Saturday, September 5, 2015


Response to Trustee Andy Levitt’s Spin About the Wiegman Administration’s Lock-Step Voting--The following letter appears in the 9/3/15 edition of THE GAZETTE from Croton United's Joel Gingold: 

To the Editor, My thanks to Trustee Andy Levitt for describing to us the “difficult” processes and “spirited” disagreements encountered by our mayor and trustees in arriving at their unanimous votes. Because without his explanation, we would never have known that they occurred.

Over the past several years, I have attended many board meetings and work sessions, and viewed many others on TV, but, somehow, I must have missed all of those meetings at which these “difficult” processes and “spirited” disagreements arose.

I did not observe any “spirited” disagreements during the meeting at which the board unanimously accepted the Gouveia property, when they all knew, or certainly should have known, that the economic analysis on which that acceptance was based was as contrived as Mayor Wiegman’s time records.

I must have missed the “spirited” disagreements that took place as the board unanimously passed bond resolutions that will increase Croton’s debt by over 30% in a single year, further enhancing our unenviable position as the first or second most indebted small village in Westchester, Putnam, and Rockland Counties. And I guess I must have been in the rest room when the “spirited” disagreements over the capital budget took place during the work session at which it was reviewed.

The “spirited” disagreements over Mayor Wiegman’s conduct, when it was revealed that he (and Trustee Gallelli) had secretly conspired with Barbara Sarbin of Something Good in the World to establish her school on the Gouveia property, and then lied about it to Mr. Levitt and the other trustees, seem to have slipped from my memory. It must be that, at my advanced age, remembering such things is getting increasingly difficult. READ THE REST OF THE LETTER HERE

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  1. Thank you so much Joel. I guess they think no one is paying attention.

  2. Thank you. This is a great summation.

  3. Thank you Joel for all that you do. This is an excellent summary of current affairs.

  4. It's funny how I thought of so many of the same things when I read Trustee Levitt's letter and there they are in Joel's letter. So much more eloquent and real than I could ever manage. I'm very grateful that he took the time to lay out the facts. Spend some time at the village tapes. Everything Joel says is true. Isn't that sad.

  5. Reading Trustee Levit's letter was disappointing. Thanks Joel. Linda

  6. Thank you Joel, wake up Croton.

  7. I'm so proud of my village, that it came together like this, is great although it remains to be seen just how much of the damage can be remedied. Now the real work begins. What this election result told me was that cyberbullies do not prosper, at least for this year. Congratulations to Schmidt, Anderson and Walsh for a fact based campaign that stayed on message.