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Trustee Candidate Debate Set for March 12

March 11, 2008

Word out of Croton’s Municipal Building this morning is that the trustee candidate debate—sponsored by the League of Women Voters—is set for Wednesday, March 12, 2008, beginning at 7:30 PM. The debate will also be televised live on Cablevision channel 78 and also presented as a live webstream, available from

As a reminder to residents, the village election, for two open trustee seats, will take place on March 18, 2008 with polls open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Running for office are Democrats Ann Gallelli and Rick Olver opposing Republicans Joann Minett and Joe Streany. For information on the candidates, visit and

On March 13, 2008 9:36 PM, TeaDrinker said:

In a recent search, I found an endorsement that was published by The Journal News today in favor of both Democratic candidates; Ann Gallelli and Rick Olver.

The full text can be found here:

On March 13, 2008 3:37 PM, weewill said:

I want to share an email received today from a dedicated group of hardworking people who have asked the village board to provide a dog-friendly place in the village where they might let their dogs run and exercise. They patiently await a decision from the board.

To Candidates in Upcoming Village Election.

Quite a few people on our mailing list have been asking what each of the candidate’s positions are with regard to dogs and their owners having use of village facilities…… We would all appreciate it if you could respond to the following questions:

Do you believe that dogs should have unleashed access to Croton Landing at designated hours, and, if so, are you willing to support such a proposal?

Do you believe that dogs should be allowed, leashed or unleashed, at Croton’s Black Rock Park and would you be willing to support such a proposal?

We know that there are some really good ideas out there on the table which would support a new location for use by dogs and their owners, but we are looking specifically for options that would be available for our community to use within the next few months. We are happy to provide information or answer any questions you may have regarding this issue, so please feel free to write back and let us know how we can help you feel comfortable with the process of dedicating a small portion of Croton’s fabulous recreational resources for use by dogs and their owners.

Thank you for your consideration.

On March 13, 2008 11:17 AM, Devil's Advocate said:

Debate Attendee:

GREAT QUESTION! I have another issue regarding the Croton Harmon Booster Club.

How is it that Mr. Streany was solicting donations for Scholarships from 1999-2004, yet the IRS database of qualifying 501(C)3 non profit organizations lists the Croton Harmon Booster Club as receiving its non-profit status in 2004?

I hope Mr. Streany did not represent the Croton Harmon Booster Club as a qualifying Non-Profit Organization when it to its donors when it wasn’t.

Let me say that Mr Streany does have a long and diversified history of service to this village. I do not think that can be disputed, and as a resident I appreciate that.

However, it appears from the laundry list of misteps Mr. Streany has made highlights what appears to be a trend in his behavior. HE ACTS ON IMPULSE WITHOUT THINKING THINGS THROUGH COMPLETELY!

I have to give Mr. Streany the benefit of the doubt that his intentions in all of these instances were good ones. Unfortunately, good intentions are not enough when charged with the management of millions of dollars of taxpayer money each year. The implications of misteps by a Village Board, particularly if they hold a SUPER MAJORITY are just too great not to consider judgement a critical skill for the job.

On March 13, 2008 10:20 AM, TeaDrinker said:

Since the League of Woman Voters debate ended before I got the opportunity to ask my question, I will go ahead and pose the following to Mr. Streany here:

During the time between 1999 and 2004—when you were illegally accepting contributions from Metro North contractors, were co-president of the Croton Harmon Booster Club, and had children who were attending Croton-Harmon High School—were any of your children ever awarded a scholarship from the booster club?


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