The article Madame Chairman / Does Bernardo Have Her Eyes On Mike Hein’s Job? – published yesterday in Shawangunk Journal – contains plenty of seeds from Terry Bernardo’s pumpkin:
“I’ve been chairman of many things,” she said…
Her first foray into politics came in the sixth grade when a gym teacher planned on canceling a softball game to which “I had looked forward to all my life.”
Not until she met John Bonacic at Skate Time 209, the roller rink she owns with her husband Len, did politics come up again.
“I couldn’t have told you I was registered as a Republican — when you’re working in Manhattan, all you do is work — but he and Sue Cummings knew, and they asked me to run for county legislature,” she recalled.
“Len did not want to be involved in politics — that wasn’t his thing.”
Bernardo admits that she doesn’t easily escape politics at home.
“Some husbands and wives hunt together, or play tennis, but our hobby is politics,” she explained.
While she isn’t seeking the office of County Executive for herself, “A lot of people have that aspiration for me…”
“I only ran for chairman because my opponent goaded me,” she explained, noting how her fellow Rochester resident, and former councilwoman Manuela Mihailescu “said that if I won I would run for chairman, and she said it so many times that I decided, ‘Fine, if I win I will run.'”
What an amazing display of bull! Lenny had no interest in politics? Lots of people want her to be County Executive? And the one who takes the cake: Manuela made me do it! I’ve told you for years that Terry Bernardo is a liar: a few months in her first year as legislator she wanted to be the chairwoman.
Do not believe me. Ask David O’Halloran, and the rest of Town of Rochester Republican Committee, how the Bernardos worked diligently behind the scenes to oust then Legislature Chairman Fred Wadnola. Read the Freeman article:
Zimet, D-New Paltz, said Wadnola, R-Ulster, promised not to retaliate against Accord Republican Terry Bernardo for considering launching a challenge to Wadnola’s bid for a second term as the Legislature’s chairman.
Wadnola said he replaced Bernardo with Woodstock Democrat Brian Shapiro as Government Operations and Efficiency chairman because “I need to have a chairman that I trust and feel would do the best job for the residents of the county.”
All this scheming happened a full year before Manuela Michailescu pointed out the dangers of electing the politically ambitious Terry Bernardo to represent us in the Ulster County Legislature.
As anyone with an IQ higher than the district number agrees now, Manuela was right.
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco