Almost three years ago, the Republicans sent the following letter to village residents. In it, they enunciated the principles under which they intended to govern, if elected. Let us now put their letter under the microscope and shine the hard light of truth on what they promised to do and compare it with what they accomplished. Here are their campaign promises and what they actually did. Crotonblog calls the comparison myth versus reality:
Dear Village Resident:
On March 15, 2005, you will be voting for a new mayor and two trustees. Over the course of the next seven weeks, you will hear and read many things about all of the candidates. Understanding that the dissemination of accurate information is vital to the process, we provide for you, our Statement of Principles and ask for your support.
We are committed to:
THEIR LIE: Establishing a non-partisan committee of residents, including seniors and teenagers, to make the long recognized need for a community center a reality. THE TRUTH: Nonpartisan, our foot. There was only one Democrat in the group. And a community center is no nearer reality than it was more than two years ago.
THEIR LIE: Creating new permanent ball fields for our youth’s sport programs. THE TRUTH: Not true. No new permanent fields were created. And they voted “NO” to an agreement with Westchester County under which Croton would maintain the ball fields at Croton Point for exclusive use by Croton kids.
THEIR LIE: Continuing the fight to keep the Millennium Pipeline out of our village. THE TRUTH: It was NY State’s Coastal Zone Management guidelines and the Local Waterfront Revitalization Committee with the participation of Bob Elliott, Fran Allen, Ann Gallelli, Leo Wiegman, Charlie Kane that had already won this battle.
THEIR LIE: Implementing an ongoing program to cleanup and beautify our villages entrances such as those off of Route 9. THE TRUTH: There is no evidence that anything has been done.
THEIR LIE: Retaining a business consultant to look into ways we can enhance the shopping experience in our village. THE TRUTH: No business consultant was retained. It was Ann Gallelli on her own initiative who formed and created the Business Development Committee chaired by Kiernan Murray and made up of property owners in Harmon.
THEIR LIE: Improving the accessibility of our local government. THE TRUTH: What a laugh! They refuse to use e-mail. They failed to hold special Saturday office hours as promised. They are never out and about and are seldom seen in the village.
THEIR LIE: Prioritizing the needs of our village over regional concerns. THE TRUTH: Without regional cooperation we get nothing done—and the Schmidt administration, even with regional cooperation, gets nothing done because they have no network.
THEIR LIE: Being an environmentally conscious administration. THE TRUTH: This is total lip service. They cannot point to a single concrete environmental action initiated by them.
THEIR LIE: Emphasizing fiscal responsibility. THE TRUTH: What a joke! They continue to ignore the budget and break the bank with needless expenditures. For example: (1) a foolish community center survey, (2) wasteful costs of a possibly unnecessary exploration of Eminent Domain, and (3) continuously wasteful legal expenditures.
And we will NOT negotiate with Metro Enviro. THE TRUTH: Not true. Metro Enviro is long gone, and the Republicans have spent over $150,000.00 in “discussions” and “negotiations” with Greentree over possible purchase or seizure of the property by eminent domain.
THEIR LIE: Finally, as the 2005 campaign season begins, we pledge to stay focused on the concerns of our fellow residents and the issues before us. Please feel free to contact any and all of us with your questions, concerns and issues. THE TRUTH: Left unsaid in this statement is that the door is only open if the residents are fawning supporters. A deaf ear is turned to residents who are independents or non-supporters!
You be the judge. Has the Schmidt administration delivered what it promised in 2005? Crotonblog’s answer is a resounding NO!