MASSENA - Speaking during the citizens comments portion of Wednesdays town board meeting, Marilyn Berry accused town board members of reaching a gentlemans agreement that guaranteed there would be no contested races this year.
The election is supposed to be a democratic process, is it not? she asked. I was told there was a gentlemans agreement that no one would run against Joe. Shame on the Democratic people.
Councilman Albert N. Nicola, a Democrat, took exception to the comments.
Nothing could be further from the truth, he said, adding that each of the councilmen (all Democrats) were asked if they would consider running for supervisor.
For various reasons, it is hard to get candidates to run, Mr. Nicola said.
Councilman John F. Macaulay agreed.
It is very hard to get people to run for office, he said. Weve had many uncontested elections.
Mr. Macaulay also noted that rather than confronting the board with a rumor perhaps she should have attended the caucus herself.
You need to start witnessing things yourself, he said.
Mr. Nicola even challenged her to run for a position, rather than complaining that no one else did.
People like you should run if you are concerned, he said, noting that aside from an independent candidate, the last three times hes been up for election he has ran unopposed.
To suggest a deal was made couldnt be further from the truth, he said.