One would assume, from reading former Philipstown county legislator Barbara Scuccimarra’s letter, that she just set the world on fire for the benefit of Philipstown. Ahem, she was one of nine Republicans on the board and one would hope that she would get something accomplished. Of course, as we all know, these were the scraps that (County Executive) Odell threw her to make it appear that she was effective. Yes, about as effective as her predecessor, Vinny Tamagna, upon whose coattails and tracks she followed. Pity that there was not another transportation position or some such she be given for service rendered after her defeat at the hands of Nancy Montgomery.
She attacks Nancy Montgomery because she didn’t “go along to get along,” be a nice quiet girl and something will be thrown your way. If this statement isn’t the height of misogyny, then I don’t know what is: Nancy “needs to know what her role is.’” Then, Nancy “needs to develop better negotiating skills,” and fix “her ability to bring consensus to issues.”
That pretty much describes Scuccimarra’s tenure on the other side of the county. Keep quiet and ignore why the people of Philipstown sent her to Carmel, build consensus and receive nothing for her efforts.
Montgomery went to the county legislature to advocate for her constituents, and this Republican cabal holds tight on all their perks and doles them out to ‘good boys and girls.’ Montgomery calls things as she sees them and this Legislature and especially Odell are not wont to put up with that. If citizens want to know what happens in Carmel, open the county web site and listen to the meeting recordings, because you won’t find what they do anywhere else.
“I was on the Legislature for six successful (sic) years. . . and accomplished a great deal for Philipstown.” That’s why the voters threw her out. The accomplishments were smoke and mirrors. The senior center and the county’s dealing with the seniors is minimal and underutilized with no ‘outreach.’ Minimal use of the senior center in the Butterfield complex, drivers for elders to medical appointment and so forth. Yeah, Scuccimarra was really on top of everything.
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