|East Hampton Town
1997 Trustee Campaign, Finance
I feel it again necessary
to respond to a Republican Trustees inability to grasp a financial basic.
Firstly, saving money while still providing services is good. Saving
money just for the sake of saving money or padding a bank account and not
providing services to the community that those fees were to be used for
is hoarding and is wrong. Their claim that it's a rainy day legal
fund is not only bizarre but is yet another indicator that their lack of
coordination among other Town offices has indeed produced the inferior
legislation that would require this fund. Would a reasonable person
starve their family by saving money just in case he was sued? Of
course not. To me, the Republican Trustees just don't get it.
A clear example of this Republican lack of coordination is the Trustee
Environmental Resource Permit (TERP). Proper coordination and planning
by not only Republican Trustees but also by Councilman Len Bernard (the
Town Board Liaison with the Trustees) would have, or should have, revealed
the many shortcomings of this, still proposed, legislation. This
election is a defacto referendum on TERP. If the Republicans win,
the Town gets TERP rammed down its throat. If (when) the Democrats
win, TERP goes post-haste into the trash. Simple as that. Mr.
Carley, last week spoke of "the hard work the Republican Trustees put forth".
Lots of people work hard. But being an elected representative of
the people requires not only working hard but working smart. How
smart was it to allow the ramp at Lazy Point to deteriorate? How
smart is it to have a governmental body compete against a Montauk businessman?
How smart was it to make an attempt to take over Lake Montauk bottomland
or to demand our baymen pay higher fees? It's our opinion that the
current board of Republican Trustees are completely out of ideas.
Has anyone seen a Republican Trustee platform? Does anyone know exactly
what the Republican Trustees stand for other than inane responses to what
the Democrats stand for? Does leadership exist anywhere
in the Republican party? In my opinion, the answers are no, no, and
absolutely no. A few weeks from now we'll all get the opportunity
to stand up and say loud and clear, "we're fed up with this, you guys are
'outta here". I hope a commanding majority of us will do as I'm going
to do; start with Cathy Lester and vote the whole Democratic line.
It's going to feel great.