November 10, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 10, 2012

Tempest in teapot

TO THE EDITOR: Apparently, the Town of Essex, with citizens aligning with particular interests and vitriolic emails flying through the atmosphere, is in an uproar over the Supervisor’s withholding the pay of the elected Town Clerk who has failed to file her monthly reports as required by law.

New York Town Law Section 27 plainly states; “Every officer or employee, except a town justice, is hereby required to submit monthly to the supervisor a verified statement of all moneys received by him and to pay such moneys to the supervisor ... Unless such verified statement and payment be made such officer or employee shall not be paid any portion of his salary until the report be submitted of any moneys paid as herein provided.”

There appears be no allegations of malfeasance; rather simply the clerk is unable to provide reports as required. It is inferred, despite the fact the town expends money for an assistant to the clerk, that the clerk needs additional guidance from the Comptroller’s Office to resolve issues with the accounting or reports. It also appears town officials are trying to resolve the issues, and once reports are delivered, the clerk will be paid as allowed by law.

So why do we hear of the bickering between residents aligning themselves against other citizens communicating with terse and probably less than helpful or informative emails over a stance taken by the town supervisor, who is under the obligation to the town to follow the law and properly account for the finances?

A tempest in a teapot, and it only reinforces the belief that local government in New York is encumbered with far too many elected officials and redundancies among the small adjourning towns and villages.




Sponsors recognized

TO THE EDITOR: I had previously submitted a letter recognizing the generous sponsors of the second-annual MVP Kids Inc. Golf Tournament on June 22.

I was remiss in not including the following sponsors, who also helped make the tournament a great success: Northern Insuring Agency, Rand Hill Painters and the tournament host, The Barracks Golf Club.

Thank you again to all of our sponsors, and we look forward to seeing you again next year.


Vice president

MVP Kids Inc.

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