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October 19, 2012 17:28:47 Masonville resident \ SCSD voter   All should read the letter to the editor in the Tri Town News this week,written by Patricia Smith. This should be read and a lot of thought given before all vote on the new athletic field which the school board thinks we have to have. We are now in the bottom 10% in the state, academically. I ask, which is more important in our childrens future, sports or academics? Please think long and hard before voting.
October 19, 2012 14:55:32 amazed   \"The righful owner needs to be established\" so that you have someone to hold liable is what you mean. Its unbelievable that just a simple Thank you to those that repaired the bridge wasnt suffient...instead its a huge deal of who is responsible, who can be sued. If noone is reponsible..you walk across the bridge at your own risk...as it should be!!!!
October 19, 2012 14:44:27 Observer   Reading over the minutes of Town Board Meetings from the past few years I think there is someone who likes to play "Devils Advocate" at Town Board meetings and on this site. That is fine as long as it does not get personal or vindictive. I certainly hope no one is doing it just because they like the controversy it causes? If they are doing it because they want the best for our community or makeing sure things are above board that is great but for any personal reasons that is wrong.
October 19, 2012 14:30:24 Just interested   OH OH someone bringing up the Hatch Act. That can really open a can of worms. U. S. Office of Special Counsel can be really nasty when they so want to be!!
October 19, 2012 13:58:15 cocerned   MIKE in reference to the hold harmless agreement who is considered to be the legal owner of this bridge? who is this agreement with? someone has to claim ownership to it if it a private. who pays the liability ins.? i think as it stands this is a accident waiting for something to happen. the rightful owner must be established .
October 19, 2012 11:43:59 Observer   Legal - Can your tell me when the Town Board took action to abandon and remove the Church Street Bridge? It must have been quite some time ago as the bridge has been closed for a number of years. I have minutes from town meetings for several years back and could not find anything in them pertaining to the bridge. My understanding is that some hiking association uses the bridge as part of a hiking trail and actually paid for the materials to repair it. It probably falls under the "use at your own risk" policy the same as any hiking trail would. But I am not a lawyer so I really do not know. Personally I think Mr. Barnes and his crew done a great job and kept the charm of the old bridge. Residents of the street do not have to worry about traffic unless foot traffic bothers them. I remember many years ago I used Church Street as a short cut to 206 and then to Beach Hill coming from home to the Scintilla and then back home.
October 19, 2012 11:06:52 Mike Spaccaforno   LEGAL?,..... All who worked on the bridge signed a Hold Harmless Agreement releasing The Town or anyone connected to The Town of any financial or legal responsibility. It was done at their own risk and with no pay. It was great to see everyone involved come together to accomplish this repair. It shows that there is still a great amount of pride in this town. Many thanks to all involved.
October 19, 2012 09:51:01 local resident   legal? You can not be a forever Masonville resident or you would be pleased to see the community come together for a project such as this one!
October 19, 2012 07:15:39 What Legal?   I can only think of one person in Town that would make a legal issue over anything to do with the community coming together to fix the bridge! I guess to good deed goes unpunished! It is just a shame to see someone that comes to meeting after meeting who only wants bad news and bad things for the Town!
October 19, 2012 04:41:10 what?   Great article in the Walton Reporter on the bridge! Great to see there are still good people in the world and many of them live in our small town of Masonville.Thanks everybody who helped, not just for improving the bridge, but for being an inspiration for our other local communities to do great things also!
October 18, 2012 23:45:25 legal?   has anyone checked the names on the ballot agaist the "Hatch Act" ? I don't think so! As far as the bridge, nice idea but the bridge was per town movement to be removed. anyone who touches it for any reason is accepting personal liabilty for any injury, fautlty work etc as well as violating town action! whois paying for the Person(s) who fall off the bridge?
October 18, 2012 12:49:22 resident of masonville   Nice turnout for budget workshop, nice to see the interest in our town.
October 17, 2012 22:07:46 bertimouse   Did anyone catch the US Senator Debate tonight? Gillibrand is who were voting for because 1.good answers.2.good history here.3.better educated.4.more experienced.5.more local.6.younger & looks better, ha ha.
