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Letter: Hamburg voters prepared to hold leaders accountable

Hamburg voters prepared to hold leaders accountable

This letter is meant to question the comments made in Everybody’s Column on July 24 by the endorsed Democratic candidate for Hamburg Town Council, Cheryl Potter-Juda. I find it rather disturbing that she talks about the Town Council deciding about the sports complex without any kind of public referendum. She goes on to say we need to hold our leaders accountable.

I am one of a group of Hamburg town residents who recently raised and spent tens of thousands of dollars to file an Article 78 against the Town of Hamburg to overturn a rezoning of residential agricultural property bounded by Boston State Road, McKinley Parkway and Newton Road. The Supreme Court found in favor of the residents. The judge decided only on one point, and the residents were not given proper public hearing notice or an adequate public hearing.

The town’s vote to rezone the property came against recommendations of the Planning Board, Conservation Board and the town attorney. The deciding vote? Potter-Juda. How hypocritical. How much taxpayer money was wasted on outside counsel defending the town due to her vote? We voters will take her advice. We have a voice and will use it on Election Day.

Michael Welch

Hamburg

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