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McGarry calls for boycott of Rotterdam supervisor debates

Brian McGarry, Rotterdam town supervisor candidate and member of the No New Tax Party, has called for a boycott of the League of Woman's Voter debate to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rotterdam Branch Library.

McGarry cites misconduct on the part of town supervisor candidate Steve Tommasone and the Rotterdam GOP Chairman Gerard Parisi, who have alleged that Democratic town supervisor candidate Frank Del Gallo is unfit for town office for a number of reasons, including his alleged inability to read or write.

\I've heard it first hand when going door to door. Rotterdam taxpayers are sick of politics altogether, said McGarry in an Oct. 15 statement. "This is a great example of why the No New Tax party was formed, the two party system has held the voters hostage for too long."

In an Oct. 12 letter, Parisi wrote to Democratic Chair Bill Cooke in response to a set of letters in which Parisi and Cooke discussed the possibility of three debates by the town supervisor candidates in Rotterdam. Cooke responded to the original Sept. 26 letter on Oct. 5 asking Parisi if the LWV "Meet the Candidates Night" on Oct. 20 was not a fair outlet for the supervisors to discuss the issues and if the Rotterdam GOP would still be at the event. In the Oct. 12 letter, Parisi responds to the letter from Cooke by listing the reasons why Del Gallo is unfit for office, including allegations that Del Gallo may not be able to read or write. Parisi, in the Oct. 12 letter stated that, "Several people have claimed/alleged that he may not be able to read or write. The town is a complex operation. I hope this is not the case."

"I had hoped that all supervisor candidates would agree to a fair and open debate," said McGarry. "However, in light of Parisi and Tommasone's egregious campaign activities, I will not be attending and would encourage Mr. Del Gallo to forgo any public interaction with Tommasone."

McGarry does not intend these statements to be construed as endorsements for Del Gallo but believes that these personal attacks should be rejected by the electorate.

The Leauge of Women's Voters will still hold Rotterdam candidates forum on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rotterdam Branch Library.""

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