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Time To Disband Monticello's Antiquated "Manager Form Of Government", For The 21st Century

March 18, 2011

Sullivan County Board of Elections
Government Center
Monticello, New York 12701

To Whom It May Concern:

Attached is a copy of the Petition form on which to collect signatures for the discontinuance of the manager form of government in the Village of Monticello, in accordance with the former Article 15-A of the New York State Village Law.

I am instituting this petition to eliminate a wasteful and outdated political patronage post, to lead Monticello into the 21st century under the laws of the State of New York as they exist today. Of the state's 556 incorporated villages, only 72 still have Managers/Administrators. [source]

Please advise as to the time-frame within which signatures on this petition may be dated in order to appear on the ballot in the next Village election.

Respectfully,

Carmen Rue, Village Trustee




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    For years I have advocated changing the zoning to allow upstairs residency on Broadway again, as it existed years ago, as a way to improve the neighbourhood.

    I am currently exploring a concept for re-populating Broadway with residents who will operate stores and other businesses on the street level.

    Some have proposed allowing residentail use of second floor apartments, but restricted to building or business owners and their families. Definining who is "connected" to a building or business owner could be hard, or result in a law so narrow as to be ineffective.

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    I favor refining and clarifying the present law to provide financial incentives for residents of second-floor residents to establish and maintain businesses in street-level store fronts. The purpose would be to entice business people to live and work on Broadway.

    A variation of the "artist loft" law, the idea I am proposing here is that upstairs residents who operate successful businesses downstairs be afforded such incentives as low-interest small business loans, grants, or other financial aid, but tied to the assurance that the upstairs tenant must operate a commercial business on the street level below. Only the operators of businesses on the street level and their dependents would be allowed to reside on the second floor.

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    This proposal would attract financially stable residents to live on newly renovated second floors, while creating and operating new businesses on the street underneath their homes.

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