THE BIG QUESTION IN SCHODACK
The decision to seek the office of Schodack Town Supervisor was made only
after serious considerations. Itwas never my goal to seek any public office,
but after 50 years of attending the majority of Town Board meetings as
what might be termed a "watchdog"; I reconsidered. It happened
rather strangely. I met a friend in town one day and he told me that with
the years of going to meetings, I was not doing my civic duty by avoiding
a Town office. I couldn't forget his message, but at the same time, I
knew the consequences. It didn't take long after being elected Town Councilman
to see how any action or decision I made would be scrutinized and at times
twisted. Even my family has been brought into the spotlight in an attempt
to discredit my role in serving the public. I can take the heat as I know
the real truth and I also know, that the people who know me, also know
what is going on. The problem is that not everyone knows me, and can easily
draw a conclusion upon hearing the spin doctors tirade.
The question I get asked now is "why do you want to stay involved
when you see what they do to you?" I'm sure many of you are also
asking the same question, if you will bear with me, I submit my response.
It was just two years ago, that I supported Eileen Natoli in her race
for Supervisor. It appeared we were of the same mind frame for "GOOD
GOVERNMENT". I was not political and don't believe in playing political
favorites, my thoughts are to do what is best for the town.
It was just one year ago, I went door to door and enthusiastically stated,
that I had worked with Eileen in the past and if elected Councilman, I
was sure we could continue to work together. Ironically, I also told several
residents, that I couldn't be on the Board and just be a "rubber
stamp". Upon being elected, I began to realize that my thought of
working together would only happen if I played the part of a rubber stamp
of approval. There have been very few times that I have not voted with
Eileen, but nothing would happen unless the Supervisor wanted it to. What
is NOW going on is, exactly what I thought we were both trying to change,
only more severe.
When it appeared that no one would challenge the Supervisor in the November
election, I felt it my duty to give the people a choice. I am not seeking
a political life or any prestige of the office. I am attempting to give
the Schodack residents the government they deserve.
The issues are pretty much as stated on my platform, which can be found
on the first page of my web-site. WWW.Raylemka.Com . Although all the
issues are important, the one I am most concerned with is, "to build
trust and harmony with all the town employees and also the citizens of
I ask that you help me in this endeavor by voting for me
on November 6th.
Raymond W. Lemka (candidate for Schodack Supervisor)
THE GREAT DEBATE THAT SCHODACK MISSED
I don't think we have heard my opponent take any public stand on the
issues that face the Schodack residents. I sent the Supervisor a registered
letter, (return signature required) encouraging a debate to give the voters
of Schodack an opportunity to learn our positions on town affairs. The
only response I received was the certified mail receipt indicating the
mail was delivered. Therefore, I submit some of the pertinent subjects
that need to be addressed.
Lets start with # 1 The Valente mining proposal. I have always been concerned
that mining is slowly taking away our hills, however; there are some areas
that it would be beneficial if they were mined. I have never heard Natoli
publicly state her position on the Valente mine. I have noticed her campaign
signs along the Valente site, which gives me a clue.
#2 The Comprehensive Master Plan. I suggested in January, that the Town
Board give a sense of direction to the committee. Supervisor Natoli commented
that, "she thought things were going just fine." Well they aren't,
they weren't then and what she appears to be doing is hoping to be on
the board and have a majority so she can control the results. Speaking
of control, the thought of her wanting to replace tax assessor Frank Curtis
with her favorite is too scary to even think of the ramifications.
#3 Supervisor Natoli seems to have a habit of not soliciting bids or competitive
pricing. Three engineering contracts were awarded this year totaling over
$100,000 without any other proposals or competitive bids as suggested
in the law. Is this any way to spend the taxpayers money?
#4 The latest news is, developers will close Red Oaks and build 74 homes
on that site. Does anyone see a connection here between Bill Powers, former
NYS Republican chairmen when Governor Pataki was elected, and Supervisor
Natoli? Would it be the developer is Bill Powers' son? Maybe someone should
also research who owns the property? This would have been a great issue
There are many more issues. I have brought the above to your attention
in an effort to inform the people. Careful consideration needs to be given
before one decides how to vote.
Please remember, I do not seek this office for myself. I know our town,
I know it's problems. I am willing to set aside two years of my retirement
to do my best to right a wrong. I seek this office for the people of Schodack.
Do you remember the first time you heard "all that glitters is not
gold?" Think about it and I ask you to help restore Schodack by voting
for me on November 6th. Thank You.
Raymond W. Lemka (candidate for Schodack Supervisor)