"Who do I vote for?"
Village of Malone, Town of Malone, County Legislature
October 24, 2019
Before rushing headlong into this election, let’s stand back for a moment and take stock of what’s really happening. We are being asked to vote for candidates for 3 legislative bodies: the Village of Malone, Town of Malone, and Franklin County Legislature. I suggest you think of each of these bodies strategically, as a whole organism. By this I mean, vote with a view to making each of these legislative bodies as effective in their duties as they possibly can be.
So far, this sounds banal. Just bear with me. Thinking strategically means we must identify the most important issues confronting each of these bodies. A good place to start is here: All three have common foes. The most formidable being the State of New York, especially under the Andrew Cuomo administration. For decades, NYS has been eroding the time-honored legal principle of Municipal Home Rule. Under Gov. Cuomo, this has turned into an all-out assault.
Another enemy is the carpetbaggers trying to industrialize our rural, agricultural communities with massive wind and solar projects. A third would be the corporate forces seeking to turn the county landfill into a runaway mega-dump for downstate garbage. The fourth will surprise you. I won’t call it an enemy; I will call it problematic. I am referring to nonprofits like Citizen Advocates and St. Joe’s. (This one will require some explaining, below.)
We have internal enemies, as well, chiefly from the derelict buildings we are having a dickens of a time taking down. Mainly because the state thwarts our efforts, but also because it’s hugely expensive. As long as these continue standing, their silent message is that we have failed. The result is demoralization. Demoralization is our biggest internal enemy.
I’m not saying these are the only problems; I’m saying these are the most vexing ones which need to be, and are capable of being, addressed by these legislative bodies. When you vote, imagine you are creating a village board, town board, and county legislature that has the intelligence and courage,