BID board vote set for July

Ousted Bayside Village Business Improvement District Director Gregg Sullivan is helping to assemble a new slate to run in the group's annual election. Photo by Phil Corso
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There has been a lot to talk about for members of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District throughout recent weeks.

And after the dust settled from the hiring and introduction of a new executive director, members both new and old have shifted their sights to the future, which includes an annual meeting and board election.

For ousted former Executive Director Gregg Sullivan, the BID’s upcoming annual meeting is just another opportunity to move Bayside further on its upward swing, he said. Sullivan, who expressed interest in being elected as a board member, said he was working to assemble a new slate to be considered in the group’s annual elections.

“I’ve made a great contribution to Bayside and I believe I deserve to continue with that work,” Sullivan said. “I love doing it and I’ll be a great watchdog for the residents and business owners.”

The annual BID meeting, expected to be sometime in July, includes the election of a new board, a presentation on the past year’s performance, plans for the future, a review of the annual budget and a keynote guest speaker.

BID members vote each year at the annual meeting to elect a slate to represent them.

Newly appointed Executive Director Lyle Sclair said he has been doing his best since joining the BID last month to keep interested board candidates informed and involved.

“I’m keeping myself at arm’s length from the details of who might be running,” Sclair said. “If anyone asks me for general rules about how to run or who to talk to, I’ll step in,” Sclair said.

The board is comprised of eight property owners, one business owner, one resident and representatives from the borough president, City Council, community board, city comptroller’s office and mayor’s office.

Sullivan said he was working with Bayside business and property owners who have agreed to run on the same slate to breathe new life into the BID, including Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse CEO William Degel.

That optimism, Sullivan said, was shared by the members of the potential slate he was helping assemble to be considered in this summer’s election. He said he hoped to provide BID members with options in this year’s vote by coming up with candidates for a new board.

“I’d like to see brand-new blood from the top to the bottom,” Sullivan said. “With that would come new officers and some new ideas.”

BID Chairman Jim Riso said he would not seek re-election for his current position, but would still remain active on the board if elected. Like Sullivan, Riso also said it was time for some new blood.

“I will stay on as a board member if elected, but will let the process play itself out,” Riso said. “If not elected to the board, I may stay involved by being on a committee or something.”

Sullivan also expressed his support of Sclair as the group’s newest executive director and said he hoped to help him with whatever he might need.

“Lyle Sclair comes to us with wonderful qualifications to assume the post of executive director,” Sullivan said. “All the stakeholders in the Bayside Village BID have renewed reasons for optimism.”

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

Posted 11:08 pm, May 23, 2012
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Gregg P. Sullivan from Bayside Village. says:
First, for our reporter, Mr. Corso, I've complimented you before on your fair reporting, but is that really the best picture of me you could find? Unlike your reporting, your photography is not fair, nor even kind, I am not that awful looking.
Am I ? :-@

Regardless, THESE ARE REALLY GREAT DAYS FOR BAYSIDE !! Change is in the air and now unstoppable. The city has stepped in, as I've been asking them to do for over a year now, and is providing closer scrutiny over, and much needed government oversight into the inside and back room politics of the BID. Without them who knows who these old officers of the BID would have put in place to keep their status quo. Actually, I did hear who the old officers did try to push and was really relieved to hear that those candidates were summarily rejected.

Wonderfully, nepotism will no longer be the rule here to slow us down, nor keep us from the competency our Bayside deserves and Lyle Sclair comes to us through the recommendation of the City's Small Business Services and has great credentials. He impresses me as the right guy to keep the ball rolling now that we've dusted off the cobwebs of total inactivity, ineptitude and complacency and got things going for Bayside again. I gladly hand over the baton of "The New Bayside" with it's slogan of "The New Vitality"over to him.

As long as our new executive director stays independent and doesn't get caught up in that old regimes one sided and self serving representations, repressive tactics and ways of thinking that didn't produce one noteworthy or positive contribution to our home and only led us into a stale, stagnant Bayside on the decline, he'll be great. I love his "Roll Up The Gates" program. So, he's already a winner in my book.

Now, however, we can't stop there. If Lyle is going to fulfill his full potential here in Bayside for us we have to get behind him and give him all our support, and ALL of our personal and business insights and objective perspectives to help him find his way and to not let muddy waters contaminate clear. He's got a job to do and some shoes to fill and there's now a healthy, promising bar that's been set and a vision that's been laid out for him to join and to make his own contributions towards and without new blood, young and vital ideas and healthy, uplifting energy from new, caring participants, motivated by unselfish and altruistic ideals, he'll stand as much chance as I did at fighting those who've had their hands too tightly on the wheel that drove us nowhere for so many years it makes my stomach turn.

It is because of these concerns, and my sincerest desire for our new executive director to get an unbiased, untainted, undisrupted and fair chance at knowing the other side of the equations he's being exposed to inside of the BID's closed board room, that I am not only challenging the current BID's officers, but openly calling for an open debate between me and them. This time however, we will not stand for the disgraceful, disruptive and unworthy tactics deployed by the BID's officers to keep me from being heard when it came my time to speak at the last Business and Property Owners Summit that Willie Degel from Uncle Jacks energized.

This time, I am asking our local political leaders and members of our local press to help moderate the proceedings.

The disruptive actions of the BID's officers at that last meeting was conduct unbecoming of Bayside.
This is America, and this is Bayside, and we need to stand for something again.
Just because we're a small town doesn't mean we have to act like one.
Democracy, political justice and social decorum shouldn't begin and end at the top levels of our society,
it should begin right here at home in Bayside for all of us to participate in.

Debate me.

Here to serve,
Gregg P. Sullivan
May 24, 2012, 8:31 pm

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