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Village of Croton-on-Hudson Trustee Candidate Debate (Podcast)

March 8, 2006

The Village of Croton-on-Hudson Trustee Candidate Debate (67:34 mins.)—sponsored by the League of Women Voters—was held on March 7, 2006 at 7:30 PM in the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building. The debate was held in advance of the upcoming village election set for Tuesday, March 21, 2006.

In this election, two Trustee seats and a spot for Village Justice are being sought by the Republican ticket of Guy Adami, Joe Gonzalez and Jim Steinberg and Democratic lineup of Ann Gallelli, Charlie Kane and Sam Watkins.

The “The 2006 Village of Croton-on-Hudson Trustee Candidate Debate” (download video) can also be viewed on Google Video and on any Apple iPod with Video Playback. Additionally, readers using iTunes can subscribe directly to the Crotonblog podcast by clicking here.

On March 16, 2006 11:27 AM, I've been around said:

I’ve been living a long time in Croton and know of the many valuable enhancements that have come about due to the foresight and tenacity of the Croton Democratic leadership.

Two such enhancements have been the purchase of the Croton Station parking lot (one of our major sources of income) and the purchase of the 17 acres of waterfront property (Croton Landing) with half the price paid for by a grant.

Both of the above were strongly opposed by the Republican Party and had we not a Democratic majority at the time, we might not now have either one.

Contrast these enormous accomplishments with the Republican’s and Mr. Steinberg taking credit for adding 10 yards to a multi-use field (which by the way, is located on the above mentioned property), passing the annual budget, and providing a welcome packet to newcomers. I’m not trying to minimize these items but they amount to non-contentious, no-brainers, that get taken care of on a routine basis.

Let’s not lose this election opportunity to choose people who think big, think ahead, think of issues of lasting value and especially think of what’s best for Croton 10/20/30 years from now.

I know things change, as they always do, but up to now, the Croton Democrats have proven themselves to be what’s best for Croton.

On March 8, 2006 11:26 AM, Just The Facts said:

I encourage viewers to stick around for the last 8 minutes of the 67 minutes as I believe that the closing statements made by each of the candidates are the most illustrative of the way that each of the Candidates will approach their duties as a Trustee.

It is stiking how Mr. Steinberg sets himself apart from the other three candidates in the debate. Unlike the other three, Mr. Steinberg uses the opportunity to sum up his candidacy by launching into a divisive diatribe of how the other side refuses to vote with him and the mayor on countless issues.

I believe Mr. Steinberg needs to drop the “my way or the highway” attitude and start listening to what others have to say. This is hardly the way to build consensus and promote an “open” government that takes into account and appreciates what others (even those that disagree) have to offer.

Mr. Steinberg’s running mate clearly understands this and even stated during the debate that he appreciates dissenting opinions and often makes better decisions as a result of hearing such dissent.

Once again, I urge each voter if nothing else to view the closing statements — once viewed it is clear who to vote for if you believe that is time for our village to come together for the greater good.


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