In their letters in the July 27, 2006, issue of The Gazette, fellow travelers Richard Pellicci and William Rooney proudly unveiled their latest creation—“cash for trash.”
Brilliant. Take the very complicated issues facing the village over the former C&D (construction and debris) facility at 1A Croton Point Avenue and boil them down to a three-word rhyming jingle. Then repeat. And repeat.
The jarring reality this time around for Maria Cudequest’s coalition of unwilling soreheads, which also includes Don Daubney, Susan Konig, Joanne Minett and Robert Wintermeier, is that the community is tired of their one-note whining and is no longer listening to them.
In Mr. Pellicci’s griping letter (does he write any other kind?), he repeats “Where is the outrage?” three times. Then he asks residents to go to village board meetings and ask the “cash for trash trio” (refering to Trustees Gallelli, Kane and Wiegman) these questions: “What gives you the right to overrule Mayor Schmidt who vowed to keep Croton free of garbage? What gives you the right to put our health and welfare at great risk again?”
What gives them the right to outvote the Mayor (not “overrule”—he’s not King Gregory the First) is nothing more than the good old democtratic process at work. As for the worn-out argument that our health and welfare was put at risk, there never has been a shred of tangible evidence of that.
Frustrated must be this band of self-appointed activists who have been, as Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt says, “in this fight” for the last eight years. Disappointed, too, must the Mayor have been that no one showed up at the microphone last Monday night to berate the “cash for trash trio” for their reasoned decision to ask special counsel Michael Gerrard to draft a counter to the offer made by Regus Industries CEO Andreas Gruson at the recent “listening session.” And lonely must have been ringleader Maria Cudequest when no one from her posse of hard-riding vigilantes joined her at Tuesday night’s Planning Board meeting, where Regus’s operating permit application was undergoing a formal review.
Once legal fees surpassed the staggering mark of one million dollars under Mayor Schmidt’s leadership (see: “What’s up Doc?”) and Maria Cudequest’s guidance, it quickly became obvious that the Croton Express was careening down the wrong track completely out of control. Croton’s Democratic majority should be commended for finally taking charge and addressing the crucial issues surrounding 1A Croton Point Avenue (see: “The Devil is in the Details: 1A Croton Point Avenue”). Bravo!