Councilwoman’s absence questioned

Nisky’s Liz Kasper gone from five of seven town meetings this year, records reveal trends

— “I am fully informed,” said Kasper. “I read your emails and I read everything that I got.”

Kasper said she didn’t reply to emails because she wanted to “listen to the whole thing” on the proposed indoor recreation center before making any statements on the project.

Former Town Board candidate Linda Rizzo, who left the town GOP and filed a change of enrollment to join the Democratic Party while Kasper (also a Democrat) was out of state, also voiced her discontent at the recent meeting.

“When you are elected by the public, you are elected to come to board meetings and cast your vote,” Rizzo said. “Sitting in Florida … is not being responsible to the taxpayers.”

Rizzo said it is “not legitimate” for Kasper to say she kept up with meetings and town issues while she is out of state, because she is elected for “the power of the vote.”

“Once you leave this table Liz, you are no different than I am,” Rizzo said. “You are doing nothing more than what I am doing and I am not an elected official.”

Kasper said even if she was present at meeting she probably wouldn’t be responding to residents’ comments during the meeting because it has been the policy of the current administration to not respond at meetings.

“That part I don’t see as a lack, because we sit here many meetings … and you don’t see the board members respond,” Kasper said. “Even if I was here I probably wouldn’t have been responding.”

Kasper said her extended absence is not something that will continue in future years.

“I didn’t ever leave, I was here for everything,” Kasper said. “If I am gone for any length of time I will certainly make sure I am back.”

Kasper said she picked the timeframe this year to leave because it was February vacation and spring break, so she wasn’t missing “as much.”

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