This is your government

by Cheryl Holmes, Granby

Thursday, April 10 at 9 p.m., the taxpayer’s vote for county treasurer was stymied by a Republican legislature that is self-serving and out of touch with the lawful republic that our government was based on — a government for the people, by the people.

Incumbent legislators who presently own their own business would most likely not have hired Fred Beardsley to work for them. Those legislators that work for public, non-profit corporations, school districts or large companies, don’t care. They are in the habit of wasting money and all they want is more power to place key people into positions to enhance their ability to get re-elected, receive financial perks and advance socially.

Then there are the legislators who want to progress up the ladder of success just like Beardsley. They want the same as the others but they are also new and fearful of their job. They also want to get re-elected and keep building political favor.

These politicians don’t serve the Taxpayer, they woo, please and give the taxpayer free perks through slight of hand.

The politicians take your money and give it back to you through jobs and social programs after extracting their 30-percent share.

Seven legislators voted for the taxpayer and against Beardsley: Republicans Margaret Kastler and Shawn Doyle and Democrats Mike Kunzweiler, Doug Malone, Amy Tresidder, Dan Farfaglia, and Jacob Mulcahey. Republican Jim Karasak abstained because he was running for the treasurer’s position.

Fourteen Republican legislators voted for installing Beardsley: John Martino, Jack Proud, Dan LeClair, Robert Hayes, Linda Lockwood, Jack Brandt, Kevin Gardner, James Oldenburg, Shane Broadwell, Daniel Chalifoux, Terry Wilbur, Morris Sorbello, and Louella LeClair.

Beardsley was not present at the meeting to answer any questions.  The entire legislature was not allowed to question Mr. Beardsley.

Questions that were asked and that could not be answered by any one of the above voting for Mr. Beardsley were:

What is the candidate’s education? Did Beardsley graduate from high school?

Mr. Beardsley sold material to the Town of Hastings. The New York State comptroller reviewed Hastings Town records for years 1993 and 1994 and found Mr. Beardsley, the town supervisor, had a prohibited interest in a contract with the Town of Hastings. The town had purchased $6,728.00 in merchandise from Mr. Beardsley’s hardware store.

The comptroller also found in April 1998 to March 1999 a prohibited interest in certain contracts with the town for $18,464.28 in purchases at Beardsley’s Hardware Store.

The result being all accounts were closed except for the emergency highway account and it being capped at $600 per year as long as Beardsley remained in office.

The town was prohibited from purchasing merchandise from the Beardsley hardware store.

There were questions about bonding Mr. Beardsley as county treasurer that could not be answered. Can Beardsley be bonded?

When Mr. Beardsley left the chairmanship of the county Republican committee in 2011, the funds were severely depleted thousands of dollars were gone.

There was no reason to fill the county treasurer’s position for a period of seven months.

Legislator Margaret Kastler stood and told the legislature that she had spoken to the deputy treasurer Mark See many months previous to the Thursday meeting about handling the office of Treasury until the November of 2013 elections when a new treasurer could be elected by the people. See said there was no problem accepting that responsibility.

Santa Clause is a nice guy.  Would you as a voter put Santa Clause in office and operating your cash register if he had these credentials and this background?

This community has got to wake up and pay attention. Call your legislator. You cannot allow other people to vote for you.  These people are short circuiting our government process and they are cutting the voter – taxpayer out of fair representation.   This has to stop. Do yourself a favor investigate your representative before you vote in November?

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