Concern Citizen Who Calls It The Way It Is
Never attribute altruism to a politician when their actions can be more easily explained by a need for self-preservation!
Now that this apparent illegal practice has been exposed, they may just be trying to get ahead of it, to limit possible losses in the next town election. It might also even be an apparent attempt to prevent any potential investigation by the New York State Attorney General.
This town government (especially the supervisor) has always tried to minimize any accountability to the public by hiding what they do. Once the election is over, they seem to think their own personal/political interests are the same as that of the public … even when the public tells them it isn’t.