Schoharie needs a county administrator; Cherry a logical choice
I write pertaining to an issue that I wholeheartedly feel would serve the best interests of Schoharie County residents.
At the Jan. 3 organizational meeting, I distributed a local law calling for the creation of a county administrator. The proposal gives definition to suggested educational requirements, scope of salary, functions, terms of office, etc.
The administrator would be appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and would be accountable and work in conjunction with the board as chief administrative officer, with the board retaining final administrative authority. While this issue is not a new one, it would be difficult for anyone who is not familiar with the pitfalls of our county government to pass judgment on its worth.
I have, for the last two years, witnessed the floundering of county government, the lack of policies and procedures, the lack of accountability, the need for an everyday “go-to” person. (Consider any corporation, medical facility, warehouse, transportation system, as well as any government, not having someone in charge on a daily basis.)
While there are those who feel my recommendation has been presented at the wrong time, please bear in mind it is not the first time this issue has been raised. Like many other important issues, it has been placed on the back burner, awaiting action. I have once again put my best foot forward in an attempt to help government function the way it should.
My recommendation that our treasurer, Bill Cherry, be considered for this position was made on the basis of his capabilities and true understanding of what is needed.
There are some real economic benefits to taxpayers, considering that a title of this nature hired from outside would probably call for a salary of [some] $130,000. Plus, the expense of additional office space and staffing, pension costs and medical coverage could add up to something unaffordable. But by granting the administrator’s authority to someone who is already employed by the county, we could save thousands of dollars in salary and benefits, and may not have to delay or postpone this idea yet again because of the costs associated with creating a whole new position.
I have worked side by side with Mr. Cherry on the county’s finance committee for two years, and I have come to know his total commitment to this county and his professionalism.
My hope is that the issue, now revived, is recognized as necessary regardless of how the seat is filled. The Fitzmaurice report clearly reflects the wrongdoings and conspiracies that have taken place in our county. The report contains numerous suggestions and courses of action that should be considered, and very few of those recommendations have been addressed to date. I am extremely concerned that they, too, will fall by the wayside without proper leadership.
The writer is town supervisor.
Snowden was a traitor, hardly a hero
Edward Snowden a hero [Jan. 12 op-ed]? He is a treasonist and should be punished accordingly, not given asylum to hide out in another country.
There are radicals in American who would rather destroy this great nation rather than work together.
I hope everyone who remembers or reads history books will remember the words, “Loose lips sinks ships.” Imagine if some self-serving idiot decided to let the enemy know of the secrets that saved our country.
Snowden is no hero. He is a 26-year-old punk with distorted perception. He chose to bring what he knew to the surface in an attempt to continue with the paranoia that has divided our nation and [create] more hate to permeate our ideals.
Had Edward Snowden attempted to pull such a stunt in another country, he would not have lived to beg for asylum.
Furthermore, all our personal business is continuously spied on each and every day, and it isn’t a government tactic.
The man betrayed America, and it could have led to serious consequences.
Mary Ann Bruno
Hillary Clinton not cut out to be president
Here we are two weeks into 2014, and you can’t put on a TV or turn on the radio without hearing some pundit talking about Hillary [Clinton] and the 2016 election. After all, it’s only 33 months away.
Ms. Clinton has been around Washington for 40 years. She was legal counsel on the Watergate hearings, and in the ‘90s she occupied the White House with someone named Bill. She then took a page from Robert Kennedy’s playbook and used New York to build her resume as a stepping stone for her eventual White House run. She was derailed by her own party in 2008.
Hillary then continued to grow her resume as secretary of state. She has been a first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state, all the while never accomplishing anything. I haven’t forgotten her Senate campaign pledge to bring 200,000 jobs to upstate New York — a promise she never fulfilled.
Also, her extensive resume includes Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate and, worst of all, Benghazi. America deserves better.
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