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November 1, 2012
The Leader Herald

I have read with interest a recent letter to the editor written by Heath Hardman regarding the upcoming election for Gloversville city judge. Mr. Hardman speaks of bias when discussing the issue of Traci DiMezza, who is running for the office of Gloversville city judge. Perhaps it would be a good idea if Mr. Hardman were to acknowledge his own likely bias in this case. It is my understanding Mr. Hardman, who is presently attending law school, interned in the office of City Court Judge John Clo for several months earlier this year, and I further understand Heath Hardman is on the committee to elect John Clo Gloversville city judge. Let's put all of the cards on the table.

I was on the Common Council for several years when John Clo was Gloversville city attorney. Because I felt neither then-Gloversville Mayor Tim Hughes nor then-City Attorney John Clo were eligible to receive buyout payments for certain benefit time, I wrote a letter to the state attorney general's office and the state comptroller's office protesting the city's payment for those benefits to both the mayor and the city attorney. As a result of my letters and similar complaints by others, an audit was done by the comptroller's office. It was determined by the state comptroller's office that the money was not due to Mayor Hughes nor City Attorney Clo. Until the money is repaid to the taxpayers of Gloversville, I, for one, never will vote for either of those individuals for any public office.

I am supporting Traci DiMezza, who I believe will make a good Gloversville city judge. I view Traci as being completely independent of Gloversville City Hall, which I believe is paramount to independent judgment and a future of change in the city of Gloversville.





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