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June 27, 2014

In Your Opinion: New leadership needed in Harpersfield

This January, the state Supreme Court ruled on the question of whether NY Safety Track, a Harpersfield road-safety facility, is legally permitted to conduct superbike and track events. The ruling was a resounding NO.

Supervisor Jim Eisel Sr. told concerned residents repeatedly that the town would restrain activities at the track if a law was broken. I was therefore stunned when residents were informed at a public meeting on April 29 that Supervisor Eisel has decided not to enforce the law, despite the judge’s unequivocal ruling.

Yet more proof that Mr. Eisel’s word doesn’t hold much water. (He stated previously “there will be no cars” at the track. The very first event was — you guessed it — a car racing event). I was amused that Mr. Eisel apparently demanded police protection at the April 29 meeting (to face a roomful of mostly senior citizens) as the only available deputy in the town was in attendance. I was less amused when I heard that said deputy was too busy protecting Mr. Eisel to respond when an acute call came in. 

At this same meeting, Supervisor Eisel instructed his planning board to revamp Harpersfield’s site plan law; a law that he said in the very same breath would not be enforced. Harpersfield attorney Kevin Young recently complained to the press that the town is being sued “left and right.” He didn’t mention why.

The reason is that under the expert guidance of its attorney, the town has been violating the law and the rights of its citizens. They have consequently been ordered to pay the citizens’ legal fees to make restitution. Of the many things that have become clear throughout the process of this debacle, one stands out: it is long past time for new leadership in the town of Harpersfield.

Dana LaCroix


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