Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To public hearings. And jeers to those who don’t take advantage of them. Gloversville will have a public hearing June 25 on a proposal by 4th Ward Councilwoman Ellen Anadio. She’s proposing a city ordinance that could call for criminal penalties against city employees who violate the city’s vehicle-use policy. Mayor Dayton King, who has been accused of violating the policy, says the issue is “nitpicky” stuff and a result of this year being an election year. We disagree this is related to an election year. The issues and lack of policies regarding city vehicle use goes back years before the mayor’s term. It is something previous council leadership should have addressed properly. King, who had not been submitting mileage logs regularly, now has been doing so. He’s posting the official document on Facebook. We’re not sure that’s necessary, especially if it’s prior to the document being turned in and approved by the monthly audit committee. His postings may be a bit of grandstanding. Regarding the public hearing, if you are for or against the ordinance, which applies to use of all city vehicles, not just the mayor’s, go to the public hearing or call your representative. Don’t just go to the social-media pages and rant.

JEERS – To crossing the line. The Montgomery County Department of Social Services’ Welfare Fraud Investigation Unit recently announced eight people are facing charges. Good job, again, to all involved in reporting or investigating welfare fraud. The charges against Vanessa L. Patrei should jump out at readers. This 30-year-old is not from Montgomery County, yet allegedly received benefits, claiming she lived in Fort Plain. Let’s all remember welfare was established by the Social Security Act of 1935 and administered by states and territories for the government to help poverty-stricken children and other dependent people. Wikipedia defines welfare as “money paid by the government to those who are in need of financial assistance, are unable to work, or whose circumstances mean the income they require for basic needs is in excess of their salary.” Some people’s definition of “unable to work” may make you shake your head, especially if you’re one of the taxpayers paying for the benefits.

CHEERS – To the Remsen School District. This fall, the Remsen School District will welcome William Crankshaw as its new superintendent and elementary school principal (one administrator serving in two positions). Bill has been an instrumental part of our local education canvas for many years. During his time here, he’s worked diligently in the Northville, Johnstown and Canajoharie school districts. We’re confident the Remsen district’s choice will prove to be good for its students.