I was elected supervisor, along with two Democratic councilmen, in 1963 and served until 1968, when I returned to my law practice. In those four years, we accomplished much: urban renewal of the business area; sewers; purchase of Sparkle Lake; fluoridation; creation of the ethics law, architectural board, and museum; and approval of three shopping centers. Even with two Republicans on the town board, we had unity, civility, and, at all times, used the input of our citizens to make our decisions.
The present supervisor and his three councilmen have voted changes to present laws such as the tree ordinance, wetlands law, ethics code, and fluoridation, contrary to the majority of citizens who voiced their opinions at town board meetings. Even with a petition signed by 2,633 persons opposed to the destruction of the solid masonry highway garage, they refused a permissive referendum. Do we really need another retail/office/apartment complex next to the garbage company, when there are so many empty buildings? (supermarket, Mitchell Hardware, beer distributor and two banks—M&T and my office will be empty.)
It may be premature, but I feel strongly that we are in danger of having a one-man government for years to come. If elected to a fourth term, Supervisor Michael Grace will continue on his present course to the detriment of our town.
Ilan Gilbert is superbly qualified and would make an excellent supervisor for this important office. I urge all caring citizens in Yorktown to vote for Gilbert, Roker and Patel on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
John Kibbe is a former town supervisor.