I offer my strongest endorsement for the election of Rosemary Craig to the Otsego Town Board. Her name may be new to the town elections, but she brings considerable experience in governance with six years on the Cooperstown School Board. Having sat alongside her for those years, I can say she will be a strong fiscal conservative, but a person who measures public costs always in context with the purpose and value of what is put before her. She speaks openly in questioning each of these three factors and voices reasoned positions in final debate.
Rosemary will be a reliable addition to the town board in weeding out matters of narrow interest. She keeps people honest, as she is herself, with no motivation other than to be a contributor to responsible and open government.
CV Health Center losing money
Approximately two years ago I was asked to serve on the Cherry Valley Community Health Center board. I was given to believe that I was being asked because of my 40 years as an accountant and my experience in nonprofit accounting.
When I came on the board, it was determined we were not in compliance with a state requirement for certified audits of the Health Center’s records. An audit firm was immediately engaged and audits for the years 2004 through 2008 were performed.
The results of these audits were sent this year to the town supervisor, Mr. Tom Garretson. When I did not hear about the audits I contacted the auditing firm as a board member to find out the results. I was informed the Cherry Valley Community Health Center has lost $139,753.00 for the past five years.
When I attempted to bring this situation up at the September town board meeting, I was told by the town supervisor it was not the place to discuss this matter. Since somehow the Town of Cherry Valley has managed to cover these losses, I felt it was the place to address this situation. I also attempted to advise the town supervisor that, based on the financial information available, the losses are continuing this year, 2009.
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