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Thanks Mayor Giunta for Post-Sandy Cleanup

Manorhaven Village Hall became a community center, the author says.

Government of, by and for the people is back. The original spirit of the town hall and local government is alive.

Immediately after the hurricane passed, Mayor Giovanna Giunta was visibly out and about. She mobilized the village crew and the clean up began expeditiously. The hurricane befell trees and tore off big limbs and heavy branches. It looked like every block in our village had serious debris.

Then word on the street was out. If you put your big branches and tree parts in the street in front of your house, the village crew would pick up it up. I must have blinked because that very day the big debris was gone and our village looked tidy again.  

Mayor Giunta could not fix the power outage. But Giunta must enjoy problem-solving because she opened up Manorhaven Village Hall, had coffee going, milk, sugar, cookies, and even Halloween treats for the kids. She shared the power of the village hall with the people, literally. We were encouraged to share the generator power and recharge our cells even as we were fueling up.  

Village Hall belonged to us. Chairs got rearranged. People sat down, exchanged hurricane stories, read a book, knitted, played board games with their kids. Village Hall became our village hall, our makeshift community center. And there was Mayor Giunta with her sleeves rolled up, wearing a compassionate smile.  

Thank you, Madam Mayor!

Jackie Becker, the author of this post, is a Manorhaven resident. The expressions posted here are solely that of the author. 

pw native November 03, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Bryan call your village they will let you know this is manorhaven . Polling will take place at village hall.
pw native November 03, 2012 at 12:10 PM
unhappy resident is the same person who posted a ridiculous story about manorhaven judge that was false ........even in times like this these idiots never stop. Manorhaven finally has power yay!!
Marty Heyman November 03, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Your village may look tidy but over here on Manhasset Isle where the Mayor lives, piles of branches and limbs with leaves still sit by the curb on Saturday morning. Not to take anything away from all the work the Village Administration and crews did do which was plenty. The mess by the Preserve on Manhasset Avenue was promptly cleared, for example. I just note thre is still work to do.
pw native November 03, 2012 at 11:09 PM
This amazes me the streets are clear Marty has twigs in front of his house from his own trees . Marty get some string and tie up your twigs and put it out with your yard waste like we all have to do!!! peolpe have no homes ,no power and your complaining ..........................GET A LIFE!
manorhaven resident November 06, 2012 at 09:48 PM
PW native calm down :-)

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