Michelle D. Oswald, Republican candidate/current board member, supports current Town Board beliefs: providing open comments from citizens at every meeting, following NYS procedures for Town Board actions, supporting right to vote for all town citizens, expecting town board members to sign/follow ethics pledge, putting the overall good of the community over individual citizens, recording town board meetings to insure all citizens have access to the town board actions, promoting town development within the Town/Village Comprehensive Plan, cooperating with the village board and school board for community development.
Her opponent is a previous board member defeated in 2011. His actions/behavior as town board member, included, among others: voted on wind issues while holding wind leases (against ethics pledge and NYS law), voted for an illegal resolution to limit voting rights of town citizens, refused to vote for the repeal of this illegal resolution (even after the NYS attorney general declared it illegal), reported the town supervisor to the attorney general for releasing wind sound study data to the public(claim of illegal action dismissed by that office), sued local citizens in an attempt to limit their freedom of speech, voted against town board audits that had not been completed in many years (lack of financial responsibility), tried to prevent public comments. What were his goals then? In September he lost the Republican primary, then was nominated by the Democrats (but will not be on the Democrat ballot line since the local committee did not follow county election regulations). His past actions speak louder than words. What are his goals now? Is he claiming that he has changed, wind was wrong? Why now? Is he claiming that village water rates are going up because of a Town Board decision? Was he on the town board when that DANC agreement was signed? Is he all the local Democrats have to offer?
I base my vote on candidate actions. Vote Michelle DeJourdan Oswald for ethical behavior, focus on the whole community, transparent government following proper procedures and decisions focused on looking forward. She has a long family history here (DeJourdans), loves the Cape and will insist on fair local government. She has no financial conflicts of interest.
Vote for the government the Cape deserves, vote Michele DeJourdan Oswald.
James K. Hill
Cape Vincent NY