Citizen participant and Croton Republican Committee affiliate Robert Wintermeier has an opinion about every issue in Croton. Not content to keep his ideas to himself, Mr. Wintermeier regularly stands up at the podium during every regularly scheduled village board meeting to share his wisdom.
His expertise in municipal matters ranges from the application of property and school taxes to the legalities commercial real estate law and most everything else in between.
During his most recent appearance on September 18, 2006 (see video clip below), Mr. Wintermeier started by calling for an unconditional surrender from the “trash terrorists” at 1A Croton Point Avenue (see: “Transparent Scare Tactics in Croton That Are Truly Scary—for Democracy”). Next, he proceeded to formally request an accounting of recent legal expenditures for “the fight” from Trustee Ann Gallelli, which have topped 1.2 million dollars. And finally Mr. Wintermeier, in defense of stalled legislation to close a Surface Transportation Board loophole put forth by Republican Congresswoman Sue Kelly (see: “On The House Subcommittee on Railroads…”), pondered out loud about taking his case to the White House at the suggestion of Trustee Leo Wiegman.
Over the years, Mr. Wintermeier has tirelessly presented himself to Croton residents as a sort of community advocate or local government watchdog. He’s made countless presentations to the board, conducted research on many community-related topics, written an untold number of letters to the editor at The Gazette, and aligned himself with Maria Cudequest’s citizen activist group that is famously known as the Concerned Citizens of Croton.
Indeed, Mr. Wintermeier is man fully engaged in local politics.
And as premature and speculative as it may be, residents of Croton might look forward the day in January of 2007 when Rob DiFrancesco and the Croton Republicans give Robert Wintermeier the official nod to seek an elected seat on the dais with both Trustees Ann Gallelli and Charlie Kane.
And then, finally, Mr. Wintermeier, instead of merely pointing out where change is needed, he can personally have a hand in applying it.
Video clip (14:10):