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Opinion

September 3, 2013

Bring change to the Richfield Town Board

We need to hold our elected town officials accountable for their actions. I attended the Richfield Town Board meeting on Monday, Aug. 19, and I was appalled by actions and statements made by Laurie Bond and Mary Margaret Snyder. 

There was a public hearing and many impassioned people urged the board to enact the moratorium on heavy industrial land use. Laurie Bond and Mary Margaret Snyder again voted down the moratorium. Then Supervisor Enjem tried to fill the vacancy on the town board from the three highly qualified residents who applied for the position. 

Paul Palumbo, Gerry Wong and Ryan Fagan all submitted requests to be considered. These residents are all entrepreneurs and hold advanced degrees. Any town would be thrilled to have such qualified people step up to serve. 

Laurie Bond and Mary Margaret Snyder voted down all three. Supervisor Francis Enjem tried to fill the vacancy on the Planning Board with applicant Tim Cantwell. He is the most qualified person for this position available in the town, having been a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for 16 years, and therefore totally familiar with local land use laws. He is also a dairy farmer with a degree in civil engineering, and the board needs an agricultural member. 

Again, Bond and Snyder voted “no.”

Running for re-election this fall is Laurie Bond, who has not earned another term! She has demonstrated over and over that she does not have the best interests of our community at heart. The town of Richfield has a choice this year. Re-electing Supervisor Enjem, and Councilman Seamon, plus adding Paul Palumbo to the board, will create a team with diverse skills that can work together for an effective open government. 

Louis Salaun

Richfield Springs

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