To justify her minority vote against injecting chemical additives into Croton’s water, Trustee Ann Gallelli asserted her conviction that the Schmidt administration had not done enough to inform residents about the pros and cons of the issue.
Crotonblog would point out that if the Democrats had felt strongly enough about what goes into the human alimentary canal versus what’s going to go into the village’s aging water mains, a mass mailing to residents would have done the trick. Political activity doesn’t have to wait until a month or two before the next election to awaken from its annual Rip Van Winkle somnolence.
Moreover, it’s still not too late. If the Democrats feel that protocol or law was violated in the Schmidt administration’s ramrodding of the issue through in an unseemly hurry, they can still hasten down to White Plains and endeavor to get a judge to issue a restraining order. Paragraphs 15-22 of Chapter 223 of the Village Code about water purity might be a good place to start.
It seems that with the advent of televised village board meetings, the Croton political scene ain’t what it used to be. Even when their best interests are at stake, residents prefer to remain passive spectators watching from the comfort of their homes. Hasn’t the Croton Democratic party ever heard the classic entreaty, “Don’t just stand there—do something!”?