At the end of the Village Board meeting held on March 5, 2007, when Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt asked Trustee Thomas Brennan to report on his activities as liaison to various village departments, here’s what he said:
Trustee Thomas Brennan: “I just want to remind the public and this is, this is just my opinion. At the Journal News debate this week that we had last week and it was a revelation to me that Ann had came out with the proposal that for the Croton 1A Point law, law situation with Regus with, with the case down there, she proposed for the first time a mediator. That a mediator may come in and, and possibly takes sides on, on you know whether this facility should be open or not. And my personal feeling, I haven’t spoken this with anything. Ann didn’t discuss any of this with any of the board members that you know, maybe a mediator should come in. I certainly didn’t hear anything about it. But as Ann being as far as I’m concerned, the leader of the new majority should take responsibility of the actions they’ve taken and tendering, accepting offers, considering offers and bring in the new idear of bringing this entity back into the village, I think that bringing a mediator kind of relieves them of the responsibility one way or the other of which the issue should go. I mean, I’d be willing to make a decision and if, if it’s to a point where, where the, where the offers that have been tendered are so far not acceptable to the new board majority that a mediator has to come in, I will call for the board majority to join the board minority in fighting for the health, safety and welfare of the resident of the village and, and joining us and letting them file for their special permit, paying their fee and letting them come in here and be upfront about the village about who their operation really is, who owns it, what their intent is and let them pay and go through the process like they should instead of circumventing the village through the STB and, and four entities with the clandestine way that they have done this. And these are the people we are being asked to make a deal with. So, to me a mediator was a revelation that I was shocked at and that I’d be willing to stand up here and take responsibility for any action I’ve taken. Good or bad. I don’t want a mediator to come in and say “Tom, what you did is right or wrong.” Tom is going to take the responsibility for that. I’m not speaking for anybody else here. So, I was shocked at that and that I believe that if, if as a village representative if you lead and you take decisions on that affect your community, you should be willing to take the responsibility for the actions you take and not look for someone else to make that decision for you. I appreciate your time. Have a good week.” Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “Thank you.”
See also: “The Terrible-Tempered Mr. Brennan,” November 19, 2006.