To the editor:
As the vice chair for the Lysander Conservative Party, I would like to first congratulate Councilor Roman Diamond and Councilor Bob Geraci on their outstanding victory on Nov. 5. I’m so proud of all of our endorsed candidates. Politics at times can get very negative and very dirty, but you all held yourselves high and never got in the mud. Councilors Geraci and Diamond, you should be very proud. I wish you two all the luck in the world.
Second, I’d like to address the three town councilors that voted on Nov. 18 to raise taxes in Lysander 36 percent this year. How dare you? I was at the board meeting on the 18th when many residents got up to speak. Every single resident asked you not to raise taxes, and you completely ignored them. You also ignored residents when the town board held a public hearing, and residents told you they didn't agree with such a historic tax hike. Not only did you not listen, but you were also rude, condescending and arrogant. Mr. Supervisor, you kept saying “this is the board's meeting”. I’m sorry John, it’s not the board's meeting, it’s the taxpayers' meeting!
I don’t believe that the residents can afford such a significant tax increase this year. When you ran for office two years ago, you promised the Conservative Party that you would not raise taxes! You lied. You are responsible for the biggest tax increase Lysander has ever seen! Councilor Reeves, you said you just wanted to catch up with the town of Van Buren. I didn't know that it was a race. If it is a race, I'd rather let them win.
I apologize to the residents of Lysander for believing and trusting in the false promise you offered us. As the bible says, “you are a wolf in a sheep’s clothing.” I promise, wholeheartedly, that I will not be supporting any of you in two years when you run for reelection. In conclusion, I’d like to ask Councilor Diamond and Councilor Geraci to remember the taxpayers, unlike the Jam Team Members. We are cheering for you!
LYSANDER CONSERVATIVE PARY