October 17, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 17, 2013

Excellent candidate

TO THE EDITOR: The voters of Ward 4 should feel honored that Paul “Crusher” O’Connell has decided to run for City Council.

Paul and I were born in Plattsburgh and have lived within the city all of our lives. I’ve known him for almost 50 years, and I know he will represent Ward 4 to the best of his ability.

I showed this trust in Paul when I nominated him to run for councilman.

I live in Ward 3, so I cannot vote for him, but I wish I could as I believe he will be an excellent councilor and representative for Ward 4.




Bartley accomplisments

TO THE EDITOR: As Election Day draws near, I am reminded of the many accomplishments Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley has made in the past two years.

At the same time, a glimpse of the former administration of Noel Merrihew’s financial management is a reminder that we cannot afford to go backward.

The State Comptroller’s audit of the Town of Elizabethtown, reviewing the period Jan. 1, 2008, to April 30, 2009, during Noel Merrihew’s term, found that:

“Financial operations were deficient because the Supervisor (Merrihew) failed to maintain complete and accurate financial records.

“Formal bank reconciliations were not completed for any bank accounts.

“When we (comptroller) tested cash account balances for December 2008 and March 2009, we found discrepancies between the bank statement and general ledger balances that could not be explained, ranging from approximately $260 to $140,260.

“Four of seven expenditure accounts we (comptroller) reviewed were over-expended during the year.

“The bookkeeper attempted to keep track of town finances, but lacked the training and experience to adequately do so.

“We (comptroller) asked the supervisor (Merrihew) and bookkeeper about these improper practices and found that they did not understand the proper method to account for and control town expenditures.”

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