In her comment to “Please Light a Candle, Mr. Mayor,” ex-trustee Georgianna Grant reminds Crotonblog of the story of the fat lady trying on shoes in a shoe store. She sought a shoe that was small on the outside and large on the inside. Mrs. Grant cannot have it both ways. Her complaint about our call for the Mayor to disclose to the public what was said by Regus CEO Andreas Gruson to village representatives at the recent so-called “listening session” only clouds the issue.
As Croton residents know only too well, Mayor Schmidt has not delivered on his campaign promise of open government. His administration has been as secretive as the Bush administration and just as brashly absolute in its refusal to negotiate on any matter.
Mrs. Grant justifies an information blackout about what was said by Mr. Gruson at the “listening session” by incorrectly comparing it to truly adversarial negotiations between the village and Metro Enviro in which she participated as a trustee. Crotonblog would point out that in announcing the village’s participation at this session, Mayor Gregory Schmidt assured agitated, unhappy citizens that the village would do no more than listen to what Mr. Gruson had to say. Mrs. Grant’s statement that questions of legal strategy or tactics were involved is questionable, since doing so would have contravened the mayor’s assurances.
It escapes Crotonblog how reporting to Croton’s citizens what Mr. Gruson said at this “listening session” could be of any assistance to what Ms. Grant alludes to as “the enemy” since “the enemy” was present at the meeting and doing all the talking, while Croton’s representatives, we were assured, would do nothing but listen. Far from persuading Trustee Thomas Brennan, as Ms. Grant hopes, of the need for secrecy, we expect that this incident will only reinforce his past calls for more openness in government and cause him to reiterate them.
Crotonblog was designed and created to fill a large void in Croton news coverage left by the traditional media. We can only fulfill that mission if village government is timely and totally transparent in its dissemination of information.