Sam Oliverio, on facebook. “I have to respectfully disagree with your above statement, Christine. I have made it a point to listen to all members of the community, not just the LPCA. That is why I had a letter sent to every homeowner in Lake Peekskill concerning the pump-out law. Likewise, the main reason I ran for office was that so many things were on hold that needed to be done that just weren’t being done (Zombie homes, completing the retention pond which was abandoned for 15 years, renovation of the Community Center, overseeing the beaches through-out the summer, securing the pump-house and so much more). All of those things were for the TOTAL community, and not directed by the LPCA. I have been a community member for 61 years and have always loved Lake Peekskill. I am the only seated Supervisor to make it a point to attend every District and Association meeting whenever and whereever they are held (Roaring Brook Lake, Lake Oscawana and Lake Peekskill). I love our Lake communities and really feel they deserve special attention. I feel sad you think I’m a puppet of any group or would usurp the work our citizens have done. The truth is, Lake Peekskill was long ignored by many prior administrations. It will not be ignored as long as I’m in office.”
I found this comment to be very odd. Lake Peekskill hasn’t been ignored, so much as it has been used. That doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. I would prefer LPCA meetings without the Supervisor or liaison, and more district meetings, with the Supervisor and liaison, and perhaps some of them scheduled other than Saturday AM.
The reason why I would like association meetings without the Supe or liaison is so that the organization can be an effective advocate for the community. I have been through Peter Kennedy, Steve Johnson, Gene Yetter, Bobo-O, Jackie and Sam attending meetings. The effect is merely that they advocate for whatever hair-brained scheme they have come up with of late, and don’t listen, and so no one from the community is ever heard. And like everyone else, the “things” were not for the total community, they were for a special interest group, or political payback, or the next campaign, or to feed one’s own ego.
SamO’s is an odd list of “things,” but they have been odd lists for as long as I have been around.
A survey was sent to every home, with a poorly worded question, only for the purpose of passing a bad law, so that you can put it on your campaign literature. Stop attending every association meeting, and start listening. That would be a refreshing change.
If our lake communities deserve special attention, then what about the rest of those folks out there….