To the Editor:
I agree with the first line of Judy Courtney’s June 16, 2022 letter that “a Village Trustee’s role is interacting with residents – all residents”. However, I take umbrage and offence to all in her letter that follows. Attendance at a POA is not a litmus test on what makes a good trustee. Nor is attendance at a POA meeting a criteria set forth in the NYS Village Law, which governs the conduct of the Village officials.
Why she felt the need to air her irritation in public, clearly reveals her true intent and limited view of the present day alternate methods that exist in communicating with residents. A lot has changed since I was a Trustee 20 years ago when attendance at a POA meeting, which was normally very well attended by 30-40 residents. That was then, this is now.
Today information is obtained in many different formats. Board meetings are on ZOOM. Each Trustee has an email address to communicate with residents. The BOT has conducted numerous MEET and GREETS to interface with residents. The Mayor has encouraged resident participation at Board Meetings and responses are given to resident questions. He established numerous committees, comprised of residents from the entire village. Their role is to gather resident input and utilize resident energies and expertise to address the issues that confront the village.
I am specifically offended by her contention that the Village has a separate and distinct class of “POA residents”. This statement is disingenuous in the extreme. Each Trustee took an oath of office to represent to the best of their ability the entire Village. Her equating a Trustee not attending a POA meeting, in particular Deputy Mayor O’Brien and Trustee Marciano as a dereliction of responsibility is without merit. It is so clearly partisan that in response I question the sincerity of her letter – ‘Methinks the lady doth protest too much’
She must clearly acknowledge that her letter was a veiled attempt to promote her agenda. Neither the words nor intent of her letter had anything to do with recognizing the time, efforts, competence and dedication Deputy Mayor O’Brien and Trustee Marciano have brought to their position in making the Village a better place. I believe each should be commended and not subjected to petty unfounded criticism.
Bruce A. Torino, Esq.