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A Note From Trustee Pugh

November 13, 2015

From this week’s Gazette, reprinted with permission:

To the Editor:
Thank you to everyone that voted in last Tuesday’s election. And thank you to all of the candidates–without competitive elections, meaningful democracy is not possible. As someone who has run before, and both lost and won, I appreciate the sacrifices that the candidates have made.
Although the slate that I supported did not succeed, I do find some vindication in the results.
In 2011, Kevin Davis and I successfully campaigned to moving Village elections from March to November by referendum. We did so without the support of any political party, yet some detractors claimed that our campaign was actually a partisan conspiracy to somehow guarantee Democratic rule.
Well, the results are in and the conspiracy theorists have been decisively debunked.  Croton-on-Hudson was among the many local municipalities this year (e.g., Dobbs Ferry, Mamaroneck, Peekskill, and Newburgh) that have both a November election and a Democratic enrollment advantage, yet elected non-Democrats to lead their communities.
Special thanks to Mayor Leo Wiegman and Trustees Andy Levitt and Maria Slippen for your service to the Village and for your many accomplishments in fiscal sustainability, improved infrastructure, commercial revitalization, environmental protection, and the preservation of open space.
Finally, congratulations to this year’s victors and the Village Board’s new governing majority.  I look forward to a dynamic and productive term with my new colleagues.
Brian Pugh
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