Bazzo Says: In Yorktown, the people have spoken, again
BY ANTHONY J.
OF YORKTOWN NEWS & MAHOPAC
Once again, the people have spoken: They want to see Yorktown
move forward, they want entrepreneurs to invest in Yorktown, and what they don’t
want is continuing the old Yorktown tradition of talking something to death
until investors get fed up and quit. They were also smart enough to realize the
diversion of the Spectra pipeline topic, was just that—a diversion. The voters
knew that, at the end of the day, it was the federal government that had the
final say, and not whoever sits on the Town Board.
Just to prove my point, the feds gave their approval earlier
this month and, as predicted, the Dark Ages advocates cried foul. Editorials and
elected officials from neighboring towns said, “It was not fair. It was
premature. We weren't finished talking about it. They ignored our concerns.”
What could they say? They aren't actually going to admit that the feds deemed
their concerns unfounded. Noooooo, they had to be “ignored.” The dirty little
secret, according to the Dark Ages advocates, is that the feds are in bed with
fossil fuel to make money and kill us and our children. The simple fact is the
feds realized that a 61-year-old pipeline is a more founded concern than their
fears of what might be.
Back to the March 10 special election. The smart money was on
Giordano and Bernard winning. It was a short race, and according to smart money,
name recognition was going to be the deciding factor. As true in most cases,
smart money thought the voters too stupid to realize there were actual issues
being addressed and you were actually paying attention. The problem with smart
money is they also think they are the smartest people in the room and actually
have a low opinion of the voter.
Then, of course, you have the losing party now accusing the
winning party of using half-truths and innuendos. You see, it could never be
that their message was simply rejected. No, it had to be something nefarious. We
are dealing with Republicans, after all. But here is what really happened: the
winning side was able to better define the losing side. This is usually the case
in any election: Whoever makes the more convincing argument will
In the Bernard/Brackett race, it was made easier when one
side makes the rookie mistake of thinking whatever they write on social media
will be ignored by the opposition. The Democrat leadership waxed poetic about
their social media campaign, not realizing social media is a double-edged sword.
Everything posted on social media is fair game. Everything. This includes
Brackett’s personal blog. It is not an invasion of privacy to use the words or
pictures posted by the candidates themselves for political gain.
I was taught that when you are going to do something stupid,
do it in private. After all, the only way two people can keep a secret is if one
of them is dead. When I was younger and part of the NYC night club scene, some
of the beautiful people thought posing for photos in the altogether was a good
way to make a quick buck. You are young, good looking with no thought of the
future, so what the hell. I was lucky that my mentor taught me to be wary of
something that could bite you in the ass in the future. So when these beautiful
people matured and got respectable jobs, they feared their youthful
indiscretions would come back to bite them.
You also had the smartest people in the room trying to cheat
Uncle Sam by keeping two sets of books. Again, my mentors taught me if that if
you cannot remember what you are stealing, you should not steal. Jump now to
this modern age, and again you see the smartest people in the world getting
tripped up because they decided to put their indiscretions in emails, thinking
that by pushing "delete," it would go away. Think Enron. Nothing ever goes away!
Hillary knew that all too well, which is why she did not use a government server
while secretary of state.
In my case, everything I have ever written or filmed can be
found online in my blog's archives. Even though I have Twitter, LinkedIn and
Facebook, I only use them to post updates of my blog, columns or television
show. My private life is private! In fact, the only thing I ever posted about my
private life is the obituary I wrote when my father died and the picture of my
wedding on Facebook.
For people who put their private life and thoughts on social
media, this election should serve as a warning. Even though the posts taken from
Brackett’s blog were from 2010 and 2011, nothing goes away. My own personal code
about people's private lives prevented me from mentioning those posts in my
columns, even though I had been aware of them for months.
This paper was also aware of the posts, but they also
refrained from that kind of story. And it was a legitimate story. We are talking
about a candidate running for office, after all. However, there were letters to
the editor. These were properly vetted. The editors sought proof and checked to
make sure they were written by residents of Yorktown. There was no way a paper,
unless they decided to show bias, could keep those letters out.
So what happened? We have a political party that happened to
lose an election now giving the silent treatment to this paper, as if their loss
was the paper's fault. God forbid they look in a mirror and wonder why their
message was defeated. Noooooo, it was the paper. Like all government-centrics,
the fault lies in the stars. Not in themselves.
Here is the problem: Life is not one-dimensional. All actions
will have a reaction. So now we have still another local election coming this
November. Who knows, there may even be a primary in September. So when a
politician speaks and no one hears them, did they make a sound? It will do them
no good if the only people that hear them live in Cortlandt, Peekskill or
Ossining. The only thing in their favor is that this paper is not as petty as
they are. This is a Yorktown paper. So if it is Yorktown, it will be covered,
even though those being covered may act like a petulant child.
This what I say. What say you?
Show Director Dennis Tate discusses the issues at
9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 1 and 8, on channel 74.