Since the groundbreaking ceremony on Memorial Day 2010, I have attended all the celebrations at the Town of Rochester Veterans Park, but none moved me more than today’s gathering around the flagpole.
In the absence of a town-organized event, on a record-breaking cold Veterans Day, a small group of veterans came to honor their brothers in arms. Some said a few words, all were overcome with emotion.
Politicians’ speeches were not missed.
It is unheard of a party chair to run for office, but that didn’t stop Len Bernardo to do it. Everybody knows how that ended: he was crushed by Mike Baden, the next Town of Rochester Supervisor, 1,365 votes to 900.
Looking at the election results, some numbers catch the eye:
It’s reasonable to expect that Len Bernardo – the Ulster County Chairman of the Independence Party – would get hearty support from the members of his own party. Did not happen!
Among the seven candidates on the Independence ballot line, Len Bernardo gathered the smallest number of votes. In other words, the Chairman was rejected by his own party.
Len Bernardo, it’s time to say good bye…
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco
In the Town of Rochester, voters chose Mike Baden as the next supervisor.