October 17, 2012 10:34:29 Denis Burpoe dburpoe@yahoo.com Observer I agree with you on my statement on how to represent all the pepole of Masonville.I should have been more descridtive on the statement. There is a process that i would use to work with the rest of the Town Council Mmembers to resolve any issue's concerns even unfunded mandates.In no particular order I would determine what is the burden to the tax payers then what is my responsibilty as a council member is. Also what is the responsibilty off the Town? Use every resource available tome to come with a decision to help resolve whatever the issue might be.I would put my input to thr rest of the Council listen to their opinions and debate if necessary.Come up with a decision that is best for the Town of Masonville.But again the procees always has to be what is good for all of Masonville. If you have read my post from 8-7-12 you will see thatI stated that as a democracy we cannot and will not satisfy all. But thru the process and using all the resources available we will be able to make a good clear educated decision that more than likely not satisfy all the people of Masonville. But thru the process we will make the right decision. I am sure that there will be decisions that I will not be fond of but will stand behind because I did my due diligence. It only matters if I am elected. Please write in Denis Burpoe on November 6. Observer thank you again.
October 16, 2012 10:49:10 voter   budget workshop 10/17/12 7:30
October 16, 2012 09:54:28 voter   when is the budget work shop scheduled
October 15, 2012 23:28:02 bertimouse   IN CASE YALL FORGOT: THIS meeting will be held This Friday 10/19 from 6pm-8pm at the TOM Town Hall. Come out and speak with your current representatives regarding their future vision for our Town. Cool.
October 15, 2012 21:59:51 tommy klehr tklehr@yahoo.com Dear \"voter\", As far as I know, nobody \"ordered\" the Church Street bridge to be repaired. It was discussed at the town council meeting a few months ago and planned to be fixed in spring 2013. I asked to have it done sooner for several reasons: people walk around our only block in the evenings; kids ride their bikes and families push strollers across it; the Finger Lakes Walking Trail Conference use it as part of their trail; Halloween is coming and trick-or-treaters will be walking on it. It is unsafe and yet people still use it. I should say, it was unsafe. The Finger Lakes Walking Trail Conference kindly donated the funds necessary for the wood. Dave Barnes donated the services of his crew at Masonville Stone to remove the rotten boards and install the new wood. The cost to the town so far? Nothing. You raise a good question: who is going to pay for its upkeep? Who paid for its upkeep since the last time the wood was replaced? Judging from the holes and weak spots, I would guess that nobody has paid for its upkeep in a long time. Who owns the bridge? I don\'t know. If I had to guess, I would say the town owns it, since it was part of a town road. To be honest with you, I don\'t really care who owns it. What matters is that people in this town worked together to improve the quality of life here. If you want to blame someone for this, then feel free to blame me. Blame me all you like. Mr. Barnes\'s crew did a fantastic job. It will last a lot longer than the previous bridge deck. You should come by and check it out. Feel free to stop by my house and I\'ll show you pictures of the bridge as it existed before this past Saturday. I think you\'ll agree with me.
October 15, 2012 21:39:10 bertimouse   Thanks Craig.
October 15, 2012 21:35:41 Observer   RE: Replanking the bridge on Church Street. As Clare Boothe Luce said, "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished."
October 15, 2012 21:03:40 Craig DuMond   Your Republican incumbent candidates are: Mike Spaccaforno for Town Supervisor, Craig DuMond for Councilman and Steve Roff for Councilman. Mr. Roff is a registered Conservative also being endorsed by the committee.
October 15, 2012 20:50:02 Craig DuMond   The Masonville Republican Committee has invited all Townspeople and ALL voters, regardless of political affiliation, to a meet and greet of our Republican incumbent board members. The meeting will be held this Friday 10/19 from 6pm-8pm at the Masonville Town Hall. Come out and speak with your current representatives regarding their future vision for our Town.
October 15, 2012 20:10:01 voter   who in the he-- ordered the church street bridge to be rebuilt . as a long resident i was always told that the bridge was closed by the state because it was not structually sound . who ownes it ? who is going to pay for its up keep? did the town board approve this ? who! who!
October 15, 2012 19:08:45 just me   Did anyone else receive a meet and greet invitation today
October 15, 2012 19:05:31 a resident   When is the town budget meeting?
October 15, 2012 18:38:28 bertimouse   Observer: dont see any class clash here. Also a voter: your comment about-Well being than Drilling-was such an ironic oxymoron just had to laugh,sorry mean no disrespect neighbor and Fear Not. We all can vote the way we want to so lets just all do that and see how the chips fly.Life here in the TOM will go on as it always has,you betcha. :) Gotta feeling about this folks,is all...Nothing is going to change our World so yall should just Relax and Vote.So long as We All Care about what happens in the TOM and the USA,we will Always be Ok.Everyone has a part in this not just those who speak here.
