Neither Reed nor town board members could give specific reasons for the drop — $1 million last year alone — but cited increasing costs and difficult financial times.This, of course, is all hogwash. The Town has been spending like drunken sailors on shore leave. . . . and it would have spent more had some Concerned Citizens not raised an uproar.
Reed, who took office in 2006. said he had known the fund balance had gone down, but hadn’t realized things were that bad.Excuses . . . And Mr. Reed will use his incompetence as an excuse to spend even more on a full time Chief Financial Officer . . . not that one will make any difference since the Town spent well into the six-figures for Mr. Basile's accounting expertise and well into the six figures for Mr. Green's legal expertise and still finds itself in this mess. And where was the Town Board in all this? Simply Rubber Stamping whatever they were told to do?
“In my years in the private sector, I always had a strong (chief financial officer),” he said. “My forte is not accounting.”
Having high-priced help at your fingertips does no good if you have no common sense, are lazy, and arrogant.
Unfortunately, the Town gets what it deserves. Until enough residents get off their butts, run for office, circulate petitions, show up at meetings and squawk, those who have something to gain by having connections with town government will place their minions into the open slots. And town government will continue to be run for the benefit of those who will profit rather than for the good of the people.