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Clifton Park official blasts board over appointment

Clifton Park Town Board member Sandy Roth lashed out at fellow Republican board members for not considering his request to table a resolution to appoint John Ryan to the Clifton Park Water Authority.

During the Clifton Park Town Board meeting Monday, April 28, Roth said he deserved a chance to speak about the matter as the most senior member serving on the board and as the liaison to the Clifton Park Water Authority.

Roth, who was recuperating from a heart attack the day of the Monday, April 21, vote to appoint Ryan, voiced his concerns that day by way of a letter to the Town Board read by Clifton Park Republican Committee member Steve Bulger.

At that time, I was in no way insisting that anyone be appointed to the board, Roth said, adding that he was simply asking the board to pull the resolution from the agenda. "It is not up to any single person to appoint someone to a board."

Despite his request to pull the resolution from the agenda, the board approved the appointment in a 4-to-0 vote.

Roth expressed his disappointment with Supervisor Phil Barrett for voting in favor of the appointment in line with the other board members. Barrett defended his stance by saying his vote had no impact because the other three board members had already voted to adopt the resolution.

"There is nothing to say that you couldn't vote 'no' on that resolution," Roth said.

He said Barrett could have disagreed with the board publicly.

Although none of the board members, including Barrett, responded to Roth's comments during the meeting, at last weeks' meeting board members Tom Paloucci, Scott Hughes and Lynda Walowit said the absence of Roth was being used as a cover to shade the real issue, which, they said, is that the Republican Committee has tried to control the Town Board's actions.

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