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RVC Election 2011: Murray Ousts Bossart for Mayor

RVC United Party sweeps election.

RVC United Party mayoral candidate Fran Murray, along with his running mates Nancy Howard and Mike Sepe, swept the village election Tuesday night, garnering 8,887 votes to the Concerned Citizens Party's 4,839 in unofficial results.

Murray will take over as mayor of Rockville Centre, as his father did more than two decades ago. "I think it was a very clean-run campaign. I thank [Mayor] Mary Bossart for all she did for the Village of Rockville Centre," said Murray, who garnered 3,011 votes to Bossart's 1,534. "Going forward, the people of Rockville Centre came out and voted for what they believed in, what they think should be right for our village for the next four years."

Howard (2,874 votes) and Sepe (3,002 votes) will take over the trustee seats occupied by Deputy Mayor Chuck Joyce and Trustee David Krasula (1,693 votes), who served on the board for the past four years. 

Howard said she felt that the RVC United Party had a better grasp on what village residents wanted. "I'm sure that the other candidates' heart and effort were in the right place, but I think that they didn't necessarily have a real sense of what the community really wanted," she said. "The community spoke to us early and that's what we ran on."

Sepe echoed Howard's sentiments.

"People want to vote for something," he said. "I think people want to vote for positive messages and for ideas and programs that will move the village forward."

Bossart said she was "disappointed in the results."

"I think it's a very tough economy and people would prefer not to have to deal with some very harsh facts — that's the whole story," Bossart said, speculating on the reason why she was voted out of office. "We can't have everything that we want all the time — difficult choices have to be made."

Results of the vote on the Rockville Centre Fire Department's proposed $21 million bond will be posted Wednesday morning.

