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1)  I’m struck by just how non-ideological our local elections are.  Across the nation, voters rejected rigid conservative agenda initiatives – repealing a law limiting union rights in Ohio, rejecting a crack-down in voting rights in Maine, and rejecting an anti-abortion measure in Mississippi.  Randy and others running on the Republican line won without any party ideological divisiveness as issues, thank goodness.  (And congratulations to the winners.)

2)  Despite the keen interest in this election on-line, less people voted in the Mayoral race than the last time.  The get out the vote efforts were not very effective.

3)  I’m only guessing about why people voted the way they did, but my sense is that Randy – and those other candidates riding coattails – just connected more with the people of Beacon and their immediate needs.  The people didn’t buy the argument that Gold was for smart growth and Randy wasn’t because it was untrue to start with.  And when Gold emphasized progress citing projects like the Round House, the old High School, and the theater, most people just didn’t understand how those projects applied to them. 

4) It’s a good town, and still a small town.  

 

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Comment by Gregory H Strong on November 17, 2011 at 1:48pm

I am happy with the results.

Comment by Pam W on November 16, 2011 at 10:39pm

PS - meant to say the increase that we paid in our taxes for this year, not total taxes.

Comment by Pam W on November 16, 2011 at 10:38pm

Greg, we paid our taxes in spring and fall, no escrow and we pay overall about what you say you are paying in one month.  I really think you have an issue that was not just Beacon's increase in taxes.

Comment by Gregory Richards on November 16, 2011 at 2:56pm

Pam W:  My interest rate is locked in. So that is not a cause. No other area of my mortage went up (I keep all the stubs and i compared them), the only area to increase is taxes (and yes, It is both municipal taxes and school taxes).

What many do not seem to understand is that it is the escrow. Whenever my taxes are raised I have to make up the difference in my escrow account too. This is the norm. They spread out the increase over the year and just when you get it up to the new level, it goes up again and it starts all over again.

Comment by Bud Siegel on November 16, 2011 at 11:18am

Joan, what I was referencing was that unlike the national Republican party stage, our local elections didn't swing on ideological issues such as women's right to choose, stem cell research, sex education, same sex marriage, immigration, evolution vs. creationism, collective bargaining, demonizing teachers, cops and firemen, etc.  I'm not sure what ideological disagreements you are alluding to here in Beacon.

Comment by Joan Martorano on November 16, 2011 at 8:30am

"bud siegel" wrote:  I’m struck by just how non-ideological our local elections are. ...  Randy and others running on the Republican line won without any party ideological divisiveness...

Are you kidding?

 

Comment by Pam W on November 15, 2011 at 9:55pm

I just am reading these comments after a week or so of last checking.  First, Gregory Richards, you really need to address why your mortgage went up $400 a month and you already had your taxes included in them.  For someone with a house value of $180,000, that definitely wasn't the increase, maybe the full taxes but that even seems too high.

Second, I keep hearing that Steve isn't available.  I say otherwise.  With the previous mayor, I wrote letters, left message and never once received a response from her.  Mayor Gold gave me his cell phone number and said call him, and he answered the phone.  so don't think that man wasn't working many long hours.  I feel he definitely has put in a fair amount of time.  And if people had a problem with Steve having a full time job, they shouldn't have voted for him in the last election.  .... Soon Randy will give us more time.

Comment by TC on November 15, 2011 at 1:35pm

I get the impression John Forman takes his responsibilities seriously. That's not my point at all. I'm just growing tired of a public servant who suggests vandalism of Democrat signs on private property was probably done by 'kids' (get it, kids... who can't vote and therefore have no political affiliation) but the similarly inappropriate handful of stickers affixed to some mailboxes and public signs around Main St is a despicable action that could only be done by a Republican hating Liberal (because it's not a red X, it's got Randy's name right there!).

Additionally, John closes his argument with "Randy beat Steve in all 4 Wards and 9 of the 10 election districts." So I guess that's that, then. It's battle to the death. The winner has emerged. If you don't like it, you can get out.

I stand by my assessment that John's mindset represents the approach that made Beacon's recent election disgustingly partisan. If I saw Steve or any other officials being inflammatory I'd call them out just the same.

I'm with Renee Q and all the others that think rhetoric and posturing is damaging to politics, especially in a small town like Beacon where it has absolutely no place. I expect trolling in these forums from the disaffected, misinformed, stubborn, and obstinate, but I hold anyone elected to public office to a higher standard.

But hey, I'M the one here crossing the lines of public decorum in this thread so that's the last I'll say about it.

Comment by John Forman on November 15, 2011 at 12:00pm

TC - I guess the rules are...it's OK for one side of the poltical aisle to throw the bombs as long as the other side just continues to keep quiet.  I'm not thumping my chest.  I think everyone involved in the conversation on this site knows me or something about me by now.  Some people know that I've worked very hard to Beacon's voice in the County Legislature.  I can handle the personal attacks.  But from time to time, I will respond for people to hear "the other side".  Nothing better than a small city who loves their politics.  I will do what I can for all the residents here in Beacon.  I am available by cell phone 845-554-7565 and I work here in Beacon at the Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency. 

Comment by Bud Siegel on November 15, 2011 at 11:50am

I still can't figure out what Randy would do differently than what Gold would do.  It's the same problem I had in deciding who to vote for.  Maybe some people who voted for Steve, will talk about what they are afraid of moving forward.  Then that could be addressed.

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