Sterling and Watkins best for German Flatts

I have been attending town board meetings regularly for the past several years and I am shocked at the behaviors of the current councilmen.

Our Town Supervisor, Peter Rovazzi, is working diligently to improve the “Significant Fiscal Stress” the state Comptroller designated German Flatts in. Our taxpayers have been paying full health insurance for board members, town attorney and their family members. One councilman takes a $350/month stipend in lieu of insurance.

At a budget workshop, it was proposed that these people only get coverage for themselves (no spouse or family plan). The newest councilman said that it would significantly narrow our pool of candidates for the future board seats. Really? Jack Fitzer, who is highly qualified, has attended practically every meeting for 18-plus years and offered to fill the vacant seat for 1 ¼ years with no pay and no insurance. A person who had never attended a board meeting will get paid $5,475.00/year and a $350/month stipend until beginning full insurance benefits ($20,000-plus) next year for himself and spouse, was appointed.

Please vote for Ozzie Sterling and Penny Watkins on Nov. 5 for the benefit of all German Flatts taxpayers. They will work for all of us.

Barbara Wiers, Mohawk

 

Friend has begun building a community

We support Celeste Friend for Utica Common Council in the 3rd Ward. We have been two of the many volunteers who have canvassed Ward neighborhoods. As a group, we have knocked on over 3,000 doors and talked to hundreds of residents.

We continue to volunteer for Friend's campaign because she is the smartest, most enthusiastic candidate to run for this position. The efforts Friend has made to contact and listen to her constituents has convinced us that she will fight for open, responsive government. She has taken the first steps in forming both resident and independent business advisory committees for the Ward.

Friend is doing much more than running a campaign. She is building community in South Utica. After each weekly canvass, we come back to her house to enjoy a meal and exciting conversation, often about politics and issues in South Utica.

We feel we have joined a diverse, close community during this campaign. We have hope that a Council with Friend as a member will work towards a Utica for all of us. We need to elect this hardworking woman to Common Council!

Early voting starts Oct. 26, and Election Day is Nov. 5. Details for early voting can be found on Friend's web page, uticaforall.com.

Olivia and James Paul, Utica

 

Friend has vision for brighter future

Election Day is near and I have never felt so enthusiastic about voting for a South Utica representative to the Common Council in my 25-plus years of living in Ward 3.

What’s different this year? Celeste Friend is running for the seat.

Friend is a longtime resident of this neighborhood and sincerely cares about the quality of life for its residents. She is a champion for our vibrant community, supports investment in businesses and arts organizations, and seeks to develop green spaces.

I am quite impressed by the well-organized campaign Friend has conducted since this summer. She and her volunteers have visited homes throughout the ward to listen to our concerns and to share her vision for our future together. I know she will bring this unflagging energy to the Common Council, to speak with sincere conviction on our behalf.

South Uticans! Please join me in voting for Celeste Friend for Utica Common Council on Nov. 5.

Mary Murray, Utica

 

Won’t buy that bridge, nor a wall from Trump

I’m reacting to the Oct. 14 Tom Morgan commentary.

He's right.  I wouldn’t buy that proverbial bridge those mentioned in the column are trying to sell. However I believe he conspicuously left out a major character in his diatribe. Are we asked to believe that Trump was really concerned with corruption in Ukraine and wanted to begin the clean-up with the Bidens? And should we really buy the fact that Trump’s refusal to follow subpoena orders or hiding private conversations with world leaders in secret servers was because he knows he’s innocent of wrongdoing but doesn’t want to prove it?

Over the past two years we were asked to believe that Trump knew nothing of the payoffs to women he had affairs with, or that the multitude of other women that claim sexual harassment against him are all lying. How about Trump’s odd behavior when dealing with Vladimir Putin? Should we buy that he’s playing 3-dimensional chess or possibly Putin does have something on him that he doesn’t want divulged? I could go on and on, but I don’t have the lengthy byline Morgan's afforded, so next time he writes a pithy column about Washington corruption try to include Trump.

Richard Calenzo, Utica