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Clifton Park Town Board fills post despite GOP outcry

The Clifton Park Town Board appointed John Ryan to the Clifton Park Water Authority Board of Directors, Monday, April 21, despite objections by several Clifton Park Republican Committee members, who said the board was acting in direct opposition to Town Board Member Sandy Roth's request to table the resolution.

I think the only responsible thing you could have done was tabled the resolution, said Anita Daly during public comment. A member of the Republican Committee, Daly said she was speaking Monday as a resident.

In a 4-to-0 vote, the board adopted Ryan's appointment. Roth did not attend the meeting because he was recuperating from a Tuesday, April 15, heart attack.

"This action should not have been taken in the dark of night," said Republican Committee member Hugh Burke, regarding the appointment.

Board members said the absence of Roth was being used as a cover to shade the real issue, which they said was the desire of the Republican Committee to control the Town Board's actions.

Board Members Tom Paloucci, Scott Hughes and Lynda Walowit said they have been intimidated over the past several weeks to vote in step with the Republican Committee.

In defense of open and transparent government, the board decided to vote in favor of the Ryan appointment, according to Hughes.

"We are not a rubber stamp for any political party," he said.

Bob Wilcox, chairman of the Clifton Park Republican Committee, in an e-mail sent Sunday, April 20, to members of the Town Board and Republican Committee, asked the board to table the resolution to appoint Ryan.

Wilcox said he had another candidate in mind, who is, he said, "a successful businessman and financial and volunteer supporter of yourselves."

"What is set forth in these e-mails was wrong," Hughes said. "I will choose the people of Clifton Park and not the political party."

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