like equipment, expertise, and technology, etc. Three budgets are better than one! 4. Solicit INS to deport illegal aliens that are committing crimes in our village. 5.Arm auxiliary police and increase authority to enforce village codes. What criminal would fear an un-armed auxiliary officer? I wouldn't and I'm a god-fearing, tax paying citizen! 6.Stop the infiltration of MS-13 into our neighborhood. 7.Install high tech cameras to monitor our borders. 8. Prohibit the harboring of known gang members that reside in Old Mill Court. As for the parking issue, residents do want a parking structure. That’s a load of bull that residents are against it! The only hesitation is the potential crime. I say, trim back sections of Old Mill Court and place a parking structure there with a paid security detail! Ask AvalonBay to do the honors! They happily do it as they have the most to gain by minimizing the "Old Mill Court" effect on future rentals
pat June 21, 2011 at 03:33 PM
So which special interest group in the Village has Mr. Murray NOT made a promise to? Hold on to your wallets folks, taxes will go through the roof!
Patrick Boland June 21, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Still making stuff up? This is starting to reek of desperation.

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