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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Letters

Acting DA Galligan's got what it takes

Oct 22, 2020

To the editor:
I can no longer stay silent on the race for Sullivan County District Attorney. Having served in this position for 28 years, and knowing both candidates well, I feel compelled to make my position public.
To properly serve as District Attorney, one must have the attributes of competency, morality, legal skill, a willingness to do what is right and not politically easy, and most importantly, to be of high moral character and integrity.
Frank LaBuda does not have these vital qualities or experience necessary to be your next District Attorney. Meagan Galligan does.
LaBuda worked in the DA's Office from January 1982 through February 1989. What I observed was his blatant duplicity and lack of integrity, loyalty and ethics in handling criminal cases for his friends. As a result I fired him.
What prompts me to speak out is that LaBuda is embellishing and deceptively glorifying his military background to gain voters support. His campaign literature and statements claim he is a “combat veteran,” “served under fire” and that he is “battle-tested.” This is pure fiction.
The reality is that LaBuda never served in any combat arms. He served as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps. In simple terms, he was a lawyer in the Army. These false statements dishonor our veterans and particularly those that actually served in harm's way.
It is crucial that voters know that LaBuda is not telling them the truth and does not have the track record or ethics to lead our law enforcement community with integrity and honor.
I am urging you, regardless of your party affiliation, to vote for Acting DA Meagan Galligan and encourage everyone you know to do the same. I know that she is the best and most qualified person to keep us safe and the person we can be most proud of to be our chief law enforcement officer.
I know what it takes to lead with integrity. Meagan Galligan has the right stuff; Frank LaBuda does not.



Steve Lungen
Mountaindale




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