In the past, the summertime stench wafting over western Broome County was the byproducts of the Vestal-JC Sewage Treatment plant. A similar stink has shifted further west and now hangs over the Vestal Town Hall. Technology defeated the sewage plant stink, now voters have their change to do the same in voting out self-serving elected officials that treat Vestal taxpayers like their personal Piggy Bank.
Hopefully, political new-comers Maria Sexton, Robert Greene and Glenn Miller can provide the industrial-strength air freshener so vitally needed to rid the Town of Vestal of a closed, autocratic governance structure that has provided insiders with bloated salaries while punishing taxpayers with unfair assessments and in general, ignoring the concerns of residents. The reek of self-serving political operatives that distain their constituents while lining their own pockets is hopefully over.
Sexton, Green and Miller are running against the incumbency in the Democratic primary coming up on June 27, 2023, for Supervisor and town council spots respectively. Notoriously low turn-outs for primary campaigns is what breathed life into the likes of Congresswoman Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez in 2019. If Vestal residents sit on their hands in this race, current Town Supervisor John Schaffer and his muted-minions on the town board will continue to ransack the town and betray the interests of Vestal residents so please get out and vote.
Under the cover of a Covid scare, this is what current Vestal leadership has done:
Schaffer has doubled his salary in less than 3-years to over $100,000.00, pretty good for a part-time job but that’s not the worst of it. The Human Resources Director saw her salary package increase over 130% in three-years to well over $90,000.00, oh and so you know, her husband, who is also the Town Attorney, is making north of $119,000.00, up 74% from 3-years ago. Those are just the highlights. For more go to:
https://www.realdemocracy4vestal.com/money-go-2 and see all of the inflated price-tags on all the insiders riding the taxpayer-funded band-wagon.
Sexton is a political new-comer with an impressive resume of leadership, integrity and a full understanding of systems, administrations, budgets and people. Mr. Greene and Miller are likewise poised to provide principled leadership by paying close attention to what residents want as opposed to enriching themselves at taxpayer expense.
John Schaffer is a loud-mouthed bully that holds court in a manner that is opaque, autocratic and outwardly abusive and dismissive to any dissenting voice. The current board members are potted plants that take their nourishment from Schaffer and rubber-stamp his agenda.
If the voters in Vestal want more of the same, keep ignoring your local politics, but be aware, if you do nothing, nothing will change and if that happens, well then keep your mouth shut when the reality of continued mismanagement and uncontrolled taxes is the order of the day.