The Supervisors that are for continuing this investigation are controlled by Chairman Skowfoe and County Treasurer William Cherry who is supporting and advising this caucus. This investigation is an enormous waste of taxpayer money, Mr. Cherry took me on unmercifully in a letter to the Jefferson Republicans for supporting downsizing government, promoting better management and most importantly for supporting infrastructure improvement so the private sector can build their businesses, increase jobs and add to the tax base. Yet, Mr. Cherry supports this witch hunt.
SCHOHARIE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 7th REGULAR MEETING
AUGUST 19, 2013
The big issue was the move to reconsider the Board of Supervisor's prior decision to not take a second position on the money owed the County for the sale of the old Guilford Mills building. Taking a second position would have allowed Butternuts Beer and Ale to close on the building and get the improvements underway. The Cobleskill Partnership, Inc. respectfully urged "the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors to develop a plan to support the Guilford Mills/Butternuts Beer and Ale project." The Partnership argued that "we see some of the following as benefits of the success of Butternuts Beer and Ale: potential of 60 new jobs created, generation of tax revenue, avoidance of investing taxpayer dollars in repairing a deteriorating county owned building, potential of growth of businesses such as tourism, brewery tours, agriculture, manufacturing, hops growing along with
William Cherry, County Treasurer, convinced a majority of the Board of Supervisors to ignore the astute observation from a very knowledgeable and influential organization. The motion to reconsider taking a second position failed. There has been a running dialogue on this page concerning the ongoing investigation initiated by the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors into harassment, intimidation and bullying within County government. The Supervisors have hired an investigator and he has interviewed most of the County employees and Supervisors including many former employees. The report of the investigator is overdue. The cost is already pushing past $300,000 and will probably be considerably more. Meetings to discuss the report have been scheduled and then abruptly canceled. There has been no word of where the investigation stands. It was widely believed that the Supervisors would make some statement about the investigation at the last meeting, the Chairman said nothing. Mentioning the Super Bowl is probably not a wise thing to do after all of the outrage at the January meeting of the Board of Supervisors over a football analogy, especially since it looks like the report of the investigation is caught in its own power outage. Will it ever see the light of day? Nevertheless, for those who might have missed one of the best commercials produced for any Super Bowl below is a link to "THE FARMER". Schoharie County has lost many of our farms, but we are trying to keep some of our rural heritage. Farming is a hard life and not for everybody, but it was the backbone that made us who we are. The Court Room on the lower level of the Jefferson Town Hall was packed with an overflowing crowd as the Republican caucus to determine who would be on the ballot in November got underway. It was evident that the people had come for a purpose. The week before County Treasurer, William Cherry, had sent an angry letter to the Republican Voters in the Town accusing Supervisor Dan Singletary of orchestrating all of the actions the Board of Supervisors took by majority vote that Mr. Cherry opposed. Mr. Cherry's letter was masterful political strategy. The letter was timed to prevent an adequate response before the caucus. Mr. Singletary responds that the letter contained half truths and misrepresentations of fact all of which makes no difference now, the damage was done. Mr. Singletary lost in the caucus to Mr. Cherry's handpicked candidate, Sean Jordan.
Mr. Cherry's letter is printed in its entirety on the politics pages and may be found by clicking the "Politics" link.