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Sound &Town Serving Mamaroneck & Larchmont Vol. 15/Number 23 June 14, 2013 Village Democrats find candidates By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER A nice place to live? Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club is pressing on with plans to build, among other things, seasonal residences on its property, but a local homeowners group is fighting the proposal every step of the way. For story, see page 11. File photo USDA: Mamaroneck goose egg oiling a success By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER After months of deliberation and heated debate, the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees made a decision on how best to deal with an ever-growing goose population in its parks, settling on egg-oiling—a humane form of contraception—and having now completed the process, has touted the method as a successful first step. Initially, the village entered into a contract with the USDA on Dec. 14, 2012 that would have called for the slaughter of a significant num‑ ber of the community's waterfowl, but, after vociferous opposition from animal rights groups like the Animal Defenders of Westchester, the board was forced to re-evaluate its strategy. During the month of March, USDA officials treated 23 nests‑that included 95 eggs‑with corn oil dur‑ ing three separate visits to the vil‑ lage. One nest was left untreated because officials could not gain ac‑ cess to the property, but, generally, the approach caused a significant reduction in the amount of goslings found in the village. Egg-oiling is performed by locat‑ ing nests, removing the eggs, drop‑ ping them in water to determine the progress of embryo development, and then halting development by coating the eggs with corn oil, which stops the oxygen exchange between the egg and the outside world, according to GeesePeace, an organization devoted to finding low-costs methods of managing wa‑ terfowl in local communities. “I did a survey of Harbor Island Park and counted 52 adult geese with zero goslings there,” said Ken Preusser, a USDA official who worked with the village over the past few months to determine a suitable method of managing the animals. “That is not to say that there might be some goslings that I didn't survey, but the oiling was successful.” Preusser said that egg-oiling is only the first part of the puzzle, and that it may be as long as 10 years before Mamaroneck sees permanent results. “It will take ten years to make the population decrease 25 percent. It's going to be a long-term process,” he said. Preusser also said that remotecontrol boats and trucks as well as border collies have all been useful GOOSE continued on page 10 At long last, the Village of Mamaroneck Democratic Committee has chosen two candidates to run in November. For mayor, Democrats have selected Clark Neuringer, 67, an architect and 38-year village resident who has served on all three of the commu‑ nity's land use boards and is a current member of the Harbor Coastal Zoning Management Commission. “This campaign is not about me,” Neuringer said. “All I'm trying to do is get out a message and informa‑ tion to give the electorate a clear compelling choice in November.” If elected, Neuringer said he hopes to encourage residents to take a more active role in government and hopes that they will come to feel that their voices will be heard. Neuringer also criticized the current village board for several instances during public meetings in which those wishing to speak on various topics were given a three-minute time limit. “When I was on the Zoning Board, we had some contentious issues, but not once did we ever put a time clock on a person's ability to speak,” he said. “From day one, the first thing I'd like to do is bring civility back to Board of Trustees meetings.” Neuringer also served as chairman of the Industrial Area Revitalization Task Force and as a member of the county Housing Implementation Commission and is a Board mem‑ ber of the Washingtonville Housing Alliance and the Orienta Point Association. For the other open trustee seat, the Democrats have chosen Kerry Stein, 55, a 21-year resident of the village and managing director at Lloyds Bank. Stein has coached The Village of Mamaroneck’s Democratic Committee has chosen Clark Neuringer, 67, to run for the mayoral seat against incumbent Republican Norman Rosenblum. Neuringer is an architect and has served on every land use board in the village. Photo/Gay Rosen in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Youth Lacrosse league and is a current coach of the Mamaroneck Blackhawks U-14 travel soccer team. Stein is also vice chair of the Board of Trustees at Franklin Pierce University and a member of the Emelin Theatre Advisory Board. He is also married and has a son in the 8th grade at Hommocks Middle School and a daughter in 11th grade at Mamaroneck High School. “This is new to me, this is my first real foray into elected office. For right now, it's very much a work in progress,” Stein said. “I think the motivation behind it is twofold. Mamaroneck seems to be at a cross‑ roads between growth and trying to maintain itself as a really bucolic place to raise your kids in. I think the main goal is to keep it that way.” Stein also said that he is not op‑ posed to development in the village, but does believe that development and growth without the proper forethought could cause potential problems. “Both men are very well known and well-liked in the community,” DEMOCRATS continued on page 10

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