Residents should keep an eye on town
Duanesburg residents should be alarmed by Shenandoah Briere’s April 22 article in The Daily Gazette.
The absence of public comment at the town of Duanesburg’s public hearing for revisions to the town’s comprehensive plan is disturbing. Public hearings provide the citizens an opportunity to improve laws, direct the town’s economic growth, and strengthen land use policies. Lack of citizen review and input on town actions opens the door to fraud and unwanted development in our beautiful town.
Duanesburg leaders have provided reasons for citizen concern and increased scrutiny. The state comptroller’s Feb. 5 audit report indicates poor record-keeping and failure to accurately record more than $590,000 in revenue. In March, The Gazette reported Supervisor Tidball was unaware that the town would receive federal aid from the American Rescue Plan. The town may receive $690,000.
In April, the planning and zoning boards reviewed draft Local Law 1 of 2021, solar facilities law, without it being on the agenda or providing the document to the public.
The town consistently fails to provide minutes within two weeks as required by Open Meeting Law. Let Ms. Briere’s article ring the alarm. I encourage Duanesburg residents to participate in town meetings and public hearings. Review the comprehensive plan on the town website at duanesburg.net and submit comments to the town clerk at [email protected] before April 30. Right now is your best chance to protect your biggest investment, the security of your home and family, in a town that you love.
Chestnut opposed to transparency
It’s time to vote for Schenectady school board of education members. I won’t be voting for Andy Chestnut.
Several years ago when he first ran for an open seat on the city’s board, I and fellow S.C.O.P.E. members interviewed him. It was a very public and all-inclusive vetting process. We had a dozen applicants and chose four who all won their seats.
Andy was one of them. But his recent comments about “a closed process is necessary to garner the best candidates” for a new superintendent are so outlandish and off the mark that I can’t support him a third time. Three strikes and you’re out Andy!
How dare he want to keep a public process private and secretive. That’s the problem with the present long time board members. They’re too secretive.
Don’t forget the alleged sexual harassment charges against former Superintendent Larry Spring. Now, board members face a $7.8 million lawsuit against them.
So much for secrets and not helping to get to the real problem. That’s Andy — not there to help the paying and voting public. Vote!
Predatory fees also affect the wealthy
I read your editorial “End state’s predatory court fees” in the April 20 Gazette. I agree with your comments, except I do not understand why it is only targeted to the poor and minorities?
Are there no rich underserved people? Why is it that the progressives/liberals all have to interject race/gender into everything?
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