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Issue was post-Sandy cleanup
By Howard Schwach
Ed Scharfberg

Polling at the Columbia Engine Company at 26 Smith St. started at 3 p.m. on June 20 and by 3:15 p.m. there was a long line of voters waiting to have their say in the Sanitary District 7 election, the first contested election for a seat on the five-member sanitary board in more than a decade.

When the smoke had cleared and the votes were counted, challenger Ed Scharfberg, a volunteer firefighter and retired New York City detective defeated nine-year incumbent Michael Sullivan, a special park district supervisor with Hempstead Town.

The count was 852 for Scharfberg and 475 for Sullivan. 188 additional ballots were not counted because they were not needed to determine the outcome.

“The people have spoken and what they wanted was a change,” Scharfberg said on the morning after the election. “They have that change. I have a long road ahead and a lot to learn, be we are going to strengthen the board and the district.”


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Dear Editors,

Thank you for reporting on this on your website. However, I can't help but to notice that the Oceanside/Island Park Herald no longer regularly updates its website. Such regular website updates have not occurred for months. Similarly, the Oceanside/Island Park's Facebook page hasn't been updated in months -- the last posting from the Herald in February. On behalf of Oceanside and Island Park residents, it would be greatly appreciated if the Oceanside/Island Park Herald would choose to provide local news through its website and social media as has become standard for nearly all news outlets.

Thank you,

Seth J. Blau

Oceanside, NY

Saturday, June 22, 2013 | Report this

Dear Editors,

I feel somewhat not at ease from the various articles I have read, between the Herald and the Newsday I have not heard one mention of the poor working conditions for the guys on the trucks and no mention of the fact that it has been almost 3 years that they have been without a contract or a raise. Why is this never mentioned? Why should these guys have to endure such treatment and be blatantly disregarded for the hard work that they do day in and day out? These commissioners and Charles Scarlata himself have denied these guys a fair contract and a raise for almost three years and on election day those workers along with their families and friends spoke out. A large number of those votes came from them because they are sick of this treatment and want a fair raise and contract and no one seems to feel this is important enought to publish. The lives of these guys and the fact that Oceanside has an 8 million dollar budge but yet they can't afford to give 44 guys a raise is apparently not important enough? This is shameful!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | Report this

How much do the 44 guys in Oceanside make that pick up the trash, benefits included?

I mean not saying you dont deserve raises but if we dont know how much you make how can we say you need a raise.

Honestly, as a taxpayer, I say fire you boss who makes 450K a year, give all 44 of you a 5k raise each which leaves you 230K left over to find a new boss. Even better give yourself a 10K raise each and have a volunteer boss like fire dept.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | Report this
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