Clear choice


To the Editor:
 
On this past Saturday I received  an expensive, glossy, color brochure from FABGC. The flyer touted Don MacLeod’s picks for Mayor and trustees this election cycle.
 
In addition it highlighted FABGC  priorities: Building Consequence, Engagement,  Advocacy,  Transparency,  Integrity,  Local Control,  Fair Elections and  Community Engagement. 
 
I find it ironic that all of that word salad of buzz words are what FABGC is NOT about. In the last two years FABGC  trustees have brought consensus if you agreed with their agenda; engagement  with their acolytes  not the residents; Advocacy for their pet projects; Transparency when they constantly held executive meetings in private; Integrity while making secret deals; Local Control by having the Mayor hand pick all personnel replacements to the Zoning Board, ARDB, Planning board,  replacing the committee on vacancy which screened candidates for open positions; Fair elections i.e. ballot harvesting;  and Community Engagement if you are in their community.
 
After two years of Don MacLeod’s government ending with internal bickering and embarrassing chaos. 
 
The team of Judy Courtney and Michelle Harrington  along with Independent candidate Ed Finneran will restore civility, experience,  common decency and true transparency  to our village government. 
 
I have known Judy Courtney for over 30 years she is my neighbor and friend. Judy’s accomplishments are many, she is intelligent, knowledgeable, patient and always ready to listen. Judy possesses an innate ability to see both sides of an issue.
 
In my six years as a village trustee Judy attended almost all trustee meetings and budget sessions. Judy was always ready to press the trustees with pertinent and challenging questions on point and reasonably  presented. 
 
Although we didn’t always agree Judy presented her position openly and sometimes pointedly she had the respect of all the trustees for her integrity and honesty.
 
It is time to restore village government to something all residents can be proud of.
 
Please vote for Judy Courtney for Mayor and Michele Harrington and Ed Finneran for trustees.
 
We would then have a board who  will not dictate policy but will work to develop consensus on issues.
 
Dennis Donnelly

7 responses to “Clear choice”

  1. Jack Oneil says:

    Boy do all of you prove how crappy local politics are.

    • Richard Corrao says:

      I probably disagree with almost everything Mr. Donnelly is saying, but commend him for being engaged and offering his opinions. How easy it is to sit back and snark against the messy business of politics and governance without being a productive voice in the process. It’s imperfect, but it’s still the best the world has known.

  2. Is anyone seriously going to listen to a man that sold parkland from the children in Franklin Mews and tried to sell the Casino to the GC Hotel for Trustee Daughney?

    • Just for information Don. I NEVER tried to sell the casino to anyone. I know you like to claim this lie. You make up stories and believe if you repete them enough people will believe them.

      • Than you shouldn’t have admitted it to the President of the Casino when he called the Chamber of Commerce for help.

        • That never happened. NEVER did I speak to anyone about selling the Casino. I remember the call from the president of the Casino .. He wanted the Chamber of Commerce to publicly support the Casino . I informed he it was not relevant to the Chambers mission. He then said “we will get you” That was the conversation.

        • NEVER did I speak to anyone about selling the Casino. I remember the call from the president of the Casino .. He wanted the Chamber of Commerce to publicly support the Casino . I informed he it was not relevant to the Chambers mission. He then said “we will get you” That was the conversation.

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