Elizabethtown The Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors wants a little decorum.
Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas said that while he appreciates debate over the potential sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home, some of the mud-slinging had to stop.
Douglas spoke to the members of the board and those in the audience, saying he felt personal attacks were not helping the dialogue of a very serious matter.
“To say that we do not care for our seniors, veterans or communities is just plain wrong,” Douglas said. “Everyone in your communities knows what you do and how hard you work for them. I do not think that the personal attacks are appropriate. To label someone on this board based on how they vote is ludicrous. All of the personal attacks are wrong.”
Douglas also had harsh words for a guest viewpoint printed in the Valley News, written by Barbara Paye of Willsboro.
“To say that we do not answer e-mails or respond to the needs of our constituents is wrong,” Douglas said in response to a statement by Paye. “I am hearing from them daily. I have answered every e-mail and every phone call.”
Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava added that it would be nice to also hold public hearings on the metter before a final vote was cast.
“I think that it is only fair that we hear from our constituents,” Scozzafava said. “Not only have all the other counties that have gone through this had public hearings, but they have held them at different sites within the county.”
Douglas also took exception with another part of the letter by Paye:
“If you all vote to sell the Nursing home can we expect that the county salaries of every Essex County Supervisor and the County Manager will decrease by the proportion of the no longer present Horace Nye Budget since it will no longer be a concern to you or part of your responsibility that you get paid for overseeing?”