October 15, 2012 18:30:59 Observer   Mormon Hallow Farm - Yes, I know that but Mr. Burpoe mentioned in his post that someone asked about his stand on that issue and he stated he was for electing said office. I also said I agreed with him. I remember a couple years back when this issue came up after our Superintendent was tragically killed.
October 15, 2012 18:03:09 Mormon Hollow Farm   The highway superintendent is an elected position in the town of Masonville.
October 15, 2012 17:27:12 Observer   To the best of my knowledge I have never met Mr. Denis Burpo but while he may be sincere in his proclamation of representing "ALL" the people of Masonville that is an impossibility. He most certainly will have and has different views and ambitions for the town than some other people may have. In order to represent "ALL" the people of Masonville he would have to be in agreement with every point of view and that I doubt. One thing he did mention that I do agree with is his stand on electing the road Superintendent. I do not believe in eliminating any elected office. It does not appear at this time the election is going to bring about any drastic changes in Masonville but it behooves all us voters to make ourselves familiar with every issue. Upsets have happened in elections and I fear an upset in this election would spell many problems in the near and far future of this town. This town is right on the edge of a class clash and that would be disastrous. Nothing is worse for a town than the "haves" against the "have nots".
October 15, 2012 16:17:30 Denis Burpoe dburpoe@yahoo.com I would like to thank everyone who emailed me with questions: I hope that I articulated myself to ensure your write in vote on November 6. A lot of questions had to do with the moratorium to change the zoning laws. I beleive that New York state has not completed their studies and provided guidance for permitting and requirements that must be adhered to at a local level. Also a moratorium can be challanged and come at a substantial cost to our community and we would have to expend substantial resources to defend the law. I also had questions about having the Highway Supertendent appointed instead of elected. I disagreed with this as I beleive that the voters would lose their voice with respect to highway services,But I think as a board member the board should have input on highway services as if I am correct it takes over 23 % of our town budget. At the same time I am a firm believer in our towns agricultural, farm lands and Bluestone mining and they will sustain our natural resources and preserve our rural identity. I also had questions on what I would do as a board member; first I would attend to the business of the town and be active in any committe that I was assigned. I would give moral and professional support to our town Supervisor to help insure his/her goals for the town are met. I will provide proper financial oversite and assist in devolping the annual budget. ensure legal and ethical integrity and work toward legal standards and ethical norms. And my number one responsibilty would be to enhance the boards public standing and clearly articulate our goals and accomplishments as to garner support from the community. Again thank you for the emails and please Write in Denis Burpoe as your Member of Council for the town of Masonville and please I will represent ALL the PEOPLE of MASONVILLE.
October 15, 2012 15:03:09 concerned   i hear that there will be a meet the candidate party at the town hall sponsored by the Republican Party .does any know the date ? can anyone come ? are tea party members invited? will there be a debate?
October 15, 2012 12:25:43 Old timer   HEY! anybody seen the big bad bear?
October 15, 2012 10:32:02 Mormon Hollow Farm   Thanks to Dave Barnes and crew for the new bridge deck they installed over the weekend on Church St. also a thank you to Masonville Stone for the bluestone carving they donated to the town, it is on display at the town hall.
October 15, 2012 09:51:53 TX-1   HEY!!! thats a great idea,ALL you can eat for 9.99 , sounds good
October 15, 2012 09:10:06 HOW ABOUT THIS   WE SHALL KNOCK DOWN THAT EYE SORE BARN ON RT 8 S/B and BUILT A GOLDEN CORRAL RESTAURANT. ????? YOU KNOW HOW MUCH TAXES MV AND DEL.COUNTY WOULD Get, ??? LETS Think about this. ???
October 15, 2012 07:54:12 also a voter   voter too, thank you for supporting our town board I feel it is very important to have people represent us from different walks of life and also to know that there is a lot more to Masonville's well being than drilling.
