BY ANTHONY J. BAZZO
I have a problem. I actually like Bob Giordano, the Democrat candidate
running for Town Board in next Tuesday’s special election against Tom Diana, his
Republican opponent. I met Bob when Don Peters was running for his second term
as supervisor. Knowing that Don was a good judge of character, and even though
Bob and I disagreed on a number of issues, I respected him. Any other time, I
probably would vote for him. However, should I do so now, it would give the
Democrats majority on the Town Board, which I am reluctant to do.
Here is why:
Last year, Supervisor Grace nominated two Democrats to fill the vacant seat on the board due to the election of David Paganelli to highway superintendent. Two Democrats that the party had no problem with for more than one election running under their banner. Two Democrats that were voted down by Nick Bianco and Vishnu Patel and opposed by the Democrat leadership to fill those vacancies. Bob was silent. He went along with the party line. Could his voice of reason made a difference? We will never know for he never spoke up. He put his party before the Town when it mattered. So when I hear he would “do what’s best for the town,” I take that with a grain of salt. If he could not stand up to the party leaders, how is he going to stand up to Susan Siegel and Vishnu Patel?
As for Democrat Rosanne Brackett, who is running against Republican Greg Bernard in the special election to fill the unexpired term of Sen. Terrence Murphy, there is no way I would consider her a voice of reason. Her claim to fame is her opposition to the Spectra pipeline, which I find unreasonable based on fear mongering. She is totally in line with the party bosses, who as I have said have gone off the deep end. How else would one explain their opposition to two of their own when nominated to fill the vacant seat last year? Talk about rubber stamps: Brackett would back both Susan’s and Vishnu’s play because she agrees with them. Again this would give the Democrats a majority on the Town Board. This must not happen.
This Democrat majority would give Susan the power to act as de facto supervisor and put her agenda over the top, which is definitely what the voters did not want with their overwhelming votes for Supervisor Grace and his agenda. As I said, I do not believe Giordano would stand up to her, and Brackett agrees with her.
Susan, with her recent desire to be the code inspector, has shown she has not changed. I believe her when she said she was just responding to complaints from neighbors, however, we do have a code inspector and that is who she should have gone to with her concerns, that’s why we pay the inspector. Now we are told in a recent Letter to the Editor that she did go to the code inspector. Yet following her actions of the past, she did not trust the inspector to do her bidding. She just had to get personally involved herself. She has shown again that she does not play well with others and has no faith in the people whose job it is, to do their job. Like in the past, because of her actions, she has placed the town in jeopardy of another lawsuit. Also, because of her insistence that the sober home vote was valid, she again has put the Town in jeopardy of more lawsuits. Giordano’s and Brackett’s silence on this is telling.
As I said in the past, voters want Siegel to have a seat at the table, but they do not want her running the show and this is what would happen with the election of Giordano or Brackett. I do not agree with everything Supervisor Grace has done, but he is more right then wrong, and the voters, I among them, want his agenda advanced.
The only way to keep Yorktown from moving backwards to the “Town of No” is to elect Tom Diana and Greg Bernard to the board on March 10. Supervisor Grace may not be on the ballot, but his agenda certainly is. For me, the choice is simple: whose agenda do I want? Do I want Susan Siegel as de facto supervisor? Do I want the present local Democrat leadership calling the shots? Hell no! But this IS what is at stake in March. This is what I say, what say you?