It’s official! There can be no private conduits of communication between individuals and officials of the Village.
That, in a nutshell, is the opinion of Village Attorney James Staudt delivered at the Village Board meeting November 5, 2007, in response to the inquiry of Trustee Ann Gallelli. Every e-mail communication to or from the Mayor or a Trustee, whether at the Village’s e-mail address or a personal e-mail address, becomes part of the Village’s official record and therefore can be made available to any member of the public.
Attorney Staudt’s opinion effectively sounds the death knell for any past or future attempts by Maria Cudequest to restrict dissemination of her communications to the Mayor and Village Board members. It has been her practice to bombard these officials with communications bearing her notice prohibiting circulation of the contents of her messages.
The sinister side of this affair is that while loudly proclaiming her adherence to open communication and scorning others for choosing the privacy of anonymity, she has been conducting what borders on private and clandestine correspondence behind the public’s back. Crotonblog has wondered why her hectoring lectures at Village Board meetings have been less frequent of late. Now we know.
In the history of the Church, sinners often have become saints. It’s always disappointing when a saint, even a self-appointed saint, turns out to be a sinner.