In politics there are no referees. No umpires calling balls and strikes. If your opponents attack you or misrepresent your record or your positions, you have to call them out. No one else is going to do it. We call this Setting the Record Straight, and this week we are addressing the Westchester County Airport.
The image to the right is from our opponents recent "news"-letter:
We agree that airport noise has gotten substantially worse since 2017, but we are baffled by suggestions that “little has been done” and the idea that “Team New Castle candidates have been fully engaged on this issue.” For those, like our Republican opponents, who just started learning about this issue recently, we would offer the following timeline and history lesson:
While we applaud the Republican candidates for being quick studies on the airport issue, and thank them for their willingness as candidates to jump in and contribute their voices to this urgent issue, their claim that Ivy and Jeremy have been inactive or unresponsive is simply, clearly untrue. In fact, the entire Town Board – Supervisor Greenstein, Deputy Supervisor Katz, and Council Members Makowska, Pool, and Saland have been unified and worked together every step of the way.
Our Republican opponents want to use taxpayer dollars to sue the FAA, an approach that we think will be both costly and ultimately unsuccessful. We are ready and willing to put New Castle first, but we maintain that working with the County is critical, and that the two are not mutually exclusive. We believe that cooperation with County and Federal elected officials is paramount to making change happen and that any potential lawsuit should be initiated by the County and/or a coalition of neighboring communities, as opposed to a costly go-it-alone approach with little chance of success. With a clear distinction in terms of policy approach, we find it unseemly that the Republicans need to perpetuate lies about our supposed inaction. Please, let’s debate the issues and stick to the facts!
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