Councilwoman’s absence questioned

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

— Kasper noted there have been previous board members that have had jobs out of state and who were absent from several meetings.

“I certainly don’t recommend it and I don’t plan to continue for that length of time,” she said. “If I were going to be down there next winter, I will make sure that it doesn’t conflict with meeting times.”

She said if there were not controversial issues being debated, she’s not sure anyone would have noticed her absence.

“If this controversy wasn’t happening … people wouldn’t have noticed that I wasn’t here,” she said. “They made a point of it because of this ‘whose side,’ people were scared of whose side I was on.”

As the recreation center project would require bonding, a supermajority vote of 4-1 would be required to pass it.

A look back at attendance

Kasper was first elected to office in 1986, and since that time has served on the board except during a time period of 1996 through 1999.

The Spotlight reviewed meeting records from 1990 to present day. Excluding the years Kasper was not on the board, there have been 478 Town Board meetings during her tenure since that time. Kasper attended 391 of them, or about 82 percent.

The meeting numbers include regular meetings, special meetings, budget hearings and any other official gathering of the board to vote on resolutions.

“I do the other things, and I have always done the other things and I am there,” Kasper said when asked about her record.

She said throughout the years she has been very active in the community outside of attending board meetings.

“I am certainly, if you ask anybody, I am very visible and very approachable,” she said. “I am not going to say that I haven’t been a diligent member of the board.”

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