Scott Russell likes to talk tough, which is why he invited me for a private meeting to “explain” the budget to me in a message he sent via the “contact me” form below.
Aside from the fact that he mistypes his own name as “Russeil,” (which led me to suspect this was false) I thought I would do him one better. I gave our Supervisor unfettered access to speak to each of you and explain himself in public, in addition to the opportunity to publicly correct any errors. My intent is to start a conversation in town, not to let him continue to sweep our concerns under the rug.
You can read my email below:
Supervisor Russell: I apologize for the delay in responding. I thought I would get emails when somebody contacted me through the website, but Denise from SoutholdLOCAL told me to check! My intent is to create a message board and discuss town issues and events. If you believe I have quoted you inaccurately or otherwise made an error, please let me know. I’m happy to give you space to discuss anything you like. My intent is to start the conversation so others can discuss.
When I talk to people, they have a lot to say about what’s going on, but feel factionalized and frustrated. I think the town will be more effective through healthy community discussion, and so will you and your colleagues.
Hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
So what has his response been??? Silence!
It’s been a week and narry a peep from our spelling-challenged Supervisor (I’ll take that to mean he has no corrections for me or this website). I’m sure he will try some other way to quiet and discredit us, and some of his most loyal supporters may begin to spam on our site or attack our integrity in the community, because that’s what politicians do when they don’t want the public to know the truth. That’s what politicians do to people who try to create a space for regular citizens to have a voice.
To shift gears for a minute, we have got some great tips from our neighbors here, so keep them coming. We will be writing about some of them in days to come.
Additionally, I hereby officially extend this invitation to any elected official or resident who wants to start a conversation about an issue in town. They say sunshine is the best disinfectant, so its time to shine a light on city hall!