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Letters for the week of May 2: Mayor's 'change' put three out of work

To the editor:

It was recently reported that Skaneateles Mayor Martin Hubbard hoped that Village DPW employees can repair the recent damage to the seawall walkway on Skaneateles Lake, without having to hire an outside firm.

What he hasn't said, publicly, is that just a few weeks ago he recommended and passed a budget that cut three positions from his Village DPW crew.

Yet strangely, he never spoke publicly about any layoffs prior to the budget being passed. In fact, even after one of our CSEA representatives spoke out at a board meeting to oppose the layoffs, Mayor Hubbard still wouldn't admit that his budget would lay anyone off. He said he preferred to think of it as "change."

Well, Mayor Hubbard, your "change" put three hard-working people out of work, people who have families that depend on them, and people who provided years of dedicated service to your village and took care of emergency repairs, like the seawall project.

Mayor, you never even gave village residents, businesses and employees the respect of coming clean about your job cuts. I think everyone involved had a right to a more open and transparent budget process, and deserved to know how these budget cuts would impact village services and residents' quality of life.

I hope that when projects, like the seawall repair, cannot get completed as quickly or by village workers, residents will remember who is to blame for these unnecessary cuts.

Terri Hoffmann, East Syracuse

CSEA Labor Relations Specialist

In response to Fran Fish's letter

I read Fran Rotunno Fish's letter and agree with almost all he said. The city water department has kept the lake level too high the last two winters. Fran called for a popular revolt of sorts and a committee to determine the proper lake levels. The second half of this call to arms has already been done! Years ago a study was done costing thousands of dollars with specific winter and summer target elevations for the lake level. In June the lake is supposed to rise to an elevation of 863 feet above sea level. In December it is supposed to drop to 860 feet above sea level.

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