Who Should Win Farmingdale's County Seat?

The race was too close to call between Joseph Belesi and Eva Pearson Tuesday night.

The fate of Farmingdale's county seat and future control of the Nassau County Legislature has come down to a recount.

Incumbent Republican was just 51 votes over Democratic challenger for the 14th district seat after all votes were tallied early Wednesday morning.

Just before midnight, Belesi led Pearson 54 percent to 45 with 15 precincts counted. The margin steadily decreased and closed with Belesi at 50.21 percent and Pearson at 49.75 percent. All vote tallies are unofficial.

Belesi, R-Farmingdale, is a retired Nassau County Police Department supervisor who has represented the 14th Nassau County Legislative District since 2009. Pearson is a newcomer and U.S. Air Force veteran.

Take the poll below to weigh-in on who you want as your representative in the legislature.

Rosemarie Stauber November 10, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Our situation with Nassau County is awful and is not working for the everyday taxpayer. Let's give Mrs. Pearson a chance with her new ideas and experience different from the other legislators. We have to try something different - the current mix of those running Nassau County does not appear efffectve for the people...At this point - I'll try anything to see what works.
James M. November 10, 2011 at 04:21 PM
It's seems that it is more important to many Republicans to be in charge rather than actually changing things for the betterment of the entire town and County
Michael Collins November 12, 2011 at 08:18 PM
I agree that the county needs fresh ideas and that's one of the reasons I voted for Eva Pearson ! I hope she wins !!
Rosemarie Stauber November 12, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Does anyone have an idea when we will get the official results on this - will it be Pearson or Belesi???
Elect Eva Pearson November 13, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Thank you all for your support! Official election results will probably not be available until late November/ early December due the vast amount of absentee ballots that need to be reviewed. (Over 500)
Dan Michaels November 20, 2011 at 04:50 PM
I read "fresh ideas", "new ideas", but what exactly are these new and fresh ideas? Can anyone here clearly define the Pearson new issues? Tax increases? New tax ideas? We had that already. It was called the Energy Tax. Not good. Please someone tell me these new fresh ideas. Specifics only. Let's be civil OK? No need for angry assaultive responses. The election is over. Whatever the results are we all live with them. As they say: It is what it is. So let's talk.
James M. November 21, 2011 at 02:25 PM
What exactly are these same ideas that Joe is running on? He's been in office and we have the exact same problems. Joe hasn't changed anything just gone with the Republican flow. What exactly is Joe going to do to change things this time or is he going to keep going with the Republican flow and not actually work to make things better. What is Joe running on? Specifics please. What is Joe going to do different this time to address our problems? Will we get a rebate for the last term since nothing changed?
Dan Michaels November 21, 2011 at 03:04 PM
J. Marshall. I guess my question was too difficult to answer. What are the new and fresh ideas being offered by Candidate Pearson? Questions are not answered with questions. To answer yours however, the following are for your review. The Energy Tax has been eliminated. It was put in place by pror administration and was "only a few bucks" according to the 14th LD Legislator at the time. Belesi voted to eliminate it. That saved you money. The automatic Property Tax increases were like wise eliminated that were put in place by the priro administration. Taxes were reduced. A fact and a good idea in any persons view of life on Long Island. So again. I'd really like to know some new ideas and views. I could be interested. Let me know OK?
James M. November 21, 2011 at 04:51 PM
I am not on the Pearson Cheerleading squad so I am not going to answer the question. My question to you was the same as you are asking of everyone else about Pearson. Maybe more simply would be what has Joe Belesi done for me lately? The Energy tax was a while ago and because of the repeal there is a huge deficit that the Republicans are borrowing to fill because they have their "No new Tax" pledge. So according to you Joe's answer to reducing taxes is to borrow. This hasn't worked for Nassau in the past or currently, so what is Joe going to do with this new term to make my life better?
James M. November 21, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Maybe I'm trying to find out is if you, Dan Michaels, can talk intelligently and positively about what your candidate WILL do for Nassau in the future (not the past) without attacking Democrats or the opposing candidate or anyone else?
Dan Michaels November 22, 2011 at 01:05 AM
J. Marshall. Like you I'm trying to find out what Peason has to offer. Should she prevail in the recount, I as a resident would like to know what she intends to do to make Nassau better. That was my original question which apparently neither of us can answer. Who can? As to what the future holds I can only say that taxes will not be increased, despite the pressure to do so. The campaign is over J. and I put your challenge to me right back at you. What will your candidate of choice do for Nassau in the future. It's clear you're not a Belesi supporter and that's your right, but what will Belesi's opponent do for Nassau in the future. How about we start there? That's what I am trying to find out. I gave you some specifics you demanded, yet you offer me nothing in return. Why is that J ? We should all know as much as we can about all candidates. Then we could make valued judgements and decide....agreed? I like positive talk. Let's give it a try.
Tony November 22, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Belesi supported the Energy Tax to be eliminated. It was put in place by prior administration and was not “only a few bucks" but a projected 50 million at that time. (If it was only a few bucks why was it eliminated?)Since then, energy prices have gone up so the tax would have also gone up probable for a projection of an additional 5 million, so now with a 50 million dollar hole, that would have been shared by all county residents, store owners and businesses established in the County (where some of the business owners, probably most who do not live in the County but use our County and services daily) would share the expense. The new administration places the expense on employees of the County. The same employees that plow snow, provide ambulances, law enforcement, health aid, treat sewage and endless other services. The employees of the County have made countless give backs and concessions (lag pays, no pay raises, short staff, double work load) and this was all done to establish a contract in the past and assist to eliminate a deficit of the past. Now that the energy tax is gone and no additional funds coming in to replace the removed tax, the expense is again is on the shoulders of the County work force when indeed it would have been shared by every Nassau County taxpayer.
