WHY I RESIGNED FROM THE CIVIC PROGRESS PARTY AND WHY IT'S CRITICAL THAT SEA CLIFF HAS AN INDEPENDENT VOICE ON THE BOARD
Received from Dan Maddock, Sea Cliff
March 9, 2017
To the Editor
I resigned as Chair of the long established Civic Progress Party because it voted to support another candidate dictated by a sitting Mayor. I strongly disagreed with that decision and could not in good conscience ask my friends and neighbors to support their ticket.
It’s not good when Mayors continually dictate who will sit on the Village Board. The Board becomes too insular and its members are reluctant to cross the person who put them on the Board or to go against the Mayor. It’s not a good situation and it’s been going on too long.
A new party has been formed in the village, the Sea Cliff Open Government Party, and it is putting forth a very qualified candidate for Trustee in the March 21st election, one who will be an independent voice on the Board. Deborah McDermott is smart, sincere and dedicated. She will stand up for herself and for the residents of Sea Cliff.
She has been very active in the North Shore School District serving on the Legislative Advisory Committee. She was a communications specialist for 14 years at IBM. Deborah can see the big picture, but she is tenacious with details and believes in working with people to solve problems.
What has been happening in village government is not good. Sea Cliff should not be anyone’s candy store.
I urge you to vote for Deborah McDermott on March 21st at the Children’s Library and put an independent voice on the Sea Cliff Board of Trustees.