I read with interest the Jan. 29 Gazette article regarding Republican Niskayuna Supervisor Yasmine Syed’s withdrawal of her request to the town board for funding to support a bookkeeper to assist her with her duties. This occurred after much push-back by the Democratic-controlled town board. Certainly one of the prime duties of any town board is to assure that public taxpayer money is spent in the most judicious way for the best benefit of town residents.
I occasionally watch the proceedings of the town board on public access TV and watched these on many occasions when Joe Landry was the town supervisor. I don’t ever recall seeing any member of the town board, who are also now the current town board members, question Mr. Landry’s various spending requests. I vividly recall one meeting where Mr. Landry sought to fill a position at the Niskayuna Senior Center with an individual who he indicated was a neighbor of his. One would have to ask, was this person really the best qualified person for this position. Maybe they were, but I guess we will never know. I will grant that I don’t watch every meeting, so perhaps I missed some that were more contentious, but I doubt it.
I also would hope that the members of the town board, who happen to all be Democrats, aren’t meeting prior to the town board meetings to discuss strategy or the issues to be presented at the town board meeting because, as I’m sure they realize, this would be in violation of New York state’s government transparency laws.