In a year when the Croton GOP candidates have vowed to continue moving this village forward, the Croton Dems have ignored that message and the message of Croton residents by nominating Ann Gallelli to run for trustee.
At their nominating caucus last night the Croton Democratic Committee displayed not only their lack of creativity but their failure to listen to village residents. The nomination of Ann Gallelli is emblematic of a Democrat Party that is struggling to find their footing. The Republican Party seeks to nominate sitting Trustee James M. Steinberg, 37, and Jose Gonzalez, 48, at their caucus tonight.
Further, Gallelli’s positions on such important issues during her failed candidacy for Mayor and her own tenure as a public official were troubling. They were wrong on Metro-Enviro, had to be pulled into the fight against Millennium Pipeline, wrong on taxes & spending and dead wrong on open government.
It comes down to judgment, credibility, accountability and priorities. Ann Galleli is a decent person and I believe that she is sincere, however the fact that she has sadly become out of touch to both our needs and concerns cannot be ignored.
Additionally, the hypocrisy of the recent misplaced attacks against the current administration for being “secretive” counters the process that I had to go through just to find out that Galleli was running was ridiculous – those in her Party misplace criticism on the current administration for being ‘secretive’ yet they failed to inform the public as to who they intended to run and who they are now running.
On Election Night 05’ Ann Gallelli, the Democratic mayoral candidate, said she wasn’t sure that Metro Enviro was the most important issue in the election. “We ran a good campaign, and it just didn’t work out,” she said. “People like the idea of change, without always examining the consequences.”
The “consequences” of last year’s village election resulted in an administration that removed an unwanted and unregulated entity from the streets of Croton, decreased the tax burden on residents, continued the battle against the Millennium Pipeline, spearheaded formal dialogue with our village’s youth sports programs, earmarked $10,000 for consulting services to enhance the village shopping experience, and blew open Croton’s government so that all residents can and will be heard.
The Croton GOP will be holding its nominating caucus tonight, January 31, 2006 at 7:30. The caucus will take place in the Ottinger Room of the Croton Free Library. All are welcome to attend.