Tony November 22, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Technology changes and the cost of change should be shared by the people using them. The County has and will continue to lose its technology and will not be able to maintain it’s already in place infrastructure without the funds to do so. The funds again should be provided by the taxpayers who use the services. High taxes come on look at your tax bill. The County tax is not what you should be challenging. Belesi voted to eliminate it(The Energy Tax) and that DID NOT saved you money. It did cause a larger deficit that elected officials are shell gaming to the end of their term to pass along to the next elected official. Let’s stop the shell game and correct the problem. Taxes should be raised 1/16 percent every year regardless of the situation. All taxpayers should share the burden of the lack of funds needed to supply top notch service to the County we live in. I myself want the Best police force, fire service, plowed roadways, new road surfaces, state of the art services. All of these things cost money. Yes money. Let’s face it; a little tax increase will go a long way. When the glass is empty, it’s empty. When the well is dry, it’s dry. We have to refill our resource’s and keep our foundation strong or we (tax payers) will all pay the price and some to reestablish all the failure that we watched deteriorate because we did not want to correct it when we could. Let’s put POLITICS aside and correct our County NOW!
James M. November 22, 2011 at 06:01 PM
So Tony by your estimation the elimination of the Energy tax was a bad thing since it created a revenue hole in the budget that was filled with increased borrowing?
James M. November 22, 2011 at 06:13 PM
As I stated I am not the right person to ask about Pearson. You are side stepping my question which is what is Joe Belesi going to do? If you ask that question of Pearson supporters, you need to be prepared to answer it for the candidate you are championing over the Democratic candidate. What is Joe going to do with his new term?
Tony November 22, 2011 at 07:38 PM
@ J. Marshall......Yes it was a bad thing, the elimination was in place and all Nassau county homeowners and business owners in Nassau County that own structures or buildings or property in the County would be paying into much needed revenue to aid the County's deficit. One way or another, whether it is raise taxes or add on a tax on energy, money must come in somehow. The Mangano administration took away the energy tax that was in place (this tax was good in many ways as it would also make homeowners and business owners govern the use of energy and not waste it when it was not needed knowing there is an extra expense involved in its cost) and put in place traffic light cameras all over the place. Revenue? Yes…Fair not all the time especially if you make a right on red after stop (must be stopped for 3 seconds or more) or get a ticket. Everyone knows someone who got one or more of these tickets. So in essence, only County employees and drivers with bad driving skills are paying into the deficit and all others rich, poor or middle class need not to apply any money to bring our infrastructure back to where it’s supposed to be. I am not here venting or bashing.
Tony November 22, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Cont. ......This deficit did not happen overnight or last year or 2 years ago, this all started at the end of Executive Gulotta’s term with cost of SERVICES spinning out of control. It is not the employee’s salaries; it is the upkeep and maintenance to maintain old property, old buildings, old vehicles, and keeping up with new technologies, which are used by County residents daily. We all remember gas when it cost less than a dollar but it cost more now. Complain about gas prices sure we will but we will still pay for it because we need it. We need a better quality of life here in Nassau County and for that we must chip in and pay for it. Our property values are in the toilet and should not be. How many of us tossed away a perfectly good TV to purchase a flat panel spending a grand without batting an eye. A small tax increase every year of 1/16 percent will not hurt anyone if they are in a position to own a piece of property in Nassau County. Let’s pay a little to get a lot. Three cheers for the political elect who steps up to the plate and looks into reality. Bring my home back up to the price of value it is worth. Put green grass back into County Parks. Employee more County staff to cut the grass. Just remember , when you do not raise taxes for many, many years, when it comes time to raise them it will not be a 1/16 of a percent it will sure to be over a 10 % tax hike and who could afford that?
James M. November 22, 2011 at 07:58 PM
Tony, Thank you for your insightful and well thought out reasoning. Now the question is how do we elect someone like you instead of the choices we were given?
James M. November 22, 2011 at 08:05 PM
I think that is my general question, how do we have all these problems in Nassau and we keep voting in the same people. Not the same name but the same type of people who have a good handle on the rhetoric and blaming the other party but can't answer the questions like how to balance a budget. Borrowing should only occur for long term projects and never for short falls. If you are borrowing for a short fall in your budget (republicans have been pushing this concept as sound financing for decades) then it is a very poor budget and needs to be thrown out. Starting with a premise outside of your control, such as cutting Union wages (Manganos approach) is a poor budget. Lawyers are very good at talking and arguing but when it comes to real work or decision making they usually leave that up to the peons or their clients. Stop hiring a lawyers to do an accountants job.
Tony November 22, 2011 at 08:11 PM
:) Thank You.
John Rennhack November 22, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Gulotta with Mangano and Schmitt approving the budgets, let Nassau fall almost into bankruptcy and that was during a time when the US economy was going gang-busters. Gulotta and crew refused to make slight increases in taxes that would fill the growing budget gaps. Instead of minimal tax increases, Nassau needed a large increase and a bailout by NYS. And this time, NYS doesn't have the money to help Nassau. Everyone hates paying more money in taxes but the cost of living always increases and we can either have those services or we can't. The energy tax - which actually exists in dozens of municipalities in NYS - was an average of $6 a month for every ratepayer including renters. Everyone had a financial stake in Nassau County, not just the property owners. That $6 a month generated over $50million in revenue for the County. Mangano killed it but did not replace the revenue so what was omce a balanced budget, was way out of balance.


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