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Kieran Lalor: Term limits are the only way to achieve true ethics reform in N.Y. state government

I have not always been a fan of term limits because I feel public service is a “calling”. When your community asks you to put your skills, experience, and character to work for the betterment of society you do it humbly, passionately and ethically. It takes a strong man of principle to know when their job is done and time for fresh ideas, President Washington was a man of such ideals. While urged to seek a 3rd term he decided not to, because America had just fought a war to throw off the yoke of monarchism and he did not want to become “King George”.

Sadly, a lot of today’s politicians act like it’s their divine right to be in “power” and, along with a complicit political system, they think they are smarter and wiser than the citizens they represent, thus legislate against the will of the people.

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Finally, the true cost for 13 years of “No Tax Increases” for Fishkill

town-seal1After 13 years of trumpeting “no tax increases” the Town of Fishkill Supervisor Joan Pagones now says that the new New York State 2% Property Tax Cap is going to create a problem for Fishkill.  The question that springs to mind is “Why?”  Why, after 13 years of not raising taxes when everything around us is going up do we suddenly have a problem with a 2% increase?  How did the Supervisor magically maintain the status quo, even though surrounding Town’s budgets dictated increases of 5, 15, 20 or even higher percent increases?  Thanks to a New York State Comptroller audit, we now know it was done with a shady shell game of borrowing, improper budget transfers and outright theft from districts that have gone lacking.

By Supervisor Pagones’ own admission the Town is “roughly 30 million dollars in debt”.  Like a teenager with a credit card Pagones has no concept of living within your means, and sadly the Town of Fishkill is now on the hook for her bill.  The honorable thing to do would be resign with humility but instead she chooses to deny, dispute and accuse anyone trying to review true budget numbers of “troublemaking”.  Her only goal has been re-election and for 19 years it worked, but there’s a new wind blowing in Fishkill.

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New Faces of Fishkill

The Town of Fishkill Republican Committee has endorsed a slate of candidates that will bring a new set of ideas, a new thought process, and a breath of fresh air to politics in Fishkill.  The Committee has nomiated Bob LaColla for Town Supervisor, Tony Curry and Kurt Buck for Town Councilman, Bob Rahemba and Harold Epstein for Town Judge,  Glen Scofield for Highway Superintendent, and Ori Brachfeld and Jim Miccio for County Legislator.

The selection of Bob LaColla for Supervisor marks a turning point for the Committee and a drastic departure from the status quo.  The state of the Town’s finances and results of a recent audit by the New York State Comptroller as well as a lack of cooperation among Town Board members has prompted a call for change.

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