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Petition calls for Forestville mayor to resign

September 11, 2013

FORESTVILLE — The Forestville Village Board contended with a barrage of comments from an audience of around 50 residents Tuesda....

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Sep-13-13 11:42 PM

Do you mean 'cited' for spelling errors? This is the basis of the problem in Forestville..stupid people.

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Sep-12-13 11:46 PM

Change we need is this forum about spelling? You could "check yourself at the door" from here on out you my be "sited" for any spelling errors! If the problem is that you don't agree with their comments don't read them! I rarely read yours because of your ignorance.

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Sep-12-13 12:32 AM

Retired Teacher can't spell. Shameful. Where is the $ for the water project?

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Sep-11-13 10:53 PM

Looks like the poll is speaking volumes just like the petition did. I wonder what the Mayor will do?

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Sep-11-13 10:07 PM

As I read this article I have to applaud Linda Aures for not going with the "way things have always been done". If more leaders took the same stance when it came to a public office and actually did what was BEST, not what was tradition maybe these small villages and towns wouldn't be on the verge of bankruptcy. BRAVO, Linda for not bowing to the demands of the same people that put the community in the position that it is in.

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Sep-11-13 4:54 PM

Interesting that those currently running things consider 200 people as whinner and troublemakers. And those very people are repeatedly being denied a voice in their own community. Welcome to the neo-con circus where power is everything and accountbility is absent.

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Sep-11-13 4:41 PM


Yeah, I also think that if someone didn't bother to vote in that election their signature should be void, afterall if they couldn't be bothered to vote why should they be allowed a voice in what happens after the election?

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Sep-11-13 3:39 PM

I do like the fact that retired teacher has facts and information to back these statements up. Lets hope whatever happens in this village, it's for the better.

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Sep-11-13 3:35 PM

Darkstar makes a terrific point. If the same 200 folks show up next election and vote her out, then good -- it works. But if she's re-elected....

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Sep-11-13 3:26 PM

Retired teacher always knows what to say, carry on, you're always on the mark with nothing but the facts!

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Sep-11-13 3:25 PM

It appears that the village is speaking LOUD and CLEAR. Get out or be booted out. To those leading this battle, please push on. Without you, this village will be lost, the history forgotten, and the people left without a voice. I don't remember voting in the last election for a dictatorship, but, it appears that is what this mayor and her hand selected board feel they have the right to do. Morals and ethics - those have gone by the wayside (one member excluded). How can you run a village without listening to the people? How can you refuse to accept comments and answer questions? How can you refuse to disclose expenses, when not that long ago you demanded it? It is up to the people of this village to take their government back. Any self respecting elected member of government should understand, if she/he is no longer meeting the needs of the people, it is time to make room for someone who can; time to let someone willing to work take over. That time has come in Forestville.

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Sep-11-13 2:30 PM

On the other hand, it is refreshing to see the Observer is sending a reporter to the meetings instead of blindly printing the pablum the village clerk and mayor have been feeding them to print.

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Sep-11-13 2:28 PM

To bad none of the previous commentors really understand the issues facing the taxpayers of the village. She fired a vilage employee without the required board action. She has changed the conditioins of employment, a violation of the legal principle of Past Practice. She has held numerous illegal meetings with a 2 or more of the village board members in violation of the open meeting law. She has verbally attacked a respected older resident of the village in a very public place, certainly a demonstration of her moral and ethical values which I serously doubt is contrary to the values of all but her band of comrades who got her elected in the first place with a campaign of falsehoods. She was barred from campaigning outside the polling place and her election committee was ordered to stop handing out candy inside the polling place. From the day of the election, she has violated the laws, and the taxpayers are most likely the ones who will end up paying for her actions. On the other ha

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Sep-11-13 2:26 PM

MatthiasJ is absolutely right, people won't be happy no matter who is in charge. It's a thankless job.

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Sep-11-13 11:46 AM

Some very interesting and thought provoking comments about the article and petition. Indeed, it would not be difficult to check to see if the petition is legal since NYS law outlines the format that must be followed for a legal petition. If that was not followed, then the petition belongs in the circular file along with all the comments from all the whiners who have nothing better to do with their time than complain because things are not being done the way they were 50 years ago,,, bread isn't $.25 a loaf anymore and never will be again! Take a good look at govt. from the top down and be honest about what you see, then find something more constructive to do with your spare time like volunteering somewhere where it will actually benefit someone.

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Sep-11-13 9:58 AM

I'm curious how many registered voters are there in the village?

I would also be curious how many of the 200 who signed the petition voted in the mayoral election, as well as how many of them voted for her?

If she won with only 120 votes but 200 signed the petition either most of the people who voted for her signed it or a lot of people didn't bother voting yet want to whine and complain about what the person elected is doing.

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Sep-11-13 9:10 AM

There will always be people who want to maintain the status quo simply out of fear of change. One thing is certain - the present system is not working.

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Sep-11-13 8:09 AM

Is it a "legal" petition? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Sep-11-13 6:46 AM

Isn't 35 to 50 people about 75% of the voters in Forestville? Just asking...

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Sep-11-13 4:14 AM

It sounds like the same 35 to 50 are not happy no matter who is in office or what they say. It is not right according to the know it all residents who will do nothing but pitch a fit if the taxes go up another 30% to quote keep our village. You have a continually declining tax base, your home values continue to decline. Linda Aures did not cause the previous clerk to cause financial issues that the village is struggling to overcome now NOR did she initiate the dissolution of the village. That was proposed and agreed on by all of the board members which means you forgot to vote or you are being 2 faced about it now. Even little children learn quickly that they can't have their cake and eat it too. Take a good look at Silver Creek where the long term bonded debt is double the assets of the village, where nine businesses have either moved out of the village or closed in the last 2 yrs. Forestville doesn't even have that many businesses to lose. Things will not go back to what they were.

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