Marc June 23, 2011 at 01:44 PM
I think the police do a pretty good job. For example, one night while walking the dog, I saw an officer stop a kid carrying a twelve pack. The kid dropped it and ran off. What could he do? He was in a cruiser and the kid was ducking thru backyards. Nothing to be done, but I kept the beer. The problem is they are spead too thin, and we all know why. What we need, simply, are more police. But the villge must generate revenue to do this. I am hoping this administration will come up with some creative fiscal policies to do this. As in the US, cuts can be made and taxes may not have to be raised. We may have to simply live with the fact that some of the village services may be disrupted for a while. I could live with that more easily than sacrificing the safety of our homes and the village. Additionally, there should be parental responsibility (say: monetary) for kids caught wrecking havoc.
Interested Bystander June 23, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Marc - I agree with you on the wandering band of drunk kids esp by the Bulson bridge and that the police do nothing. It's particularly cute when the drunk kids stop to pee in someone's bushes on the way to the bridge. Worse yet are the out in the open drug deals going on in cars parked on Windham and Buckminster that have been reported to the police. Still nothing gets done. Why aren't there routine patrols in the evening by the bridges. Where are the Auxiliary police? And the parents are not clueless - just lazy or apathetic or more concerned with Johnny keeping his hopes alive for an athletic scholarship.
Andrew P. Karamouzis June 23, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Kevin- No I'm not looking for an appointment. My comment was a reference to the new, more welcoming approach that I think the new administration will bring to Village Hall. There are lots of very talented and intelligent Village residents who are ready, willing and able to volunteer their time and talents to improve our Village. In fact, some of those folks are on this board . . .
Marc June 23, 2011 at 03:18 PM
"...or perhaps the parents reek worse? " Very insightful comment.
Casey Jones June 23, 2011 at 10:06 PM
I agree with everyone who voiced concern about the roving bands of teens that can be found on the streets on any given weekend night. It is a real problem. I graduated from SSHS in 1994 and I can attest to the fact that this is not a new problem....I'm just not sure what the police are supposed to do about it. I distinctly remember the parents of several of my acquaintances having a very negative reaction to the police when they cracked down on kids back in the 90's. I think you end up with a situation where the RVCPD is really hamstrung if the parents are not on board with their efforts.
Concerned Citizen June 23, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Mr. Mayor-elect, I am glad you weighed in on this so quickly. I have found prior attempts to alleviate this problem fall on deaf ears. I have had a few conversations with people "in authority"and have heard the same thing. The parents are quite indignant regarding thier child's chastisement, as we know, theyare such perfect little angels. I wittnessed a round up one evening and when the parents came to get their kids their was not one apology on their behalf. They simply sped off. I understand that a police record will jeopardize football scholarship, but it is an untenable position to take, that the posturing of a parent supercedes the safety of our village and our children. I am tired of explaining to my child why these kids are staggering down the road screaming, destroying property and taking a whiz wherever they want. Hopefully my explanation has and will continue to put the fear of G-d in her.
Concerned Citizen June 23, 2011 at 10:48 PM
continued... I cannot believe that the citizenry of RVC would have a problem with the police cracking down on middle class drug abuse, drinking and the inevitable drunk driving. What I can believe is it may not be politically expedient to take that position. I hope that is not and has never been the case in ouir village. As I live in the Bulson bridge area, this problem is more apparent to us than might be to others, but I think if everyone is made aware of the problem, most would jump on board. Do these parents really not care if their child is killed in a drunk driving incident, or are they just too oself absorbed? Do they not care their chjildren are destroying others property or do they consider a rite of passage, like sign stealing, or are many of them guilty of the same in their tender years. There are several of us who have already made a pact to keep tabs on each other's kids, forseeing the future. I beg you address this problem with all the power of the Mayor's office. Parking can wait a bit. If you want to confab, you can reach me. Thank you for your patience.
Casey Jones June 24, 2011 at 12:59 AM
Good evening Concerned Citizen, I am Francis X. Murray Jr. The Mayor-elect is my father. It's a real shame that you are forced to deal with unruly kids in such a wonderful part of town. I grew up with friends that lived on Bulson,Buckminster,Oakdale,Reeve,etc and it remains one of my favortie parts of town. I hope it's not as bad for you as it was for the residents of Harvard Ave when I was a teen....that was out of control!! There were times when 40-50 kids would congregate and wreak havoc on that street. I sincerely hope that the situation improves for the sake of your family and your neighbors.
RVC resident June 24, 2011 at 01:33 AM
You are so right about the parent in this town. They are too busy worried about their kids "Athletic careers" that they do not see how they act when they are not on the basketball court of the football field. Either that or they are too drunk themselves at night to worry about what havoc their kids wreck. It is not only by the bridge that this is happening it is all over town. I have yet to walk on a Sunday morning and not find Natty light cans all over everyone's lawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really ???????? These are the kind of people that show us that you can't buy class. I guess we shouldn't be surprised at the kids when they see their parents taking their kids trick or treating with a beer can in their hand. Its true maybe if the cops crack down on them and let these moronic parents know that their college scholarship is in jeopardy they might care!!!!!!!
Concerned Citizen June 24, 2011 at 01:36 AM
I hope it improves too, but, I guess ,at this point, its in your father's hands...
Concerned Citizen June 24, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Good points, Ted....But i'm sure you realize these kids are waaaaaay too "cool" to be involved in a "youth committee." Weren't you? I was. The difference was WE WERE NOT VIOLENT! We did not destroy property. We did not take a whiz on our neighbors bushes. Now, this kid and his peers graduated high school in 1994, myself in 1971. Big difference, huh? One foot in Southeast Asia, one on the beach. We were taught RESPECT. These thugs are not. They are the product of "entitlement," and that is the parent's fault. There is a snooty nose in the air about RVC. I was in Dunking Donuts: Can I help you? Gimme a mocha java Thanks for comming to DD. How much? 2 dollars. Here. ....exit stage left. Yup...which BMW do you want this year, my darling? QED.
Concerned Citizen June 24, 2011 at 01:52 AM
Well....my momma always said: "Consider the source. The apple never falls far from the tree..."
Concerned Citizen June 24, 2011 at 03:06 AM
Amen to that!
pee'd of im be pee'd on June 24, 2011 at 03:10 AM
I too am not looking forward to the loud noises, drunken kids unrinating and throwing beer cans on my lawn. This happens every weekend. Not to mention my home is within eyesight of the Police Station. Now when my two infants finally get to sleep, I savor the few hours between their bed times and last call. I know if I went outside and took care of business I would wind up in the back of a cop car. Why not have a some cops address this issue weekends from 2 to 4 am. You know they re quick stop and ticket a car left on the street by accicent. How about ticketing the creep peeing on my lawn on purpose?
Casey Jones June 24, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Hi Ted, it would not be fair for me to say what individuals that I don't personally know are or are not doing in the home. Many of these kids may have excellent parents and still behave poorly when they are out on their own trying to be cool in front of their friends. I want to be very clear, I am not taking shots at RVC's parents....not at all. I do not have children of my own so I would not dare act like I know how tough it is to raise kids. I wonder if it might be beneficial for a representative from the RVCPD to hold a town hall type meeting for parents so the parents and the RVCPD could learn how to work together? If the parents and RVCPD are on the same page and the kids know it....well then you might see a change. Just my two cents.....
Marc June 24, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Ted said: "In the end, the answer lies with the court doing more whether parents like it or not." Why do I think that just ain't gonna happen?"
Marc June 24, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Too much "winking and nodding" going on... "Any parent who thinks it's OK for his or her kid to get away with this behavior is not being a good parent or a good citizen. Is there someone reading this now who thinks it is OK for your kid to drink in the streets, get drunk, urinate on lawns, be rowdy? If so, speak up. We would like to hear from you." There must be since so may people are on the receiving end of these generous gifts...
Kevin O'Reilly June 24, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Jack retired. He was also ill. What are you implying here Sir?
Kevin O'Reilly June 24, 2011 at 11:48 PM
That's true! And some of them were on the Board!
Kevin O'Reilly June 24, 2011 at 11:55 PM
I wonder if anyone noticed that the last two elections for Village Justice had only one candidate? Ultimately parents are responsible for the behavior of their kids, but if they won't act, then the Authorities need to! I am not faulting the actions of the Village justices but I would stress to those wanting stiffer penalties for misbehavior/vandalism to attend Village meetings and speak out. Also having a choice between a justice and a "tough" justice is desirable!
That RVC guy June 25, 2011 at 12:16 AM
The Police in this town are damned if they do, and damned if they dont; Prior posters are correct in stating that the "Important People" that populate portions of this village would rather attack the messenger than address the fact that little Bradley or Missy may not be the perfect angels they envision them to be. I've seen the parents of marauding middle school miscreants call the cops on homeowners who dared to speak to their little angels as they roved in rowdy gangs of 10 or more trespassing and harassing folks far from their own million dollar homes! Just today I had a similar gang throw a rock at my auto as I took the family out for a graduation lunch! The only way to overcome the Cops reluctance to address this is for us to make this a priority for the Mayor.... and for him in turn to make it a priority for his cops; More importantly, the Mayor and the PC must back up their cops in their efforts no matter how important Mommy and Daddy may be in the town...... or in their Lawfirm/Investment banking careers. Its not the Old Mill COurt residents doing this..... As Guiliani showed us with his broken windows theory of policing that turned NYC back around, address the little things and the larger ones will take care of themselves.
Concerned Citizen June 25, 2011 at 02:27 AM
Sorry to come so late to the party....I have to agree with Marc above, that there is no doubt that with a "wink and a nod" anything can be made to go away in this town. That is a problem on may levels. An unopposed election for village justice undermines the basic tenets of deomcracy. Why does no one run? Are there no other qualified people? Are they "afraid" of repercussions shouyld they lose? While I do not denigrate the job these men are doing, I believe an unopposed election is not healthy. The village "monarchy" that exists may be the root of many of our judicial problems. I personally do not believe that being a "life long" resident or a member of a particular "organization" does not qualify an individual to govern. This concept, in and of itself, supports my theory. Well, you've lived here all your life, you're now an authotitative figure and things still suck! Go figure. RVC Guy hits the nail on the head. But, the more things change, the more they stay the same. As thye say: be careful what you wish for, it may come true. I sincerely hope this will not be the hallmark description of the new administration.
Kevin O'Reilly June 25, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Lots of people can shoot! What an idiotic response! You deflect the issue. You stated that Mayor Bossart let Jack slip away (on a public forum). Would you care to state in a public forum what you mean by that or are you clever enough to realize that litigation could be a problem?
Craig Lombardo June 25, 2011 at 01:47 PM
The stage is set. The equipment is already there. Im sure it will, unfortunately, remain in tact.
Josie June 25, 2011 at 01:59 PM
New York state has passed the tax cap legislation. What does that mean for our village? Thoughts?
Kevin O'Reilly June 25, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Ted, Ted, Ted, if case you have forgotten the thread started with your comments on Bossart/McKeon. You are continuing to deflect. You also are giving legal advice. Are you a lawyer? If not, I would suggest that you keep your legal advice to yourself. And finally, I have no plans on going away. People need to stay tuned and hold their politicians feet to the fire on all the promises they make. You as a "journalist" should realize that the first amendment is there for all, not just the people that win elections and their boorish supporters. Comment all you like, my legal counsel, I will still be speaking, as will many others, and you will not shut them up.
Kevin O'Reilly June 25, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Ted, unless you're a lawyer, follow your own philosophy and don't give legal advice. Put it where the sun doesn't shine!
Casey Jones June 26, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Concerned Citizen, are you suggesting that my peers and I were not taught respect? Are you also claiming that kids who graduated in 1971 were somehow superior to the kids of today? There was some awful behavior exhibited by folks of your generation as well. The way SOME of the youth of your day treated the WWII generation was disgusting, so let's not condemn all of today's youth and let's not deify all of the folks who graduated from SSHS in your day. I think that's fair....do we have a deal?
Interested Bystander June 26, 2011 at 12:40 AM
LOL Kevin you need to get a life. "Boorish supporters?" Your gal Mary took a thumpin. She got CRUSHED, Kevin. You seem to be calling 2/3 of the Village you live in boorish. Was that really your intent? Or are you just really angry that without Dean's Chicago style raising of the dead to get out the vote your gal went down in flames? I don't agree with Ted's sentiment that you should leave, however. The bitterness you wear on your sleeve is higly entertaining. Gonna be a fun 4 years.
Kevin O'Reilly June 26, 2011 at 07:56 AM
Delete Kevin O'Reilly 3:56am on Sunday, June 26, 2011 Not my intent as you well know. There are a number of boors in all groups. You obviously missed Teds boorish comments earlier about shooting someone's parts off. Does that not sound boorish to you? At least he had the sense to delete that part later and repost the rest of his comments. Or maybe it was a moderator that got to him. I don't think that it will be a fun filled four years but I hope I'm wrong about that! Interesting that you choose to remain anonymous. That says a lot

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