Tomorrow is Accountability Day.
A day of reckoning.
The day voters get to decide how Amherst will shape up in the next four years.
Our message, to stop the unchecked commercial development and incursion into residential areas has resonated throughout the Town and the region. And as you can see if you read the paper, all eyes are on Amherst and what occurs tomorrow.
You have all come to meetings and been flicked off, ignored and dismissed as an insular group of rabble-rousers. You have all bought RED shirts, scarfs, hats and sweaters. Many of you have, after a deep breath, marched up to the microphone in Town Hall and spoken clearly and passionately about our neighborhood, to be met with silence and blank stares.
We have been lied to, out maneuvered and treated with disdain. But we kept coming. That, in and of itself, shocked them all. In the past, neighborhood groups have fizzled and grown tired. But we are still here and need to show up tomorrow, at the polling booth, dressed in RED and exercise some political muscle.
Every vote counts. Majority rules. Kara Buscaglia beat Nucherino on the Conservative line by ONE VOTE. But she won nonetheless. So its incredibly important that you turn out tomorrow.
Remember the late nites at the ZBA meetings, always last on the agenda.
Remember the Town Board and their silence and blank stares or how they would rudely talk among themselves while we were at the podium.
Remember the Planning board approving the hotel with the boundary dispute sitting for all to see on the overhead.
Remember that the IDA squeezed in the last approval for the Hyatt all while knowing that if the vote was delayed by one week, the Hyatt wouldn’t get a dime because of the changes in State law effective April 1.
Remember the silence from the ZBA as they graveled approval of the 9 variances for the Iskalo Hyatt in silence with no discussion or explanation, well past midnight.
Remember that the ZBA spent lots of time on chickens and swimming pools and said nothing about the second giant hotel imposed on Main St in the past year.
The FRIENDS OF MIKES POND is not a political group.
It is a groups of area residents, who banded together, in commonality of interest, wanting an airing of the facts associated with a giant building to be shoehorned on a residential street in a small oddly shaped site, which was restricted to building no higher than 2 stories. We made no political moves until after the final vote was in on the site plan approval, when it was painfully clear that Iskalo was in control of the votes in Town Hall and the project was very much alive. I’m not sure how good we are as a political group. But we will know soon enough.
I’ve been sending these messages for almost 2 years and you have all been there and answered the call when we needed a big turnout or letters or volunteers or a home for the NO Iskalo signs and I thank you for all you have done. I may be the messenger but you are the muscle.
and I would ask TWO more things of each of you and everyone you know.
VOTE! Don’t miss it, and call FIVE friends or neighbors.
Tell them YOU are going to VOTE and impress upon them how important it is.
Ask them to do it as a favor to YOU and I am asking YOU now.
And FORWARD this message to EVERYBODY in your ADDRESS BOOK!!!
Post it on FB or wherever you like, but pass the word..
oh…and one more thing..
Join us at Loughrans at 9p,TOMORROW
dressed in RED,
with a BROOM in one hand and a BLUE in the other,
to watch the returns and celebrate the SWEEP!!!!
and yeah I know…this is too long.. you send too many of these and you are driving me crazy….
m;) No No Iskalo.