Written by Jim Tricoli, Editor of the Amhersttimes.com
New Board Members Must Stop Listening To Old Town Bosses
I have sat through almost every town board meeting for over 15 years. I’ve witnessed good town boards and those which have been demeaning to the people and ignored their needs. I sat in the auditorium and watched decent people of Amherst beg for their homes only to be ignored because they didn’t have connections with the power boys, who mainly are developers and political bosses.
To run for office you must have the guts and integrity to stand up for the people of Amherst, which includes anyone who is in the right. I have been threatened by my own party leader who warned me to keep my mouth shut. Don’t tell the people the truth of what really happens in Amherst.
I have no problem doing the right thing. It’s the only way to correct the problems caused by weak leaders and the money hungry friends of these “leaders.” It is a sickening problem which needs to be dealt with.
One man can not correct the problems of Amherst by themselves but if our Town Board in November elects 2 strong Democrats we have a shot at moving ahead on a positive path. We will be able to identify the problems of Amherst, focus on them and try to solve them.
I have seen the ugliness of what this Town Board has done to our town therefore my decision to run for the Town Board is the only choice I have to help put Amherst back on the road of honesty and a wonderful place to live again.
I know how hard it is to get on the Town Board but if serious people understand what I’ve written I must run for the Town Board.