There has been some recent controversy about an email from the Rosendale Town Supervisor that I forwarded to my colleagues on the Town Board to keep them in the loop. The forwarded email related to the proposal to share municipal services with the Towns of Marbletown and Rosendale at the site of the former Rosendale Elementary School and contained a cost estimate provided by David O’Halloran from the Rondout Valley School Board.
I erroneously sent this email to Fawn Tantillo, the deputy clerk of the Ulster County Legislature; she is part of the staff of Chair of the Ulster County Legislature. Immediately after sending the email, I contacted her office to indicate that the email was sent in error and asked her to delete it. I was completely shocked that the email was forwarded to others and even more shocked when the email became the subject of a political flyer. Ms. Tantillo’s behavior represents a breach of ethics, and just plain bad manners. To contemplate that this was done without the consent of her boss is unfathomable.
The proposal to relocate some Town services to the Rosendale School is just a proposal that the three town boards are considering. The proposal presents the opportunity for more space and considerable operating and capital expenditure savings, but also presents significant challenges in the greater distance that many of our townspeople might have to travel to enjoy services that are now provided in Accord. The Town Board does not have the information to prepare a full financial analysis and is certainly not in any position to make a decision; indeed, no decision has been made, contrary to the spurious allegations that Ms. Fantillo and her unethical colleagues are spreading. Before the Town Board does make a decision about whether or not to participate in the shared services agreement (which will only be adopted if there are tax savings), you can be assured that a full and transparent discussion with all residents and stakeholders will take place and that all facts will be honestly presented.
Carl Chipman, Supervisor
Town of Rochester