TO THE EDITOR: A flyer being circulated by persons opposed to the dissolution of one justice position for the Town of Jay contains misleading/inaccurate information.
The author claims one of the reasons for changing from two justices to one was “the fact that Judge Minogue has been spending several winter months in Florida” and “Judge Minogue’s decision to spend winters in Florida is disturbing.”
These statements infer that I am derelict in my duties. The facts:
One board member indicated that a resident had complained that Judge Minogue was not available (motive and time unstated). That discussion was not a stated reason for the decision for one justice, a fact that was made abundantly clear at the meeting. Had the author of the flyer done his due diligence, he would’ve found that I returned routinely to Jay to perform my court duties, at my expense.
All cases before me are current; I keep abreast of all issues via phone, text or Internet. There is no mandate that a town justice be present 24/7. I have regular contact with court staff and my co-judge, and we routinely cover for each other to accommodate any conflicts of judicial duties or scheduling.
There have been no issues cited by the District Attorney’s Office or any defendant’s attorneys relative to timeliness. I routinely assist my co-judge and have done so for nearly four years on his court nights. I do this in order to make his job a little easier but primarily to further educate myself about the judicial system and learn from him.
The flyer is a specious attempt to enrage or incite voters, and it is fraught with half-truths and inaccuracies in an attempt to promote their agenda.
ROBERT J. MINOGUE
Jay town justice
TO THE EDITOR: This Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, I am seeking the position of town supervisor for the Town of Dannemora.
I am currently in my second year of a four-year term as a town councilman. I have gained a good working knowledge and understanding of the operation of all areas of the town. When addressing any issues, I have and will continue to always keep in mind how my actions or decisions affect the entire town.
My record as a Town Council member indicates that I have put first and foremost the cares and concerns of all the taxpayers. I am a strong advocate to maintain the budget within the tax-cap guidelines established by New York state.
I have fought to make sure that town business is conducted within the polices and procedures set forth by New York state and the Town Council.
A town council, as a group, is the executive head of the town, which acts as a group and must function as a body. Each member has no more or less authority than any other board member.
A town supervisor is assigned certain powers of supervision and administration, including overseeing the town finances, which allows the town to function between council meetings.
If elected, I will conduct myself within the guidelines set for this position. I will work hard with the entire town council making sure that our local government is transparent and forthright.
High personal responsibility rests on all council members to represent all of the residents, and careful consideration must be taking when making important decisions. Thank you for your time and consideration.
On Nov. 5, please exercise your right to do so and vote.
WILLIAM “BILL” CHASE