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Fast Times at Ridgemont High the Village Board

January 13, 2008

A funny thing happened at last Monday night’s village board meeting—or so the Republican majority thought. It set a record for brevity.

After only 15 minutes since starting and three speedily-passed resolutions later, the mayor, nervously shuffling papers, sounded like an inexperienced substitute teacher who had run out of lesson material. With a high-pitched giggle, he remarked, “I think we need to slow it down. We’re breaking land speed records here.” Then he added, “Don’t say that out loud, right?”

But to Trustee Susan Konig, sounding like a student anxious to be somewhere else, the promise of early dismissal from “meeting hell” obviously was the best offer of her busy day. She piped up, “It’s okay. Keep going.”

Immediately thereafter, Village Manager Richard Herbek, an always anxious-to-please classmate, gave out with a hearty “Hahr, hahr, hahr, hahr, hahr!” He was already imagining himself back in Briarcliff Manor by 9:00 p.m.

Teacher’s pet Trustee Thomas Brennan lightheartedly repeated the mayor’s caution, “Don’t say that out loud.” By now everyone knew there would be an early dismissal bell.

Viewers at home could see the wheels beginning to turn under the mayor’s glistening pate. Recovering from his nervous laughter and trying to restore decorum, the mayor suddenly remembered he was on TV and said, “Heh, hmm. People may tune in right now and go, “What happened? They never had a meeting tonight.”

Then, in a deja vu moment, Trustee Brennan reminded everyone that they’ve always had short meetings lately by offering this reminder: “We’ve said this before.”

Crotonblog has never thought the Schmidt team was very adept or serious about governing. Monday night’s brief dog and pony show only proves us right. You don’t believe us? See for yourself.

Video clip:


Mayor Gregory Schmidt: “And that’s it on our proposed resolutions. I think we need to slow down. We’re breaking land speed records here (high-pitched giggle). Don’t say that out loud, right?”

Trustee Susan Konig: “It’s okay. Keep going.”

Mayor Gregory Schmidt: “Keep going?”

Village Manager Richard Herbek: “Hahr, hahr, hahr, hahr, hahr!”

Trustee Thomas Brennan: “Don’t say that out loud.”

Mayor Gregory Schmidt: “Heh, hmm. People may tune in right now and go, “What happened? They never had a meeting tonight.” (background laughter)

Trustee Thomas Brennan: “We’ve said this before.” (background laughter)

Mayor Gregory Schmidt: “(Chuckling) We’ll move on to citizen participation on non-agenda items. Is there anyone out there wishing to address the board right now on non-agenda items?”

Trustee Ann Gallelli: “I think that we should point out, Greg, that there‚Äôs only one citizen sitting in the audience.”

Mayor Gregory Schmidt: “That’s right.”

Trustee Thomas Brennan: “Joann Minett.”

Mayor Gregory Schmidt: “Joann Minett is sitting out there.”

Trustee Ann Gallelli: “There’s not, not a lot of people out there just keeping their mouths shut.”

Mayor Gregory Schmidt: “Exactly. Very quiet evening, so…Okay. Not seeing anyone, so we’ll close that portion and move on to our approval of minutes.”

On January 14, 2008 9:48 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

Well, of course, the usual crew who showed up and hijacked meeting after meeting with the previous administration and who scared off anyone who had a differing opinion from theirs, no longer feels the need to attend board meetings as they have their hand picked puppets in place doing their bidding. Joanne Minnett probably feels the need to appear as she contemplates her run for office - she certainly needs all the help she can get as she tries to grasp the issues.


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