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Town Needs to be a “No Spin Zone”

Town Needs to be a “No Spin Zone”

Does the practice of “politics” excuse dishonesty? Toeing the party line should never justify shading the truth, but it does in Woodbridge:

  • The Democratic head of Town Plan and Zoning writes that Republican candidate Spencer Rubin “did not read the draft Plan of Conservation and Development” when Rubin complained that it promotes dense housing at the Woodbridge Country Club (and in other neighborhoods with open land). Yet the Plan calls for the town to “Pursue development proposals…which may include higher density housing”.
  • Of the Country Club, Ellen Scalettar says, “it was the intention of the Board of Selectmen at that time in recommending the purchase that the property be developed…” Not true. Ed Sheehy wrote to voters, “I would like to set the record straight. The Board of Selectmen recognized the importance of maintaining the property as open space. It would be irresponsible for the board to allow the property to fall into the hands” of a developer.

Scalettar also says that only development will cure the Country Club’s financial mess. But she didn’t disclose that experts advised her and Town Counsel Gerry Weiner that it could be sold, protected with easements, and restored to the tax rolls (at $175,000 per year) — and even enhanced with privately developed recreational facilities. Why hide options?

Selectman Laurence Grotheer writes that the parking lot planned for Massaro Farm “is inconsistent” with the farm’s purpose. I agree. But since the town’s conservation gatekeeper — Conservation chairman Jason Morrill, appointed by Grotheer and Scalettar — endorsed the plan, who is to blame?

Spinning the truth only grows more abuse. When over one-hundred residents lawfully petitioned for a Board of Selectmen hearing on the draft Plan of Development, Gerry Weiner denied it. Denial of our right to petition — the most fundamental of Constitutional rights — is the sign of autocratic government. We should never accept smiling deceit as the status quo. Elect Cathy Wick, Joe Dey, Tony Anastasio and Maria Kayne for honest government.

Jim Urbano

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