A response to letter writer Anna Fernandez:
Having lived on Lee Avenue for so many years, Mrs. Fernandez should have been far more knowledgeable about the progress of the Kinderhook project than she evidenced in her letter. She must have been aware that city officials fought the project from its initial proposal straight through the court system. She must also have known that Judge John Clo was no longer Gloversville's city attorney when the final decision was made. Since I live in the area of the Kinderhook project, I realize that this is a detriment to your entire neighborhood.
Following the announcement of his candidacy, Judge Clo has made himself available 24/7 to address concerns and/or questions of the citizens of Gloversville. He has gone door to door every night. He has made his telephone numbers, both home and office, available, as well as his e-mail address. He has invited anyone who would like to be better informed to attend City Court sessions. He has been on WENT's "Talk of the Town" program and attended many public functions. Unlike his opponent, he has responded favorably to another opportunity to appear on the "Talk of the Town" program. He has constantly encouraged a public forum to discuss issues and answer questions. Traci DiMezza has refused each opportunity.
Why the false accusations now, Mrs. Fernandez? Why choose the letter to the editor as your only course of action? If you had questions, why did you not choose a more personal path as offered by Judge Clo? Why did you deliberately choose to make your false accusation public a week before the general election? Why did you not check your facts first?
As Judge John Clo has quoted numerous times, "an informed public is the cornerstone of our democracy." I do hope that on Tuesday, Mrs. Fernandez and her family will base their choice for Gloversville City Court judge on knowledge, honor and truth. Judge Clo has demonstrated these qualities each and every day.