Limit Trustees To 3-4 Terms; Mayor OK Longer

A Letter to the Editor regarding the proposed ballot initiative on term limits in Village of Niles government.


I am VERY happy to see that term limits are finally being brought to our village. I am PRO such a movement. I feel that the trustees should be limited to 3-4 terms or 12-16 years.


As in running a business, which parallels a municipality, there needs to be stability, yet changes made to keep current with times that are constantly on the move.

For a trustee, the first four years involves falling into place and learning the workings of our village. The second and third terms are when they can make their mark for our betterment. The fourth should be used in making sure that the newly elected or appointed trustees are "tutored" in a fashion that will keep OUR village strong and stable.

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Anything more than that is a waste of our time and money. As for the mayor, I believe that office should be kept separate without concurrent terms being counted. The mayor has a totally separate agenda and job description. He/She is like the head of a family, and we always need such guidance and support.

If a trustee does well and reaches their limit, why not have that person man the ship for a couple of terms to strengthen the roots that much more. I wish I had signed the petition, but I wasn't asked. You can bet that as Precinct 1 Captain, I WILL push for it on my end!!

George Alpogianis

Chris Hanusiak August 02, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Dear George, Thank you for supporting the idea of term limits which I brought up when I ran for Mayor in 2009. I hope you will continue to support my other ideas.
Joseph Makula August 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Dear George; You say you wish you signed the Term Limits Petition well maybe you do now . I believe you were asked about 9:00 A. M. on July 4th 2012 at the 4th of July parade. I believe I encountered you on the South side of Main street sitting in a lawn chair around Olcott or Oleander Avenues. You stated that you were running for Village Trustee and refused to sign. Was that you or just your "look a like"? Mary Makula Circulator of Term Limits Petitions
Joseph LoVerde August 03, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Let's all sit back and enjoy the hard work and dedication of our Olympic Athletes. There is plenty of time to campaign. Joe
Jac Charlier August 03, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Thanks George for writing the article. I agree with term limits. I do not understand why the mayor should be different. I am not convinced that position fits the role of a "head of family". Seems like the wrong context. Very open to listening. Thanks.
CK August 03, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I am staring to understand Niles politics. This George I have learned is some kind of protege to Nick Blase the convicted mayor. Blase was mayor for 50 years and George thinks thats ok? That sounds like some kind of Corleone talk. Maybe George and the Blase group want a mayor elected for life and no body asks questions just obey the Boss? At the next election the Womans League should wire all candidates to ppolygraphs and have the needles seen on closed circuit tv so people asking questions of the candidates can see the results.
George D. Alpogianis August 05, 2012 at 01:26 PM
With all of the above comments, I need to reiterate what I wrote. First of all Mary, I was working all day at Kappy's and was not fortunate enough to be at the parade. my shift was 7:30 am - 3 pm. Was a look alike unfortunately. Secondly, I stated that the mayoral office should be separate with shorter term limits than the trustees, not longer. Please re-read my original letter and thank you for the comments.
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