Earlville, New York
Coloring a day can denote both good news and bad news. They call it "Black Friday" because the day after Thanksgiving is supposed to be good news, the day stores across the United States become profitable - in the black, as in accounting. The term also denotes something negative, as in "Black Monday" when in 1987 when the stock market crashed.
November 25, 2008, will go down in history as Black Tuesday for the Village of Earlville - profit, good news, to "we the people" and loss, bad news, to a limited power deceptive small town government. This was the day that the New York Supreme Court ordered the Village to proceed with a referendum vote. This was the crash that the mayor and majority of the board feared: being held accountable for their promises and actions.
After years of promises and months of debates, it took one vote in August of 2008 to show the truth behind those elected as public representatives and public servants. The originally promoted $1.5 million project by trustee Boomhower in the Mid York Weekly that EXPLODED to a $3.5 million water project was passed by a handful of people by "permissive referendum." They promised to bring the vote to the people but turned their backs on the people. Yes, the mayor Toni Campbel promised to bring the vote to the people. Yes, trustee Kim Boomhower promised to bring the vote to the people. Yes, Mark Doeberl promised to bring the vote to the people. They all said it publicly, in published newspapers and/or in public meetings.
But, in an action to hold them accountable for their promise of bringing this multi-million dollar water project to vote, a petition was circulated (with the help of Trustee Hayes) and properly submitted by deadline, only to be challenged 2 months later in New York Supreme Court by the promise-breakers themselves, calling themselves the Village of Earlville. The petition was upheld by the Judge and ruled in favor of the people.
In a letter to the editor published in the Mid York Weekly after the 2007 Village elctions, mayor Campbell said that her re-election showed that the residents trusted her, but, she added, more important that she trusts the residents. Both those statements are far from the truth. How can anyone trust a liar? And all actions taken by the mayor reflect her distrust of the residents in a referendum vote.
The residents spoke loudly November 25, 2008.
The proposal moves forward, as it should, in the voice of the people. But still, truthful and complete answers are needed. How is the proposed project to be funded? What percentage from property tax levy and what percentage from water revenue? We have yet to be told.
Yes, it was Black Tuesday for the liars for 2 reasons. Their taxpayer and resident funded challenge in NY Supreme Court against the taxpayers and residents themselves was found without merit. Then that evening the Board, by order of the Supreme Court, had to vote in favor of a referendum. This may come as a shocking reminder to some, that even elected officials are subject to the law.
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