Rochester Supervisor Carl Chipman is quoted in the article “UC towns band together to tackle tax dictate from Albany” by Melissa Orozco-McDonough (Blue Stone Press, March 20, 2015):
These are the problems that we face, and they’re very real problems… we have cut and cut and cut, and there’s only so far you can cut until you start cutting services or you decrease the quality of the services that you bring to the people you’re elected to serve… We need help from the state…”
In other words, the future is bleak, and – without help from the state – cutting services is around the corner.
Thus spoke Carl Chipman the Supervisor…
Not even one week later, in the article Who’s Running? published by Shawangunk Journal, Carl Chipman sings a different tune:
In nearby Rochester, Carl Chipman also wants to see a few things through. When he first took office in 2008, “We had to fight the recession, hold everything together with duct tape. It’s nice to finally be able to move forward,” improving infrastructure and adding services.
Thus spoke Carl Chipman the Candidate…
Adding services? Totally contradicting himself? Wait, there is more:
Chipman added that the flooding of Route 209 should soon be over as a new bridge and related road and stream improvements are being put into place, and he believes that town residents may soon see high-speed internet in their homes. He’s also been eying ways to bring water and sewer to Main Street in Accord, and make it again a commercial center.
“It’s starting to all fit in,” he said.
I’m pretty sure Chipman meant flooding of U.S. Route 209. Town of Rochester is not responsible for it, so there’s no credit to be grabbed there.
Chipman “believes that town residents may soon see high-speed internet in their homes.” The previous Supervisor believed the same thing eight years ago! And what does “soon” mean? Months? Years? How many? Where is the report from the Communications Committee? Didn’t Chipman claim the same thing before each of the last three elections?
A commercial center in Accord? Besides the need to “bring water and sewer” to the Main Street, are there any clearly articulated specifics? How many stores? What kind of stores? Any expressed interest from future shop-keepers? Any names?
“It’s starting to all fit in,” Chipman said. I can see it too: BS before every election and nothing to show after eight years at the helm. It makes one think that eight is enough.
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco