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Former Manlius parks and recreation director responds to letter

Kristen Hansen speaks out about a letter written regarding Janice Abdo-Rott

To the editor:

While employed at the village of Manlius as the Parks and Recreation Director, I witnessed trustee Abdo-Rott give more time and energy to the village than any other trustee. I cannot help but respond to the letter written by a Morrisville college student because his accusations against trustee Abdo-Rott are false.

In it he states trustee Abdo-Rott worked on secret Swan Pond project plans and refused to share any updates with the parks committee during meetings. If he’s referring to the committee I, as director of the Parks and Recreation Dept. was responsible for, he is 100 percent wrong. At every meeting, I asked trustee Abdo-Rott for updates on the project. She was always forthcoming and kept the committee apprised of any new information regarding the project. She asked the committee for their comments because she valued their opinions and would report their feedback to the Swan Pond committee.

I was involved with the Swan Pond project as the liaison between the village and NY State Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation. Trustee Abdo-Rott never held a secret meeting. The Swan Pond project is still moving forward largely in part because of Trustee Abdo-Rott,

This letter insinuates that I left my position with the village because of Trustee Abdo-Rott. I believe that when I resigned from the village in November of 2012, I made it blatantly clear the reason I left was because of the hostile work environment Mayor Serafin created. It had absolutely nothing to do with trustee Abdo-Rott.

Anyone who knows trustee Abdo-Rott would never have a need to question her integrity. In fact, trustee Abdo-Rott is one of the most honest, caring and extremely hard working people I have had the pleasure to know. Trustee Abdo-Rott gives so much of her time and never seeks to advance her business. As an employee, I greatly appreciated her determination and out of the box ideas for my parks and recreation programs.

KRISTEN HANSEN

SAN ANTONIO, TX

To view the referenced letter, click here: http://www.eaglebulletin.com/news/2013/mar/14/dont-re-elect-manlius-village-trustee-abdo-rott/?blogs

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