Endorsement: Hubbard and Murray for Greenport Village Board

03/10/2011 6:20 AM |

Last Thursday night’s Greenport candidates’ forum sponsored by The Suffolk Times revealed why villagers would be well served by choosing George Hubbard Jr. and David Murray as trustees when they go to the polls next Tuesday, March 15.

Mr. Hubbard has emerged as a thoughtful voice on the Village Board, demonstrating that he does his homework and puts in the necessary long hours not only to bring ideas to the table, but to shepherd them through to completion.

David Murray took the reins of the Historic Preservation Commission two years ago when very capable veterans were dropped because they lacked village residency. In his hands, the commission has continued to be a vital force in protecting the historic nature of Greenport. Mr. Murray understands how to achieve balance between the concerns of those who fear that expanding the historic district to the entire village could be costly for residents who want to make changes to their property and the interests of maintaining architectural integrity.

Our concern with former trustee Bill Swiskey comes down to temperament. He clearly cares passionately about the village in which he has lived most of his life. But he also demonstrates what has become obvious in recent years: He’d rather fight than legislate.

Sometimes putting a proverbial fox in the henhouse can help keep everyone on their toes. But during the year Mr. Swiskey served on the Village Board, he was more disruptive than constructive. He’s quick to quote figures, but they’re often out of context, and even when presented with information disputing his claims, he holds firm to his original opinions.

Mayor David Nyce has no opposition and, short of an unexpected write-in vote, will continue at Village Hall for another four years. He demonstrated last week that he, too, has grown in the job, is fully aware of the many challenges the village faces and has the will and energy to address them.

Running a small government isn’t easy under the best conditions. And in tough times, especially, the community needs a Village Board working under the understanding that the common welfare must outweigh and overshadow personal differences and disputes. We’re not suggesting that every meeting must be filled with sweetness and light. Board members will debate, argue and sometimes fight, but all that energy needs to be focused on goals. That’s making a great village even better.



8 Comment

  • My comment is not to suggest to anyone how to vote in the upcoming Village election, but more about the bias of the Suffolk Times. I do not understand how a candidate gets the endorsement of the local newspaper, when the only answer to any question (at the newspaper sponsored forum) was “I don’t know”. How does “I don’t know” to the issues, as opposed to the other candidate “being contentious” more desirable and advantageous to the greater need to voters? The high road would have been to endorse neither candidate, any endorsement should be about the ability to get the job done, if neither candidate because of their experience or personality in your opinion does not have the ability to do that…You should endorse no one.

  • The Times has the right to endorse who it wants even if the editorial writer lacks the courage to give his name. What they don’t have the right to do is call my facts out of context with looking at them. Tell troy I ‘ll sit at any public forum with him and let him disprove them if he can, thats a challenge Mr. Gustofson. Please take it. William Swiskey you know where I live.

  • I am so voting for you Bill…

  • “the people of the village will be taxed to death if they borrow anothjer (sic) 3,000,ooo I find the times reporting at best imcomplete, (sic) oh a question what candidate was caught with a building permit in southold , sounds like stones and glass”

    Mr. Swiskey made this comment last week to which I replied:

    Sorry Mr. Swiskey, but you even lost “the mother-in-law vote” when you stooped to innuendo with the question “what candidate was caught with a building permit in southold, sounds like stones and glass”. The last person I know who tried this type of craven smear tactic was Sen. Joe McCarthy. If you feel this information is vital to the voters of Greenport, be a man and present the full evidence. Insinuation is the coward’s code. Well, what are you?”

    Considering that Mr. Swiskey never had the courage to respond, I think he is the most unlikely person to challenge anyone on this planet including Greenport…even in a game of tiddlywinks. As usual his comments are made of yellow smoke and glass. Com’on, Mr. Swiskey, once again, we are waiting, put up or shut up! Yes and we unfortunately know that you live in Greenport.

  • Gee, I wonder who this guy won’t be voting for?

  • Just as a matter of history I don’t think the Suffolk Times ever endorsed George Hubbard’s father whenever he ran for a seat on the Village Board and after all those years as a public official I believe he only lost once. If I could vote I’d be casting my votes for George Hubbard and William Swiskey. With Bills knowledge and his dedication and contributions to the Village it’s a win win situation. Both George and Billy are dedicated to the Village where they’ve lived their entire lives.

  • so says a kapellabatellywingate partner in crime

  • Last time I was there the family was living in the back of the “restaurant” !