Valley Viewpoints: Big Brother

by Rodney DeLong of Fulton

I would like to share a concern regarding the people who run our local fire district. All elected officials swear an oath to “support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of New York,” and that they will “faithfully” discharge the duties of the office… to the best of their ability.”

I have recently had several issues with the commissioners of the Cody Fire District. For most people, the process for addressing concerns is to call one of the commissioners or attend a district meeting to bring up these concerns. The Cody Fire District has determined that my concerns and issues should not be bought directly to the commissioners, but rather through their attorney.

Ok, fine, for the last 2-3 years I have been bringing my concerns to their lawyer as requested. Unfortunately, the commissioners still don’t care to address some of my issues (they pick and choose what they want to address).

Now they have decided that I shouldn’t call their lawyer either, but hire a lawyer to talk to their lawyer. This is ridiculous, if they would allow me to use the same method of communication as everyone else, they wouldn’t have to pay a lawyer to take care of my concerns.

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