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Friday, May 12, 2017

Blissful Ignorance on Town Board

The perception of competence that Town Board members try to project is too easily exposed if you attend a meeting or watch this short video of last night's public comments. Of course you won't see this on the town's expensive web site because the last thing this board under Lou Desso wants is for the public to see what they are really like.

Some might call this blissful ignorance and others pure arrogance. Town resident and former Supervisor candidate Ron Sinico stood to inform the Board that they had violated the Ethics Law by appointing their Town Republican Party Chairman to a salaried position as attorney for the Planning Board. The law he read was pretty simply and was quickly found on the internet. It reads "

“No salaried Town employee shall act or serve as a political party chairman.”(S13-5)

So either the town board didn't care what the law required or they were ignorant of it. Either way, what we hear is a pretty decent guy was placed in legal jeopardy and the last thing a good lawyer wants to do is be placed in a legal dilemma. But the board's reaction is about the equivalent of the Hogan's Heroes character Sergeant Shultz, "I know nothing!" They sat in total silence, only to repeat the dumbkuff action a second time when they were asked who the FOIL officer is for the town's IDA which they appoint. Not one person on the Board knows who it is or could answer the question. The town clerk claims it's not her and no one in town hall seems to know. And it's not on that expensive web site either. Convenient and very difficult to send a FOIL Request as well.

Finally, lets give them a Profile in Courage Award for their next silent response. They were asked if anyone on the Board wanted to go on record as opposing the recent $260,000 tax giveaway to the Cole Collision Center being built on RT 4 by the County IDA. Sometimes silence is as good as a press release supporting this mindless giveaway of our tax dollars to a developer. Not unexpected as Lou Desso solicits $1000.00 contributions from folks, mostly developers and contractors at his recent fundraiser. Money talks loudly to Lou Desso from contributions to his own 16% property tax reduction and reassessment.

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