Concerning next Tuesday’s referendum
The assertion that three town board members are “usurping powers from the supervisor” is fundamentally flawed, since our town is governed by a council (including the supervisor). That board was duly elected just as the supervisor was. Their vote totals are many times a multiple of the supervisor’s, who was placed in office by a mere five-vote win. That is hardly a sweeping mandate to overhaul the structure of town government, yet that is what we have seen time and again. The attempt to replace the town attorney without cause, re-directing grant proceeds without board approval, accepting bids verbally without the board’s knowledge, refusing to bring the bookkeeper’s position to a vote by the full board at their request, attempting to rescind all appointees to the Zoning Re-write Committee, the list goes on. Read the minutes of the town board meetings at www.tusten.org and you will see these and many more examples. Every voter should read the minutes of November 3, 2010 public hearing before voting on this referendum.
True, the supervisor’s office has the additional responsibility of administering the majority’s policies, but has no additional power of rescission or veto which trumps the majority. Three of five members voted to keep the procedure status quo. Their position is supported by precedent. The only usurpation is from the single member who would effect change against the will of the peoples’ representatives. In a democracy, the majority cannot usurp power from a single executive since by definition, power rests with the majority.