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Croton Republicans Plan to "Move Croton Forward"

January 11, 2006

Recognizing the need for better communication between local government and its residents, GOP Chairman Rob DiFrancesco announced today the release of the 2006 Croton GOP Platform. The comprehensive platform outlines the party’s position on important issues facing the village. Today’s announcement marks the beginning of the 2006 election cycle in Croton and the party looks forward to articulating its vision for the coming year.

“We are very excited to be releasing the platform and recognize that communicating with our residents is essential to achieving our goals.” DiFrancesco said. “Our platform addresses real issues facing our residents, all the while making Croton an even better place to live.”

The GOP platform outlines five main points that the members of the committee, elected officials and candidates believe will help advance good government in Croton.

“My administration understands that good government is open government.” Stated Village Mayor Dr. Gregory J. Schmidt. “Open government includes regularly speaking with local residents. This is explained in the platform and residents should know that this is common practice when it comes to my management of this village.”

The platform also puts forward plans for a new village program - “office hours.”

Proposed by Trustee Jim Steinberg, “office hours” provides another outlet that would allow dialogue between local government and its residents.

Steinberg, who is seeking to keep his Trustee seat in this year’s election, felt that the release of the platform this early is befitting of honest and open government. “The release of our agenda was done so that residents may have time to read what we stand for. It enables them to make an intelligent and well informed decision on Election Day.”

The platform also takes a stand against the Millennium Pipeline and Metro-Enviro, both environmental hazards affecting our village. The platform explains the non-negotiation stance that the administration has taken in regard to Metro-Enviro and any entity that plans to open a facility on that site. The strong stance taken in regard to both these entities are appropriate in order to protect the village and its residents.

The creation of a community center is continued priority with the current administration. “A community center will act as a gathering point for seniors, teenagers, children and everyone in between who have an interest in recreation and their community.” Said Trustee Tom Brennan, who is in charge of the community center committee. “The committee is made up of residents from all walks of life and each has a unique perspective that he/she brings to the table. Together we are moving forward at an amazing pace and look forward to shifting our plans from the planning phase to the actual building phase.”

The Platform is available to all residents on the Croton GOP’s interactive web site www.crotongop.com. “I encourage interested residents to avail themselves of the platform through our web site. The platform is our effort to move Croton forward. In it we have laid out a clear and concise plan of action addressing the issues affecting our residents and village environment. Working together we can make an even better Croton for tomorrow.” DiFrancesco added.

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Related: A North County News exclusive - “Steinberg and Gonzalez to top GOP ticket in March

On January 16, 2006 10:49 AM, Binford said:

In announcing the January 31, 2006, Republican caucus, party chairman Rob Difrancesco said “All registered Republicans in Croton are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the candidates.” It seems to me that Croton’s Republicans have already been cut out of the candidiate slection process.

A January 11 post to the blog stated that the “Croton Republican Committee is proud to support the candidacies of Jim Steinberg and Joe Gonzalez for Village Trustee.” On the same day The North County News carried an article headlined “GOP teen chair selects Croton candidates.”

Doesn’t sound much like open government to me.

On January 15, 2006 10:55 AM, weewill said:

Don’t anyone kid yourself - notwithstanding their many protestations, the old-time republicans and the “loud-mouths who harrassed the previous board” most definitely read the crotonblog as well as use it under various tag names.

Since this sitting board tends to operate mainly in Executive or the newly discovered “Advise of Counsel” meetings, residents have to get information from some place. The blog has become the very best source as Ann Gallelli and Trustees Wiegman and Kane continue to supply us with accurate and up-to-date reports on activities so important to the village’s future.

Our thanks to them.

On January 15, 2006 10:07 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

Interesting how the three Republicans on the Board and most of their suppporters claim that they never read the Blog, but their youthful leader feels comfortable using it as a free advertising tool to promote his party’s platform and candidates in the upcoming election. And as to the claims that this Board is more open and responsive than other previous boards - I am not convinced. So far, they have imposed a new tax on the citizens of Croton requiring fewer people to pay for more than their share, made parking in front of your home in a snowstorm a crime and are spending our tax dollars on legal fees like there is no tomorrow. The loud-mouths who harrassed the previous board are no longer in evidence, so the letters to the paper have stopped and since Ms. Cudaquest was outed on the blog, even the blog is quiet.

On January 15, 2006 12:05 AM, Rob DiFrancesco said:

The Croton GOP will be holding its caucus to nominate candidates for the March 21st village election on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:30 PM in the Ottinger Room of the Croton Free Library located at 171 Cleavland Drive.

All registered Republicans in Croton are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the candidates.

My endorsements, released last week, can be found by clicking here.

Rob DiFrancesco Chairman Croton GOP



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