Carlisle Supervisor Larry Bradt had his driveway paved — and he paid for the work.
The 10-year town leader is deflecting criticism lodged anonymously and sent to media outlets via email accusing him of getting free work done at the same time part of a town road is being resurfaced.
Bradt last week said he made a brief presentation during Wednesday night’s Town Board meeting — a speech he started planning ever since he saw his opponent from the 2011 election participating in a photo shoot outside his home.
“It’s prejudice against me, it’s bias against me and there’s no reason for it. It’s nothing more than political,” Bradt said.
Linda Cross, a Democrat, ran against Bradt, a Republican, unsuccessfully in 2011.
Cross on Thursday said she was there during the photo shoot but she didn’t take the photos of Bradt’s house. She was driving the car on Crommie Road.
It’s the second most-busy road in the town, after U.S. Route 20. Bradt said it’s heavily traveled and needed paving, but it’s the county, not the town, that plans and pays for the work.
Bradt, a reserved, mildly-spoken town official who became a spokesman of sorts for Schoharie County’s opposition to the state’s new anti-gun laws, said the accusations he was getting something for nothing are politically motivated lies.
Cross, despite being involved in the photo-taking, said she dropped the issue after hearing Bradt say he has receipts to prove he paid for paving his driveway.
But Cross said she can understand local suspicion when she sees part of Crommie Road being resurfaced at the same time Bradt had his driveway resurfaced.
“If you drive up a road that is being repaved and you see people from the private business who are doing the work also working on an individual homeowner’s property … and that homeowner happens to be a public official, doesn’t your mind question what’s going on?” she said.
She said she supported the idea of taking photos, just in case something improper was taking place, so she’d have proof.
Cross, who went to Wednesday’s Town Board meeting, attended by about 25 people, said she didn’t appreciate being accused of taking place in a “surveillance patrol.”
Cross who serves as an election inspector and is also a member of the town’s Planning Board, said she won’t be serving as an election inspector this year because she’s running for office.
The town’s Democrats have not yet announced who is running for what office, and Cross said she wants to wait for that announcement before saying what position she wants to run for.
Bradt said he’ll be running for re-election in November.