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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.



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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