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RE-PRINTED WITH PERMISSION; THE 12/10/15 GAZETTE: A LETTER FROM JOHN O'CONNELL (sent a few weeks ago but only now printed in the paper).
Letter to the editor,
It has been the practice in past elections for the
Democratic Party to post inaccurate and false information (usually in a letter
in the Gazette) a few days before the election without the opposition party
having an opportunity to respond. This
past election was no exception.
The Democratic Party mailed out a flyer a few days before
the election stating that, among several false statements, Greg Schmidt raised
taxes all four years that he was previously mayor. The Westchester County Fair Campaign
Practices Committee determined that the information in the flyer was “unfair”,
“the mayor is just one of five votes on the board and cannot himself raise
taxes” and in fact “voted against the budget in one of the four years when he
was mayor”. The Committee also used the
words “faulty” and “questionable” in describing the other statements in the
Democratic Party’s flyer.
I would have thought that the Democratic Candidates would
have issued a statement apologizing for the inaccurate and false information
stated in their flyer. Instead, the
Chair of the Croton Democratic Committee Paul Rolnick and present Board member
Brian Pugh wrote whining letters to the Gazette. These attitudes are one of the reasons why
the Democratic slate lost the past election.
Finally, for those of us who opposed the Croton Point Avenue
Project, several of us spoke to the Board requesting that this project be put
on the ballot so that the residents of Croton could vote on it. The Democratic majority would do nothing of
the sort. Now the ex-Democratic Board
member is asking residents to “take action” and “make your views known to the
new Board of trustees in no uncertain terms”.
I am sure the two or three cyclists who bike to the train station will
show up at the next board meeting to share their minority views.