Choose Colleen Teal in New Lebanon

To the editor:

It's ironic that four years ago Mike Benson was elected supervisor of New Lebanon with a promise that he would bring a supermarket to our town, a veritable "food desert." He is running for re-election with a slogan " Keeping the Promise" four years after that promise remains unkept.

Perhaps the lack of a supermarket is due to forces beyond his control, but Mr. Benson keeps referring to his experience running a business as proof that he can get things done. However, as has happened with many business people, it seems his skills as a businessman being in charge of a company have not been as effective in the more cooperative skills required to run a town.

Mr. Benson has also said he has made Columbia County more aware of New Lebanon. Unfortunately a large part of this has to do with his performance on the county airport commission. He continually repeated discredited arguments as he tried to get the county to spend more than a half million dollars to buy land to expand and redevelop the airport, for reasons known only to himself.

When Kinder-Morgan was planning to build a new high-pressure gas pipeline through the town, Mr. Benson declared this was not a town issue. Despite the fact that 30 landowners would have had their safety and property values directly affected by the project, Mr. Benson seemed to side with an out-of-town business rather than standing behind his constituents. (As an aside, when the pipeline was moved to Rensselaer County the supervisors of Nassau and Stephentown have led the fight to protect their towns.)


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Colleen Teal would provide a breath of fresh air to the New Lebanon town government. In addition to her 13 years experience as town clerk, where she has gathered a vast amount of knowledge in the workings of town government, her experience in banking and accounting would be valuable to the town. In all my dealings with her she has always proved responsive and makes every effort to be helpful and provide any needed information. Her inclusive and cooperative approach to government would be a great improvement over the present supervisor's callous attitude and empty promises.

     

Elizabeth Field New Lebanon, N.Y


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 Home Invasion                                                       10-31-2015


                  Once again, our private homes and mailboxes have been invaded by unsolicited propaganda from the Benson Team. I'm not talking about the campaign fliers, we all get those during every election and they are just automatically sent to voters by the parties.

                   It's a whole different story when you receive personal letters of support from private residents who have no RIGHT to harass the public in their own houses. I certainly do NOT keep MY opinion secret, but I do NOT send it into your house or mailbox, YOU have to come here and GET it. Tony Murad and now, Mike Crosby, have invaded our privacy and attempted to Force their choices upon us. I think they have been fraternizing with the citiots too much, they are beginning to adopt their tactics!

                   The letter that arrived from Mike Crosby today, was simply a copy of the very mis-informed and dishonest article that he submitted to the Chatham Courier this week. So, I have written a response to Mr. Crosby and it's posted below. My first reaction was to mail it to him, but I would not want to do to him what he has done to US. So I will post it here, and those of you from the "other side" who know this ass, can share it with him or direct him TO it.

                   It just boggles the mind that these people believe that they are someone of some influence who actually have power to affect how others will vote. They can email their friends and family, write letters to the editor, and talk to whomever they wish, but they have NO special position or station in life that warrants this Bullsh_t. As I have said all along, they are NOBODY, just like I am nobody, Colleen Teal and Mike Benson are NOBODY. We are all just residents of the Town of New Lebanon each with our own goals, opinions, and ideas. Nobody CARES who Murad and Crosby endorse because Murad and Crosby are just residents, they are not anyone of influence and obviously, not of character, either.

                   So here is what I have to say to Mike Crosby and his girlfriend, Darla Dobert.

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                 Dear Mr. Crosby,

                           It was nauseating enough to read your inaccurate and drippy love letter to Mike Benson in the Chatham Courier this week, but to have it sent, unsolicited, into the privacy of our HOMES, borders on harassment. Who exactly do you and Tony Murad think you ARE to presume that anyone gives a Rat's A_s who YOU support? Do you have some special identity that would possibly impress the voters to vote YOUR way? Are you Senators, or Corporate C.E.Os. or officials in the Billy Graham Crusade? What makes your opinions matter? 

                            You are both nobodies, just like the rest of us who will vote in New Lebanon on Tuesday. I realize that Mike Benson signs the checks that pay your mortgage and buy your booze, and I also know that your girlfriend holds some grudge against the Town Hall employees from when she was Deputy Town Clerk and perfectly satisfied with the budget of the clerk's office.

                            It might interest you to know that when Darla was the Dep. Town Clerk and was arrested for D.W.I, it was Colleen who called me and requested that I NOT post about it and make life harder for Darla. It was Colleen Teal who defended and protected her then and also when Darla's grown daughter got into SERIOUS trouble.  I wanted to post it because Darla has always been so rude , and her daughter's father BEGGED me to post it. I chose to honor Colleen's request and I let it go. The people of New Lebanon had a right to know about Darla, but I took the high road. Now Darla turns on Colleen and is knee-deep in the attacks on her? 

                             Look, I KNOW what goes on in the offices at BCI Construction, and I KNOW that my name is mentioned there, by whom, and in what context. Yes, I have contacts at BCI. Surprised? Don't be, I am full of surprises you haven't seen, YET. So when you send a letter to the papers and then into people's HOMES, I know what parts are lies and what parts are coached, etc. Can you PROVE to the people that Benson has lowered taxes? No, you cannot, because he hasn't. If he lowered YOURS, then Lucky YOU, because YOU are a rarity. I have had hundreds of people give ME proof that their taxes INCREASED in the past 4 years.

                             The Supermarket? That came to the table well before Benson ever ran for office here, and if I could only tell the people what Benson and Gitter have done to screw up our chances, they would both be run out on a rail, but I am unfortunately sworn to secrecy, for NOW. So no, Benson did not bring a Supermarket to the table OR to the town as he claimed on his 2013 campaign fliers. Nor did he close the landfill, nor did he play much of a part in the town hall addition other than to approve a room that is inadequate in size and forces us to choose between air-conditioning or hearing the board members speak. What the hell, it's only half-a-million dollars, who cares?

                              I could write all day about the crimes, lies, back-door deals and abuse that Benson has perpetrated upon this town and its people but guys like you don't care. You are just like the Obama supporters who refuse to hear the Truth or accept the FACTS because you are brainwashed, uninformed, devoid of character, and in a word, stupid. You are just not sharp enough or ethical enough to even begin to "Get It". 

                              You are free to support and campaign for whomever you wish but you have NO right to send your propaganda into our homes, EVER. May God protect our town from its traitors and fools. 

                                              JJ. Johnson-Smith


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