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LoHud Picks Bad-Boy Schmidt for Mayor!

March 10, 2009

…We do, however, regret the Republican ticket’s implied “Croton: love-it-or-leave-it” [video] stance, which could have the effect of stifling discussion. To wit, Schmidt said of his opponents, “They’ve contributed by telling people what a horrible village we have.” Come now, there is such a thing as constructive criticism. Wiegman served the village well as a trustee from 2001 to 2007. His contributions to the fight against the waste industry often seem unfairly undervalued by his opponents, who try to paint him as a friend to the waste industry, which he is not. At this juncture, though, Wiegman can’t match his opponent’s broad experience in running village hall…


On March 11, 2009 11:22 AM, Anonymous said:

Below please see my response to the Journal News endorsement of the incumbents:

To the Editor,

In re: your endorsement of the Croton incumbents.

Before the Editorial Board Mayor Schmidt acknowledged “I can get nasty”. There is no place for that behavior, this needs to change.

Trustee Konig stated before the Editorial Board that she “shouldn’t even be running” because her work is done. Claiming credit for evicting waste transfer, which closed in September 2005, 18 months before she was elected, is merely a backhanded way to frighten residents. What she fails to mention is that Wiegman and Schmidt share an identical voting record on this matter when they were on the board together.

Mr. Brennan is an affable man who hews to the party line or is rapidly pulled back when he offers his own take on an issue.

You cite their accomplishments: Winning another battle against the waste industry, was based on Wiegman’s industrious research, and completing a riverfront park which was the culmination of 10 years of effort by Schmidt’s much maligned predecessor. In fact, Mayor Schmidt nearly torpedoed the project. Citing a 0% tax increase before the budget process has even started, that’s a nifty trick.

While you acknowledge that Wiegman’s efforts in ridding the village of the waste industry are “undervalued” you fail to mention that despite the fact that the mayor and all of the sitting trustees know for a fact that the transfer station will never reopen, it is used as a scare tactic by Republican operatives.

The incumbents needed to only convince the Editors to gain your endorsement, convincing concerned Croton residents is another story.


Ian Murtaugh Trustee Candidate Village of Croton

On March 10, 2009 4:10 PM, townie said:

I am still to this day baffled that the entire board, including Mr. Weigman, were not united in fighting the waste industry in Croton. One would have thought someone who does environmental work would have been leading this effort. Sadly this was not the case. I voted for him as a trustee and he let me down. I will never vote for him again.

On March 11, 2009 6:53 AM, Leo Wiegman said:

For the record, Leo Wiegman and Mayor Schmidt have identical voting records on the matter of 1A Croton Point Avenue’s waste handling site from their years of joint service.

I cast the deciding vote to hire special counsel to go after Metro-Enviro 8 years ago. The site closed in 2005 based on legal work from 2002-2004 that I supported and that long predated the current administration. In 2005, I wrote the background paper on the federal loophole that threatened to reopen the site. The village used my document to gain raise awareness in White Plains, Albany and Washington. In 2006, since Sue Kelly was no help at all, I walked through Croton with primary candidate John Hall to brief him on the need to close the federal loophole. I worked hard to help elect John Hall. Congressman Hall went on to cast key votes to close the federal loophole.

I unequivocally opposes the reopening of the waste-handling site. The local press acknowledged this week that my contributions to the closing of the waste facility have long been “undervalued” by my political opponents.

Finally, Mayor Schmidt knows very well that MTA-Metro-North is in the process of acquiring that site for their own purposes. End of story.

Signed-Leo Wiegman

On March 10, 2009 4:02 PM, cranialdensity said:

And then we have this gem to share. Not much has changed, has it?

On March 10, 2009 10:47 AM, said: will be providing its in-depth candidate analysis and endorsements AFTER the debate and final round of Gazette letters are analyzed by The Fact Checker. Our evaluation criteria is now available under our Endorsements section

On March 10, 2009 9:50 AM, GEORGIANNA Grant said:

Of course the newspaper doesn’t send a reporter to cover village board meetings. All Rob Marchant has to do is call Maria Cudequest for reports. She after all, has annointed herself and her 3 or 4 friends as traveling reporters. She has all that misinformation readily available. And if he doesn’t call her, she calls him with her latest spin. .

On March 10, 2009 8:00 AM, Mrs Smith said:

Interesting to watch how the ncn’ers will spin this one - from the same newspaper they excoriated when they agreed with Elliott about the waste transfer station. Unforurtunate how this newspaper, on the strength of what - a half hour interview - feels empowered to make such pronouncements - same paper who never sends a reporter to village board meetings to see for themselves what goes on, and how allows a village resident employee (reporter) to report on his own community.


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