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Two different standards

August 16, 2012

As a resident of the Town of Mamakating, I am disgusted with my town board and town attorney Richard Stoloff.

For years the town highway superintendent, Richard Johnson, was held unaccountable for his actions. It seems that no Highway Law 284 agreement—a written agreement with the town board detailing the roads to be paved during the year—was required, given that a FOIL request to the town clerk for a copy of such documents received the response that no such documents were available. The dates written on purchase orders for paving work indicate that they were written after the work was finished. Highway equipment appears to have been sold without a town board resolution authorizing the sale, given that another FOIL request received the response, “no record.” The town board and town attorney did not hold him accountable.

Buddy Platt, the new superintendent, has his actions scrutinized on every issue to the point where nothing is getting done. Why?

The state comptroller spent 10 weeks examining the town in March. Their report should be as telling as the recent Town of Hurley’s audit, and probably worse. Perhaps because Mr. Platt is not one of the boys. If you believe projects are not getting done around town, don’t blame Mr. Platt—look to the town board and town attorney Richard Stoloff who have hampered his ability to get anything done.

Richard W. Morris
Wurtsboro, NY