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Priorities questionable

June 11, 2009
The Leader Herald

The Gloversville Common Council didn't appear to think very long or hard earlier this month about spending up to $7,000 to investigate e-mails sent between council members. Yet the council likely will weigh carefully the spending of $11,000 for a summer pool program and $12,000 for the local senior citizens center.

Gloversville doesn't have a lot of extra money to work with, but if council members think the city should give seven grand to a high-powered attorney for an investigation of what appears to be political infighting, why shouldn't they steer money toward programs that actually benefit the youths and seniors of Gloversville?

The public may never fully understand the spending priorities of government, but people should question them nonetheless.

The investigation apparently will center on an ethics complaint by 1st Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth and 4th Ward Councilwoman Ellen Anadio regarding inappropriate e-mails sent by another council member. City officials are being vague and secretive about the investigation.

Meanwhile, the Senior Citizens Service Center of Gloversville & Fulton County is asking for $12,000 to stay open for the rest of the year, and Gloversville Enlarged School District officials are asking the city to chip in $11,000 to run a five-week swimming program at the middle school and $4,362 for a summer recreation program at Park Terrace and Boulevard schools.

We'd rather see money spent on those programs instead of an internal investigation that city officials won't even tell the public about.



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