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Murray town employee says town officials work hard for community

Posted 11 September 2018 at 9:50 am

Editor:

Yes, another year has gone by and sadly, I feel the need to defend myself and my coworkers yet again. I have proudly worked in the Town of Murray Highway & Water department for 10 years and the Assessor’s Office for 5. I work with some of the finest people I have ever known.

Funny that someone wrote about personal attacks on Mr. Sidonio, while he and his group are the ones personally attacking the Town of Murray Town Board members and its employees. I have heard a lot of accusations being thrown around, I have heard how we are corrupt and unethical. Those are easy words to throw out there, just to get people riled up. They are, however, not so easy to back up. I am beyond offended.

I may not have much, but I do have my integrity. I am honest and I work hard. I do the best I can every day to serve the residents of this fine Town and I can say that about all the employees here.

I have a lot of respect for our Town of Murray Board members. They are a diverse group of people. I am proud to have them represent our Town. They are certainly not “making a career out of their political offices.” Most are new to public office; a new Supervisor this year and two new Board Members who bring new ideas and different opinions. They work for all of us to make improvements and to keep this Town strong.

I keep hearing a need for transparency. Our board meetings are open to the public, the audits that the Town asks to have done every year have been shown, and the Board has always invited any resident to come to talk to them. I don’t know how much more transparent you can be.

Your current Republican Committee members have worked hard for years to put forth good candidates and I think they have done a great job. They are out in the community, working, involved, helping out. They are good people.

Neil Valentine is also a good person, a fine man. A lifelong resident, a hardworking family man who volunteers and participates in this community. His wish to be on the Town Board stems from his sense of community and he will bring yet another perspective to the Board.

Anyone is welcome to run for office. But let’s do it on our own merits; not by telling lies and cutting down good people that may stand in our way.

Those that want to believe the rumors are going to believe them no matter what. For those who know us, your employees, I ask that you vote on Thursday, Sept. 13th, for the honest and law-abiding candidate, Neil Valentine, along with your incumbent committee members.

Sincerely,

Louise Passarell

Murray