Received from a concerned Somerset resident via email:
Point of Fact: The Somerset Town Board appoints the Somerset Town Attorney.
1. In 2006, the challenger for Town Supervisor runs a campaign largely on the issue of the amount of money that the town pays the appointed Town Attorney.
2. "Coincidentally", the appointed Town Attorney Ed Shoemaker reviews, signs and files objection to ballot signatures on behalf of the incumbent against the challenging candidate for Town Supervisor.
3. "Coincidentally", when asked, the incumbent says that Shoemaker is the "longtime family friend" of the incumbent. The incumbent loses by a 65% - 35% margin, thus says the voters.
In 2007, the former incumbent runs again and allies with two incumbent Councilmen to mount round 2!
1. The issue about the amount of money given (on an hourly basis) to the again appointed Town Attorney is still unresolved due entirely if not largely to the actions (votes) of the two incumbent Councilmen.
2. Guess who supports the trio? You guessed it, the appointed Town Attorney.
3. In return for their support of him, he makes a disclosed monetary donation of $500 to their re-election fund and the Lockport Energey Association (of which he has close ties and influence) donates $1000 to their re-election fund!
4. Those are the disclosed amounts directly to the re-election fund of the "leave the town attorney alone gang".
5. Additionally, the well-paid "consultant business manager" for the Barker Schhool district also contributed $150 in disclosed donations to this group. Many other undisclosed donations amount to a significant fund by standards for a typical race in Somerset.
So, the food chain goes like this.....the board will appoint the town attorney....the town attorney eats away at the town tax dollars....the town board continues to appoint the town attornety....the town attorney continues to eat....someone comes to challenge the town attorney and his eating habits....the board comes to the defense and aid of the town attorney and accuses any opposition as being "controlled"....the town attorney returns some of the town tax dollars to the incumbent board to keep them elected....the town board re-appointes the town attorney...and the town attorney continues to EAT!
We can only hope that the food chain (with lots and lots of gravy) will end for the current town attorney. Thus will say the voter!