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POLL: What Kind of Car Should the Town Supervisor Be Driving?

With an aging Crown Victoria on its way out, Southold Town considers a new ride for its leader.

Two Supervisors have driven up and down the North Fork in a black Ford Crown Victoria— first Josh Horton and now Scott Russell.

But the 10-year-old car is "done," according to mechanic Teddy Griffin at in Mattituck. Repairs to the 10-year-old car have exceeded its value. 

"The reason it got deadlined is because it needs a new intake manifold," he said. "And to fix that you have to change the whole top of the motor."

The Town Board is advertising for bids for a new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4, or a similar model. At Tuesday's work session, models such as the Ford Escape and the Ford Focus were also suggested.

What do you think would fit the supervisor the best as a replacement vehicle in 2012? An SUV or a smaller, more fuel-efficient car? Would it bother you to see the Town purchase a foreign car if it was the best deal?

Take our poll or let us know your thoughts below.

Gary M Charters January 21, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Pat anybody that I know personally is considered US. At least we are proud enough to use our real names.
lynnie January 21, 2012 at 06:26 AM
I agree tom, who cares. This man is out in the worst weather to make sure everything is being done to keep us all safe.
Benja Schwartz January 22, 2012 at 04:51 AM
The real problem is not picking a vehicle it is the process. Usually Southold Town Government operates without public participation. Occasionally public outcry influences decisions. In this case the Town Clerk posted the Notice uploaded as an attachment to this article before the Town Board Meeting. Even though the Town Board voted to modify the Notice the original ultra vires Notice is still posted (on http://southoldtown.northfork.net/) on Sunday. The modification addressed, but did not cure, the illegal character of a Notice which arbitrarily favors Jeep. The Town Board recognized that the historic policy of buying Crown Vics is in need of an upgrade. What we don't need is a policy of vanity and personal preference.
forward thinking January 22, 2012 at 02:35 PM
OH-GOD , IS TOILET PAPER NEXT-- what does brkhvn use, dem/rep type, 2 ply /one ply, lets foil it, is it made locally, what about the twice as much green, ?newsday in strips???...
Amy K. Martin January 23, 2012 at 07:45 AM
Why does it have to be a brand new vehicle with a big price tag. We've been riding up & down a mountain out here in my daughters pre- owned ford escape during WA's recent blizzard with no problems. buy it locally. Service it locally. Ford has a much better track record than jeep.

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