A new voice in village politics
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“We first and foremost want to run this village more fiscally conservative,” said Ingoglia. “There’s been 40 years of the same party in office, and that tends to leave a lot of things in the budget which don’t necessarily need to be there. So our intention is to cut out some of those things while adding some things. And one of those things we’re hoping to add is to beautify the business district.”
Ingoglia added that such an effort would help attract more new businesses to the area, which now has 12 vacant storefronts. “That’s roughly 40 to 50 percent vacancy,” he said. “We need to improve that. We need to change that. And the way we’re going to do that is by beautifying, and attracting businesses to come in.”
The Voice Party also wants to improve the village infrastructure, specifically roads and parking lots. “Last year our village was devastated by Hurricane Irene,” Ingoglia said. “Nothing has been done to improve the streets. The taxes have gone up 9 percent in the last two years, but there hasn’t been any improvement to the streets or to the drains.”
Between now and the election, the party plans to hold monthly meetings and to continue trying to build support. Its members also want to keep bringing issues to the village board and help resolve them.
“All three of us were born and raised in Island Park, and Laura and I have families here at this point,” Ciccimarro said, “and we want to see it be what it was for us as kids, now.”