To the Valley News:
It’s difficult to respond to such vitriol as expressed by Harry Gough and Evelyn Hatch in the Jan. 14 Valley News, but I shall try. Unsurprisingly, they have the gall to accuse me of negativity, while dwelling on it themselves. The hypocrisy of their comments is astonishing when reflecting back on their actions for the last four years.
They appear to have a mindset that demands conformity and universal acceptance of the new Supervisor, Margaret Bartley, but that’s not my job.
They aren’t concerned that my responsibility is to the taxpayers of Elizabethtown. My role is not to insure the smooth and unchallenged success of Margaret Bartley. My role is to assess each issue that comes before us and determine if it’s in the best interest of the Town, debate the issue, then cast my one vote. I only represent 20-percent of the vote. The rest can do precisely what they wish, and have been.
It’s unfortunate, but understandable, that they continue to utilize the same technique of spin and dishonesty that has worked for them through the sewer project and the election campaign. Its worked up till now and perhaps will continue to work for them.
One last time, I was not invited to, nor informed of, the private Board meeting at Margaret’s house on Dec.18. I acknowledge being invited to meet with Margaret personally to pick up a packet, but there was no mention of any board meeting and I’ll gladly show you the email. In all honesty, I wouldn’t have gone anyway, even if I’d been told about it. It’s my belief that Town Board meetings should occur in the Town Hall.
Ken Fenimore, Councilman, Elizabethtown