That title, which is an exact quote from village attorney Stecich, doesn’t exactly sound like “near 5 million to me” but who wants to debate the minutia? After all, it’s just the facts we’re talking about, they’ve never mattered before… The real question here is posed to trustee Kane and trustee Wiegman along with newly elected trustee Gallelli. The three of them sent out not one, but two mailings to Croton residents erroneously “informing” voters that the price of the property was going to be anywhere from $30 to $50 million dollars!
This information came from an admittedly un-researched attorney with a political agenda by the name of Bruce Kauderer. Since Mr. Kauderer did not do research on this matter, his “dooms day” outlook for Croton moving forward with the eminent domain proceeding was most likely conceived in the smoke-filled rooms of the Croton Democratic Party.
It has also been rumored about that anywhere from one to two weeks before the election the mayor and board members were told the exact same information attorney Stecich informed the public of last night. For obvious reasons the board members could not reveal this information to the public because Andreas Y. Gruson, Michael Steinmetz, etc. all qualify as the “public” and it would not be a sound legal move to put our cards on the table first.
So here is the question to Kane, Wiegman, and Gallelli: why did you intentionally mislead residents with inflated figures and a “dooms day” (rising taxes, lowering home values, disappearing services) outlook for this village?
You were told (at least trustee Kane and Wiegman were) that the cost of the property was no where near $30 or even $50 million dollars yet you still decided to send out the mailing filled with lies!
Your election or at the very least, part of it was based on these lies, fear-mongering and totally unethical behavior!
You can be honest with residents and answer the questions they ask or you can sit back now that you’ve been elected and remain silent about what shady tactics you employed to get where you are. Based on what transpired at the village board meeting we now know the latter is your choice.
And to Croton Blog: why not video-stream these residents asking the questions to our elected officials? Why not show our elected officials silence on such shady behavior? You have no problem video-streaming some guy who asks not to be video-streamed Please do the right thing.
This is not a small, bogus issue that is going away any time soon. This type of behavior came from a two-faced group that commented on this very blog about all kinds of alleged “unethical” behavior by the local GOP, however it was actually them (Kane, Gallelli and Wiegman) who orchestrated what was perhaps the most misleading “Karl Rove” style of electioneering not seen in this village in a long, long time.
Answer the questions!
— Frank Simpson