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LETTER: Sennett as supervisor could be a conflict of interests

To the editor:

Your selection in selecting the town of Skaneateles supervisor on Nov. 5 is of upmost importance this year.

Of real concern in considering a choice of a candidate to support as town supervisor is to bring to mind the fact that the town and village negotiate several contracts with each other on a regular schedule. Among the contracts are water rates, sewage rates and usage and fire protection.

In addition to contract negotiations, issues often arise such as water reservoirs and water treatment expenses that are sometimes shared on a negotiated basis. Proposals for annexation of town land to the village, etc. Both governments must, and should, have their individual interests protected.

Jim Greenfield is a town resident and Mary Sennett is a village resident. Mary Sennett is also a village board member. She is a wonderful lady and I have no doubt that her intentions would be of the highest principal. However, her serving on the village board is somewhat troubling. It leads one to question where that person’s loyalty be guided during the serious issues of negotiations that must take place between the two governments. Being realistic, mindset doesn’t often allow the flexibility to flip-flop your loyalty from one to the other.

I’m confident that the village mayor would find it comforting to have a member of the board become the head of the town government. Please give this thought and your consideration.

Francis W. Murphy

Skaneateles

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