October 14, 2012 22:55:54 Voter Too!   Dear Dont Know Why I vote, by NYS Town Law, the Supervisor is the chief officer of the Town and is in charge of each Town Board meeting. This is why traditionally, he or she is the person who answers most questions. However, I noticed that in Masonville the board is made up of a broad range of individuals; male, female, business leaders, farmers, etc. It would appear to be that all of our current Town Board members have opinions and I have personally observed them speak out and voice their opinions and concerns. I like that our board is made up of people from different backgrounds and expertise. I dont know if the previous Supervisor (Mr. DuMond) set it up that way but if he did I think it was a wise decision, instead of having a bunch of bobble heads all holding hands and agreeing on everything. It appears to me that this separates our current Town Board from the Masonville 1st group. Masonville 1st seems to only have one agenda (fracking, moratoriums, land use regulations)and they do not think independently. Another reason why I plan to vote our incumbents back into office!
October 13, 2012 19:02:55 Observer   Most members of small town boards are not professional politicians. They usually are elected to the office based on popularity or familiarity not ability. Yes, I do agree that most of the time at board meetings, not just this town, one person (generally the supervisor) does most of the talking. Many times this is due to the fact the disagreements or non-understanding on the part of the board members has been hashed out over the preceeding month. From experience I know that most of the average board members of these small town do not and have not kept up with all the laws, rules, state mandates, etc. like the Supervisor may have; thus input from them at meetings is generally limited. Not to say that some people do not tend to dominate meetings. That is when the rest of the board should insist on speaking up. I know in my case it took several meetings and a personal conversation with the supervisor of the town before he understood that at least I would insist on having my say at meetings.
October 13, 2012 15:45:17 Jeri Brayman, town council member   The application for absentee votes must either be personally delivered to your county board of elections no later than the day before the election or postmarked by a governmental postal service not later than the 7th day before election day. The ballot itself must either be personally delivered to the board of elections no later than the close of polls on election day or postmarked by a governmental postal service not later than the day before the election and received no later than the 7th day after the election. Hope this explains how absentee votes work, these are the directions on ballot application.
October 13, 2012 15:18:30 what?   What mess? Please elaborate.I didn't know the town was in a mess. The state of NY, and our Country on the other hand are in a terrible mess.
October 13, 2012 13:11:08 Don't know why I vote   What is a traditional town board look like, one person answering all the questions. The rest just nodding in agreement.That is what got us in this mess.
October 13, 2012 12:40:25 EYE SORE   MV shall make that lady with those chickens and live stock on rt 8. on south bound to knock down that eye sore barn which is a eye sore and un safe and is not good MV.
October 13, 2012 11:25:34 Denis Burpoe dburpoe@yahoo.com All the residents who picked up your Absentee Ballots please write in Denis Burpoe as a write in Canditate for Member of Council. I will represent all the people of Masonville. Please email me and I will be glad to let you know where I stand with fracking,town infrastructure, taxes, as well as the responsibilty of a Council member Again follow instruction # 3 mon your ballot and vote for a Candidate that has no Agenda or alliances to the sitting board and who will work for ALL OF MASONVILLE. Thank you and I hope we all have a safe enjoyable holiday season.
October 13, 2012 11:14:03 what!   45 minutes left to pick up your absentee ballot in Delhi.
October 13, 2012 10:34:12 Jeri Brayman   Kids-- Free pumpkins---stop at Brayman residence on Mormon Hollow Rd.
October 13, 2012 10:08:00 Mormon Hollow Farm   Anyone needing an absentee voting application please contact Jeri Brayman at 265-3769 leave a message and I will get back to you for further information so one can be mailed.
October 13, 2012 01:54:32 what?   Sidney Football won again on their dilapidated unplayable field 5-2 overall, hmmm,.
October 12, 2012 19:31:32 resident of masonville   Who is the current dog control person? Is there a phone number to reach them?
October 12, 2012 11:39:41 Observer   Reasonable - Hear!! Hear!!
October 12, 2012 08:13:23 Whatever.   Does it mean that the Little's are Little landowners
October 12, 2012 06:51:42 Reasonable   New York is on a fast track toward total fianancial collapse. We have no money but we continue to come with more entitlement programs every day...we have no money but we advertise for people to come out and sign up for these programs...we have no money but we now have 2 generations of folks who will never work and have become totally dependent on the welfare system, their dignity robbed by the same individuals that claim to want to help them...we have no money but we issue free cell phones, free cars, big screen TVs, unlimited health care with no co-pays and at the same time lay off public employees because we have no money. Obama could learn a few tricks from Prince Andrew, both socialists that dont even have a fundemental knowledge on how the economy really works. Masonville is not the only critical election this year...its been like watching a train wreck in slow motion, both on the State and Federal levels. Lets not watch it a 3rd time on our local Town level...
October 11, 2012 23:20:34 what?   Just re-read it on the official site, not 'media' but the Tax Foundation,(a non-partisan, non-profit research organization that has monitored tax policy at the federal, state and local levels since 1937.)." New York slid past New Jersey for the bottom spot by having the worst individual income tax, the sixth-worst unemployment insurance taxes, and the sixth-worst property taxes."
October 11, 2012 23:13:37 what?   For which issue Berti? If it is NY being the worst for Business, that would be 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index according the Tax Foundation, in the U S of A. In the order of the states that have the "business-friendliest" tax climates, NY now ranks 50th, 0 from the bottom. Of the BOTTOM ten states where jobs are not being created, welfare is, unemployment is high, are all Democrat controlled states, or have been for a long time.
October 11, 2012 20:16:26 bertimouse   Would like to see where your Sources are from,What? Lots of Folks say lots of things. If you trust any reporting Media today-without them quoting a Source? -Its just them speaking their own opinions,LOL! Theres Way Too Much Media Hype and Spin these days, Especially During Major Elections: whether its local,regional or National. They all are just doing their jobs-to get their ratings up. They dont care about anyone but themselves and that. They(the Spin Doctors&Media Moguls)should leave us all alone to decide for ourselves;based on our own opinions&research of what we hear & see from all of the political candidates. Yah right,what? It would be interesting to see how much money gets funneled from the TV,etc.networks to the various political campaigns and,why isnt that transparent? Because the media folks dont want us to know stuff like that. Why?Because we would all know how Dirty the Political Game(and It Is All A Game)Is. No Party is immune. Theyre all Crooks. They All make "back-room" deals both locally,regionally and nationally. In Any Election These Days whether Locally,Regionally or Nationally,all you Have to Decide on Who To Vote For is:1.Whos the Least Crook? 2.Whos gonna Help Me&My Cares The Most? Sad to Say but that appears to be our Reality in 2012.
October 11, 2012 19:39:59 bertimouse   Bravo Kendal.
October 11, 2012 15:02:09 kendal   Just to be CLEAR. This is NOT the town junk clean up day which happens (or not) in Spring.
October 11, 2012 14:59:58 kendal   Masonville's Meet up & clean up VOLUNTEER DAY is Saturday, October 20th, 9am @the Four Corners. This is an opportunity to get together with your neighbors and spruce up Masonville. We'll be picking up litter, cleaning sidewalks, and planting flower bulbs, so please wear good shoes and bright clothing. Gloves, trowels, flat head shovels and smiles are welcome!
October 11, 2012 08:52:52 tax payer   Hope all remember to vote at school, also you can call district office and they will mail form for absentee ballots.
October 11, 2012 04:28:19 what?   Berti, did you know New York switched places this year with New Jersey to become the state ranked as having the worst business tax climate in the United States.New York ranks 50th in the individual tax index rank, and 45th in the unemployment insurance tax rank and property tax rank. New York (50th), New Jersey (49th), and California (48th). Of the BOTTOM ten, it's kind of funny that almost all these states are Democratic controlled, or had been for a long time.
October 11, 2012 04:19:16 what?   I agree,Observer! But can you imagine telling your neighbor he can't cut the mature trees on their property they pay tax on because it will deplete the oxygen supply? Do we still drive cars?? I just wish they would get the chemicals out of the water, and I don't believe it is just a little "fabric softener".
October 11, 2012 04:12:07 what?   I haven't seen it up close, but the unusable, 10yr old football field is still in use, lit right up last weekend again. Two weeks ago they played on it after a full day of rain!
October 10, 2012 20:19:08 Voter Too!   It was nice to wake up and see the signs put up from the incumbent Town Board candidates. I hope they do more to get their traditional values message out to the voters. We do not need radical changes in Masonville...I am comfortable with the way business is done and the Board's traditional vision for the Town.
October 10, 2012 20:17:40 bertimouse   New York States economy is skewered by having "wall street" ie: the largest banks and brokers in this country: as one of our err, businesses. It would be interesting if you transplanted that to Nebraska or any other state in the Union and then see what their economy numbers would add up to. Our Housing industry is UP, along with the rest of the country...good sign.
October 10, 2012 19:48:38 Observer   No pun or insult intended. For all I know there might be someone in Masonville named Small! Or even Landowner LOL !
October 10, 2012 18:50:33 R. Little   Observer, please use "Mr. Small landowner" instead of "Mr. Little Landowner". I am sure you weren't aware that there is a family here in Masonville with the name Little. Thank you.
October 10, 2012 18:38:03 SCSD vote Tues. Oct 30 2012 7am-8pm   SCSD - Propositions 7.7 million capital project & District capital reserve of 1.5 million to help fund future needs!! Vote: October 30 2012 7am - 8am Projects: auditorium upgrades $600,000. athletic field $3,000,000. new boilers & ADA issues $2.1 million. District up-front funds from Reserve: 1.5 million. State EXCEL fund $321,668. district borrowed from Bond 5.8 million. 15yr $552,250 per yr. State aid rec'd annually $441,500. LOCAL COST $115,000 annually. Cap Reserve fund up to 1.5 million for 10yrs. $$ to be used for future maintance
October 10, 2012 17:17:43 Observer   One thing I have noted missing in all the rhetoric about drilling or not drilling is this: If Mr. Big Landowner living next to Mr. Little Landowner, who is not in line to make the big bucks that Mr Big Land Owner is in line to make, allows drilling on his land and it turns out that the drilling ruins Mr Little Landowner's property, i.e. Water etc. Is Mr Big Landowner willing to buy Mr. Little Landowner out seeing as his property is now unlivable?
October 10, 2012 17:13:04 good idea   Hopefully NY will see this someday,even Masonville.
October 10, 2012 16:05:53 what?   North Dakota, behind strong oil and gas development, has seen its economy expand while unemployment has remained low. Revenue was so great in North Dakota due to natural gas development, there was such a surplus in tax money that there was a push to abolish property taxes in the state.
October 10, 2012 15:57:40 what?   I hope my neighbors don't allow drilling on them, I'm still not convinced the chemicals in the frack water is safe. Zoning will affect all our TRADITIONAL Masonville industries, such as logging and bluestone quarrying, Zoning will NOT be beneficial to Masonville as far as making a living on what we have to offer goes. $BILLIONS$ have been made in other states, states that are the ONLY ones adding jobs in Obama's economy. If it wasn't for the states and towns that are taking advantage of what this country has to offer in natural resources unemployment under Obama would be much worse.
October 10, 2012 12:34:07 concerned voter   Mr. Beards- no one said you were not intelligent people, all that was said was that of all the meetings your group has attended, no one speaks of anything at all except drilling. There must be something else that concerns you with our town. Also, we are also educated and hard working people that have earned our living in and around Masonville, and some of us have come from downstate and are still concerned about other issues on a day to day basis. There was no insult intended, just food for thought. Please remember that life will go on once this drilling issue in NYS is settled, and it will take the entire state to make the decision, not just Masonville (yes, others in the state feel as your group does)
October 10, 2012 12:26:54 Denis Burpoe   Pennsylvania has approved the first natural gas power plant using the gas from the Marcellus Shale. What a novel concept wonder what their electric bills would be now that they do not have to buy resources from another Country Please Vote for Denis Burpoe as your write in Candidate on election day. He will Support and represent all the people of Masonville. ie: I am not a member of Masonville 1st. I did walk along side of the People of Masonville that fought to save our school.
October 10, 2012 11:58:23 Robert Beards   Just thinking? If you recall, when the school closing was the overwhelmingly important main issue, that's the issue the candidates ran on. It's taken for granted that normal day to day town activity and ongoing town priorities are expected to be attended to when one is in office. Why do you describe Masonville 1st's candidates as potentially so foolishly derelict of office, when their all written statements indicate they are not such simple-minded people?
October 10, 2012 10:45:02 just thinking   Just hope that all remember that there is a lot more to running a town than gas drilling issues. If we live our lives with "what if " we would not go outside and do any thing with the fear of being hit by a car and dieing. There are a lot of, what if's, with gas drilling but with other things also. If Masonville 1st takes on the town board, we will not have to worry about going to work next winter, because the town crew will be out trying to figure out how to stop drilling instead of plowing roads. Really, Masonville 1st ,there is more to life and we , here in Masonville have shown it for the past 200 years! The current town board has all town issues as a priority.
October 09, 2012 23:24:26 bertimouse   dont bet on it town resident. Seems like the Times They Are A Changing. Like a Duck on Water; just let it roll off your back. :)
October 09, 2012 23:07:54 bertimouse   Yup. From what you can tell. Might be what others can though eh? just saying. Haven't decided here yet. Thanks for your comments neighbor - food for thought to chew on.
October 09, 2012 20:58:42 Reasonable   From what I can tell (I have atended MANY board meetings) this election is about us continuing to live a lifesyle free of Town Board intrusions, regulations, etc versus moving toward zoning, moritoriums, land use regulations, etc. Even though the spokeperson of Masonville 1st (Marie Sroka) is inbending (wont even conside others opinions)is her position regarding moritoriums, none of the other Masonville 1st candidates stop her, slow her down or speak out against her; which leads me to believ they share her views and opinions regarding the future of Masonville. The Masonville 1st Supervisor candidate has yet to attend one board meeting (there are now more leading up to the election) to show a vested interest in the position. I have said it before and I will say it again, I am voting for the incumbants on the board because they are very clear regarding their positions on opposing moritoriums, zoning, land use regs,etc. I may not agree with them all the time (and I dont and have spoken publicly about it) however they all share a common thread regarding our freedoms and that is good enough for my vote!
October 08, 2012 11:07:02 just another voter   maybe Masonville 1st needs a new spokesperson and more people could understand their thoughts.
October 08, 2012 09:42:59 George Denys   Just an observation, not all Masonville First folks are of the same mind. You should, and have a responsibility to, find out each of their positions. You might be surprised.
October 08, 2012 09:19:38 voter   good job, resident of masonville!
October 07, 2012 11:15:56 resident of masonville   resident, I could not agree with you more, Marie is a very obnoxious, loud person and that is what the council does not need. She and the other Masonville 1st show no interest in our town except gas drilling. Not that this is not important but will probably not happen for a long time. Until then do we forget our roads, budget, town highway dept. issues and everything else????
October 07, 2012 05:42:47 resident   town resident there is a differnence between sitiing down a listening and brutaly forcing your opinion on everyone and condeming tye people for not agreeing.I saw the look in her eyes she scared me.Denis was right he has my vote.
October 06, 2012 16:16:05 OLD TIMER   WHATS WITH SHEARS RD,I SEEN A LOT OF TRAFFIC GOING UP AND DOWN LATELY.A TOLL SHOULD BE INSTALL AT THE CROSS ROAD,TO RISE MONEY SO THAT TAXES WONT HAVE TO BE RISE AND GET SHEARS RD PAVED.AT NEXT TOWN MEETING LETS PUSH FOR IT!!
October 06, 2012 12:00:43 town resident   Looks like all has settled down from last council meeting, hopefully by next month if we have another guest speaker all of our audience will set quietly and respect the board members as well as the speaker. Also the election will be over and that may quiet some down.
October 05, 2012 10:10:29 Observer   I am sure that over the years many candidates for office in Masonville have visited residents. But in the 11 or so years I have lived within the boundries of Masonville I have not received a visit from a candidate with the exception I mentioned. And, George Dnys may have stopped by the first time he ran for the board. I do not really recall. What I am trying to say is this: Maybe the "local" candidates are passing up an opportunity to clarify their opposition to the other group. Most of these small towns live very much in the past. Political office candidates run on the fact "everyone knows me and loves me so they will vote for me" mentality. Or elections were pretty much based on the power the candidate holds in or over the community. Those days are rapidly drawing to a close. I vividly recall attending a town board meeting (not this town) where a discussion of a subject came up and the Town Supervisior was against the proposal. I quote what he said, " I do not give a D a m n what the public wants. I do not want it and it will not happen.". The board and public accepted it without a whimper. Why? Because the supervisor was the power center of the town.
October 05, 2012 10:03:47 a concern neighbor   So when they are going to put a traffic light on shears rd by the 4 ways. thats a very busy 4 ways. very dangerous .... ??? by the way seen a hunter this morning pulling a big buck atleast a 12 ptr.out of the statelands on shears road. BIG DEER........Nice RACK..
October 05, 2012 04:37:44 what?   berti, Observer stated that "Maybe the "locals" can learn something from the "downstaters"", being the 'controversial' 'Masonville First' group visited his house and let him know their platform. This isn't anything 'new', the people running for election, re-election could have learned this from longtime TOM Supervisor Jack Thomas who got thrown under the bus after the school was closed.
October 04, 2012 22:13:17 bertimouse   What?s your point with the \"starting this\" comment? Starting What what?
October 04, 2012 21:51:30 what?   FYI, Observer our past elected Conservative Supervisor Jack Thomas visited our house every election. Thomas served on the county board from 1978 to 2005. The Liberal "downstaters" didn't start this.
