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Things we will not talk about:
The Sheriff vs the DA vs maturity.
The Sheriff losing the perspective of innocence before guilt.
The no-show job Maryellen Odell tried to get an aid at the county golf course.
The continuance of the "temporary" increase in the county sales tax rate.
John Wilkes Booth.
Here we go! (It's been a while so I may be a tad rusty.)
The Brainless Dead have taken over and they're in charge of our towns and county. The war was over before we even knew we were in one. The winners are mindlessly doing dumb things much worse than bumping into walls and eating annoying people from Georgia while the losers hope their own brains will be sucked out of their heads before they explode from the shock and awe of a county overrun by zombies.
Here's an example:
In Kent, the town board, led by Supervisor Kathy Doherty, decided to ship sewage from a large watershed with a lot of votes and dump it into a much smaller watershed with many fewer votes. It's always safe politically to shit on the little guy during an election year.
The Kent town board also voted 3-2 to place a cell tower on Smokey Hollow Court that is literally in the front yards of the homes there and, as you can imagine, over their strenuous objections.
Who were the two who voted against? The two guys on the board who are up for re-election this year: John, the other Green(e) and Lou Tartaro. Naturally. When you know that a bad law you want to support has enough votes to pass you can vote any way you want and claim you give a damn.... about getting re-elected. Being that you can't prove a negative and that they're zombies, I'll have to take their word for it.But wait, it gets better in the Town of Lakes...
Several months ago the County legislature wanted to pass a resolution that would ban the use of hydrofracking waste fluid on all roads in the county for snow removal purposes and for disposal in our sewage treatment plants. Apparently that unknown chemical brew melts snow and prevents freezing. The resolution was based almost word for word on Westchester County's resolution which passed with no problems. But being Putnam County the towns of Kent and Patterson sent a letter to complain based on "home rule" grounds and guess what... they sent the exact same letter! Oh, "Patterson" was scratched out and "Kent" written in with blue crayon on Kent's letter, but otherwise they were exactly the same, word for word.
As our County legislature has the backbone of a decomposing squid they changed their resolution to bypass towns and to include only county roads and facilities and urged the towns to pass their own resolutions. So (and you know this was coming...) where are those resolutions from Kent and Patterson? Best as I can tell, with emails to Kent town hall and checking the website, it does not exit. Does this mean Kent intends to use such a pollutant on the roads come winter? Who knows? The town ain't talkin'. And if you should try to complain to Supervisor Doherty you'll only get a voice response... if you're not being told that information was wrong in the first place. But there's still no resolution. So until there is one, Kent may very well desire to use this radioactive crap on her roads come winter.And talking of Bob Bondi, that darling of the FBI and state handouts, that brings us to the county level and that's where the Zombies have really won. I don't even know where to start...
Okay, Peekskill Hollow Road. Quite some time ago the peeps down on PHR convinced the county not to widen the road to superhighway dimensions and then successfully fought for the road to be included in a historic district. All that is good. But then they asked for a through-traffic weigh limit so that the 18 Wheelers and asphalt and rock-carrying trucks that ram down that road at incredible speeds be banned expect for local delivery. County highway commissioner, Pena, told those nice people, NO WAY. He might not have used those words but, well, in essence he did.
Putnam Valley and the County legislature have both passed non-binding resolutions in support of this sensible precaution to safety and wear and tear on PHR but the County Highway Commissioner steadfastly refuses. He makes all kinds of claims that bend credulity to the breaking point when all he has to do is post the damned signs. But he will not. He said it would violate the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. He said he didn't have the authority. He said, heck, he said 'no'.So yeah, in a moment of clarity the legislative zombies at Chez 40 Gleneida did something purposeful but that was probably just after they finished devouring the brains of eastern Europeans living in Mahopac whose work, student and tourist visas expired when Bush was still president - so they were adequately sated. But once the stupor wore off and there were no more Estonians to eat, the County Executive decided that your outdoor recreational experience would be enhanced by commercial advertising.
According to a Tax Watch article by David McKay Wilson in last week's NY Journal News, a company called "Bike Path Country" intends to suck the country right out of the rail trail by installing markers every 1/2 mile with advertising on it along all 36 miles of the former Put Line from Yonkers through Carmel and into Brewster. I mean, you don't want to get lost and you do want to Eat At Joe's, right?Lastly, we get to our Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. Mr. Maloney ran as a "Bill Clinton Democrat" (his words) and he sure as hell tries to prove that each and every day, being the best Republican the Democrats can buy.
Just last week his zombie addled cranium voted not only to cut $20 billion in nutrition support for America's most needy but then voted to remove the President from the decision-making process so that Canada could sell tar-sands oil to China via the Keystone XL pipeline thus helping America's least needy. I swear, he must have been partying in that car with Stephen Katz. Whatever they were smoking must have been really, really good.
Next time out, the Game of Thrones edition.
The image of the sign for the rail trail that is not the sign for the rail trail (don't ask) is from the NYJN website via electronic link and accompanied the article.
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