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Friday, August 14, 2020

Letters

It's a two-way street

Jul 2, 2020

To the editor:
As the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “You are entitled to your own opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”
Samara Ferris' letter in the June 26, 2020 edition of the Democrat is a case in point. It starts right off with a mistruth - made all the more disturbing because Ms. Ferris claims she FOILed this info and should have her facts straight. I did not call the Emergency Meeting to which she refers - that was District 4 Legislator and Public Safety Committee Chairman Nicholas Salomone.
Makes me wonder what other inaccuracies she provided to the Department of State, though to this date I have not been contacted by the State on these accusations (nor has our counsel or clerk disagreed with our procedure).
Selectively telling the truth is almost as bad as peddling mistruths, and unfortunately that's what Ms. Ferris' next point does. It's true that I have in the past texted fellow legislators about upcoming meetings and discussion items, but it is also true (yet unmentioned by her) that legislators receive agenda packets via email at least 24 hours in advance of every meeting. I cannot and will not be held responsible for their decision to not open emails or engage in the legislative process. Communication is a two-way street.
As for the monies spent on feeding our hardworking crew at the Emergency Operations Center (as much as 15-hour days during the height of this crisis), it should be noted Ms. Ferris is begrudging sandwiches, pizza and the occasional lasagna (as opposed to “unlimited”) for the very people who were on the front lines and coordinating the distribution of free meals, medical supplies and badly needed masks Countywide during a pandemic - plus the constant, sometimes overwhelming, requests for information and other forms of assistance.
This expense equated to approximately $65 per day for 15 people over the entire span - or $4.33 per person per day. That said, I made it clear to the EOC that this continued kind of expense was unsustainable, and it was halted in April.
I will also note that I personally donated nearly $7,000 to supply food pantries throughout the County, along with bringing free food to our nurses at Catskill Regional Medical Center. Can Ms. Ferris say the same amidst her judgmentalism? (And by the way, calling me a misogynist and sexist is not what I'd call “brevity.”)
Finally, yes, I do read the Democrat - every issue, twice a week, for the past 35 years.
I anticipate this will be the last time I respond to Ms. Ferris. I neither have further time nor further interest in dealing with the mistruths she represents.


Robert A. Doherty
Monticello




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