October 04, 2012 19:21:37 bertimouse   well spoken and well agreed upon, Observer. Hear Here TOM! :)
October 04, 2012 17:15:04 Observer   I note that Tom Shepstone was the speaker at the meeting. I thought everyone was aware he is a shill for the gas industry. I told him so to his face. Not that there is anything wrong with taking that stand but he should be upfront and above the table on that subject.
October 04, 2012 16:55:24 Observer   I will say the Masonville First group is the very first candidates for any town office that has made an attempt to visit prospective voters and explain their platform. I was totally shocked when several of them stopped by my home and chatted with me. Over the years I have not even spoken to but one or two board members let alone stopping at my home. I know some by sight from having been at Town Board meetings but never outside that. Maybe the "locals" can learn something from the "downstaters".
October 04, 2012 15:02:52 Reasonable   Grumpy, our Supervisor, Mr. Spaccaforno, is AGAINST a moratorium at this point as is the rest of board at this point. The Board wants to wait and see what the State develops for regulations first, as until we know what we are dealing with, we will not know how to responsibly regulate it and protect the Town and it\'s people. This is a very simple, common sense approach and I support the Board in their courage by not bending to the political pressure of the minority, Marie Sroka and the rest of the Masonville 1st crowd. To try and plan for something we do not know anything about is like planning for the next invasion of aliens!!!
October 04, 2012 13:46:45 Denis Burpoe dburpoe@yahoo.com Haven\'t read the board in awhile lot going on. I was at the meeting last night was taken back by vicious attack on the guest speaker the board and the People of Masonville by Marie. I conduct project meeting weekly for the State of New york to resolve thousands some times hunderds of thousands of dollars of conflicts for the State Construction Fund and beleive me we do not agreee but we are civil and respectful of others and thier opinions. I can now see why the board has become frustrated with masonville first. Marie Asked a question I thought that the response was clearly thought out and hit all the points of her question, I do not beleive Marie even heard the response and went ballastic on the Speaker and the Board.Not good business for some who wants to represent all the people of Masonville. Now I do as your board member I will represent, Debate and solve issues that arise weather daily, weekly, monthly or hourly this is what I do. I will not sit back and watch this happen if elected. Please I will be running as a write in canidate for Town Councilman and it would be a great honer to serve a community that has shown nothing but respect and kindness for the last 26 years, Thank you I have been and will be campaining up to election please call me with any questions I\"m in the phone book same #for 25 years.
October 04, 2012 13:32:52 Grumpy Ernst Keidel CDR.Keidel@gmail.com Alas, a loud and vociferous meeting, last night. It was led off by Tom Shepstone, a guest speaker who sought to enlighten us to the benefits and consequences of fracking. During "Floor Time" the meeting quickly disintegrated into shouting and flaring tempers. To frack or not to frack remains the question. I think Mr. Spaccaforno has the right idea wanting a moratorium so we can better see what\'s what.
October 04, 2012 12:58:34 attends meetings   Mr. Jackson, great job, it is about time someone spoke up and tried to get some order to our meetings. I have no idea why M.Soraka would speak the way she does at meetings, not a good impression for a council candidate. Maybe where she comes from that is how things are done but not in Masonville, we do like respect, even if she thinks that she is better than the rest of us.
October 04, 2012 11:54:42 another voter   Just Me, Could not agree with you more. Also, the man running for supervisor of our town, never even shows for meetings, I would say someone has talked him into running and he really has no desire too. Maybe Masonville 1st are really showing their true colors and many people are starting to see how they really feel about Masonville. Seems to be their way or nothing, also seems they think nothing but drilling, you think the roads are bad now, wait and see how things would be if they were ever elected! I have a lot of faith in our residents and feel they can see that the existing board is for the better of Masonville. Hope all get out and vote for current council members.
October 04, 2012 11:22:38 Just me   I was appalled last night at the obnoxiousness of one that is running for a seat on Masonville Town Board. She should be ashamed of herself for treating the Board and a Guest speaker as she did. Maybe downstate where she and her attitude came from she can treat people like that..but not in my town! She will not have my vote. Kudos to Mr Jackson!!!
October 04, 2012 08:30:26 resident   The Town Board already appointed Mike Ellis he will do a great Job.
October 04, 2012 08:19:40 MV Resident   Lee for dog catcher!!!!!
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