The rabid propensity of Mr. DiFrancesco to attack with falsehoods and disrespect any and all things non-republican (see: “Croton Dems Nominate Failed Mayoral Candidate Galleli to Run for Trustee”) has no place in COH. Perhaps we should not blame the young Mr. DiFrancesco as he is likely the victim of a childhood filled with nothing but the divisive, putrid and despicable rantings of the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Karl Rove. Unfortunately, Mr. DiFrancesco (search) is too green to have seen politics before they became bogged down into a game of who attacks who better.
Regardless, the basic fact of the matter is this, as residents of this village, we all need to live together, hopefully in relative peace and harmony. Disrespectful personal and hurtful attacks on long standing and distinguished members of our COH community like Ann Gallelli (search) who have generously volunteered their time and efforts for decades to the betterment of our community should be unanimously rejected and disavowed by both parties. I call on Mayor Schmidt (search) and Trustees Steinberg (search) and Brennan (search) to immediately and publicly renounce these statements made by their party’s chairman.
It should be noted that such partisan attacks certainly do not make one want to participate in the local community and government — areas where it is hard enough to find people willing enough to expend their precious time and efforts. Equally important, it should be noted that potential home buyers in COH often visit this Blog to get a feel for the community before buying - exactly what message are we giving these potential home buyers regarding the joys of living in COH.
As the election approaches let us each remain focused on the issues facing our community and if we are happy with the current administrations performance on such issues as: (i) Metro Enviro Site, (ii) Commuter Lot, (iii) Recreational Facilities/Community Center, and (iv) tax hikes. The performance of the existing trustees (both GOP and Dem) and the statements, positions and policies of the candidates should be the considering factor, not misleading and false partisan attacks which have no place in our beloved COH.
— David Becker