A Valley Stream focus with a progressive twist
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Grasso said he would also like to hear recommendations for services and programs that the village could offer that would be sustainable long term, without needing a subsidy from taxpayers. “The residents have things they would like to see happen,” he said. “We want to hear about it.”
Politics should actually play little, if any role in the Valley Stream Independent Democrats, Grasso said. It’s designed to be a group of progressively-minded people who are passionate about their community. A person doesn’t even have to be a Democrat to join, he explained.
Networking is a must, Grasso said, and he would want members to reach out to the schools, community organizations and business community. There are a lot of great ideas out there, he said, and the goal is to find and execute them. He also would want the various committees to seek the advice of experts.
Valley Stream has a coalition government already, Grasso noted. All five seats on the Board of Trustees are held by the United Community Party, a mix of Democrats and Republicans. Grasso, one of two Democrats, said ideas from all viewpoints are already considered but more people should be involved in the conversation.
Grasso pointed out that the true values of the two major political parties don’t come into play at the village level. There is no Republican or Democratic way to pick up the garbage, he said. That’s why, Grasso explained, the village is a good place to put partisan beliefs aside and work together.