Who or WHAT ?                                                            10-25-2019




                     Holy CROW !  Did you read the Candidate Bios in yesterday's paper?  I'm still trying to digest the ignorance. 

                      I really DO hate being the bearer of negative news all the time, but nobody else seems to have the cajones or interest to do it, and it definitely needs doing!  What are these candidates THINKING?  Almost all of them are beating dead horses with their campaign promises.  

  1) Bud Godfroy mentions transportation for Seniors:  That has been taken care of for several years now, and we have volunteers that drive Seniors to appointments, grocery shopping, etc. MORE volunteers are needed, but this is an issue that should be expanded into PUBLIC Transportation that serves the town. Maybe that's what was being referred to. Senior Housing would be a great project.

 2) Michael Deegan:  I haven't known this man for long and only know him casually from Town Board Meetings. He seems nice, and is always courteous. However, he apparently has been in town for less time than I thought, because he is unaware of ANY of the hundreds of hours spent on discussing Rt. 20 in the "Business District".   Mr. Deegan of course, is one of the people who thinks the Hess Station should be given to the Town and demolished, to make a "Traffic Circle".  ????? The last Dem suggestion was for Hess to give us the property for a "Visitors' Center". Ummm...for WHAT? 
               This candidate is also a lover of Government Grants, those Freedom-Stealing, over-regulating, oppressive "Strings-ATTACHED", independence killers. Here's the best part of his proposals;  a Grocery Store, Sidewalks, and a center median on the Miracle Mile, planted with trees, grass, and flowers! (Where was he for the Bridge Boxes Project?)
               Townies and officials remember all too well the battle of the Food Desert, the Sidewalk Wars, and the D.O.T issues with the turning lane and narrowing of the road. If we attempt either sidewalks OR a median, not only will D.O.T have a meltdown, but we would have to build a bypass from Pittsfield to Albany for the traffic! There would be zero space for vehicles. 

               Mr. Deegan also would like to complete the Rail Trail, which will never happen in our lifetime. Of course, we COULD let the Rail Trail Committee have Route 20 with the sidewalks and median and just go with that bypass!  LOL!

 3) Chuck Geraldi is a nice guy and a Townie, runs an honest business in town, etc. HE has served us well on a number of town boards over the years. However, HE wants "RULES" to make it easier for new business and new jobs. By "Rules", does he mean more oppressive ZONING or what? Don't we all have enough RULES in our lives as it is? 

 4) Tistrya claims she will support "Struggling" businesses. How? By violating more codes and laws than she is guilty of ALREADY? It's a rather long list. She ALSO mentions Senior Transportation, again. What we NEED here is Senior HOUSING, and a Supervisor that will obey Town Codes and State Election Law.  I have observed Tistrya for years now in her roles inside our Town Hall. She IS diligent, but she has a very Bossy, over-bearing manner, and I see in her the very same things I saw and warned you about in Mike Benson. I see a Tyrant in the making, and I KNOW she is extremely bias in favor of the Left. Don't say you weren't warned!

 5)Deb Gordon is fairly new to our town, and her platform offers....Nothing. All she really has to say is that she wants to attract more business to town. Wanna know how old that  pipe-dream is here? New Lebanon is a Pass-Thru Town, and that's all it will EVER be. Sure, we might get one or two new, small businesses eventually, but I wouldn't hold my breath. We are NOT Lenox or Stockbridge, we have little to offer compared to years ago, and the only thing most people stop here for, is to get gas or a gallon of milk.  We will never see a grocery store or pharmacy, we will never be a Tourist destination, so let's accept that we are simply a rural, bedroom community and get over it.

            Besides, Deb Gordon owns that eyesore and dangerous , decrepit house at Rts. 20 and West St., so she bears some of the blame of New Lebanon not being attractive. The Town Board asked her many months ago to at the very LEAST, post a banner in front of the house, letting people know that it is a pending restoration. She has not complied. By the way, she is 70 years old. WHY are we voting for folks so up in age, when we have much younger candidates with fresh ideas and energy? Just look at Congress! GEEZ!!

 6) John Trainor, a sweet, talented, kind gentleman that I have known well for decades. BUT, he too, is touting sidewalks and PUBLIC WATER!  OMG! These people should have committed themselves to actually attending Town Board meetings for a few years before running for office! Sidewalks and Public Water were the two main issues for the outing of Mike Benson. (Besides his tyranny and corruption). John would never, ever be corrupt or tyrannical, but he IS very Liberal, and he obviously has NO idea about the HUGE issues over these proposals! This "Public Water" thing would be a cost to ALL taxpayers, to benefit the VERY few, and nobody wanted ANY part of it the first time it came up, and they won't want it NOW! Nor did they want sidewalks, and there were numerous Public Hearings on THAT one!  We even had one Liberal, newer family, USE their little girl to try to get it passed ! THAT angered MANY people!  Tell me this, what will these sidewalks LEAD to? How will they find ROOM for them? Eminent Domain?  If memory serves me, didn't we have to give money BACK that we received for these sidewalks, once they never got built?  Who wants to go through THAT nightmare again?!?!?

                    John ALSO is a huge fan of GRANTS! I love ya John, but you are 76 years old, have a full plate, have already served on the board, and are unaware of these important past issues. 

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                     These are the things that concern me most. Candidates that have not even lived here long enough, or attended enough meetings to make them aware of the vital issues that have been addressed over and over and put to bed. It's redundant, and a sign of ignorance of our recent, political history. THAT is NOT a good sign! 

  Since Meg's bio wasn't included:                     Meg Robertson is a Write-In Candidate, and is painfully aware of ALL these matters and the progression and outcome of each. She served four years as Supervisor, and never was a bully, corrupt, dishonest, or biased. She has never violated codes or Election Laws, and has lived here forever and been politically plugged-in. She and Bud Godfroy are the ONLY viable candidates for our Supervisor's seat. 

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           Now, here is a question that has been gnawing at me;  WHY do so many voters that are registered Republicans, have all Democrat campaign signs on their properties?  I'm no fan of voting the Party Line, and the Republican Party has sunk pretty low in recent years, but REALLY?! Have you not observed the changes in the Dem Party since the 1990s? The old Democrat Party of our parents and/or our youth, no longer exists! It is now the Party of Uber-Liberal, Socialists, Bullies, and a million other scary things you SHOULD be aware of without ME having to mention them!  I have the list of voters and their parties for New Lebanon, and though it's outdated, I KNOW who is who! 

           I just cannot believe what I see! Do you who have been here for most or all of your lives, not SEE what has happened and still IS happening to this town as a result of Liberal infiltration into our Town Government?! Maybe you're drinking the same Kool-Aid as the Milliennials, I don't know, but something is very, very wrong. I guess we don't have to wonder WHY we have almost 100 houses For Sale in New Lebanon.

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