HARRISON, N.Y. - The following letter was sent to Harrison reporter Phil Corso by resident Ada Angarano regarding the state of town politics and her disappointment with the local Democratic party.
When I read this week's 10/28/11 edition of the Harrison Report newspaper, the front page had the headline, "Campaign ads deemed unfair by practices committee." It told how the Westchester Fair Campaign Committee declared unfair several elements of campaign ads by Harrison Mayor Joan Walsh (D) and the members of her Democratic ticket running in the Nov. 8 election.
Then, there it was, on the last page of the same newspaper, a full-page advertisement by Mayor Walsh and her running mates. It was an absolute gross show of what small, limited minded and desperate people will do when they have nothing good to show or say about themselves. They revert to smearing others and pointing fingers away from their failures.
The previous ads against the GOP were found by the WFCC to be unfair as they were untrue. This should have sent the Harrison Democratic Party a big message or a wake-up call to start campaigning fairly and professionally.
But instead, they took the WFCC's ruling as a signal to get "down and dirty," as they had an even more disturbing ad mailed to residents over the weekend. I received one in the mail yesterday, 10/29/11, and could not believe any political party would pay for such an underhanded way of advertising. It's really creepy. It puts a whole new light on Mayor Walsh and her team; a disturbing light.
If only she had fought that dirty the past four years to help save money for the residents instead of fighting to increase our taxes and reducing our services, these Democratic negative, nasty, unethical ads would not have been created.
This was a big disappointment to me and I'm certain to many of her contributors to see how the Harrison Democrats have wasted their donated campaign funds by spending it on unprofessional and untrue allegations ads about their opponents and then having WFCC rulings against them.
They should have been placing positive, beneficial advertisements showing the voters what their accomplishments were for this town, and boasting about the wonderful improvements that have been made to our dilapidated downtown business district. Unfortunately, we will never see any positive or professional ads like this from this current mayor and her running mates.
The Town of Harrison needs and deserves a better leader, someone who will fight for its residents and not against them and I feel strongly that the Harrison Democratic Party needs new leaders too if it is to regain any kind of dignity and respect after the Walsh years are finally over.
- Ada Angarano, Harrison resident voting the Belmont Team for a better Harrison. Angarano is the Harrison Chamber of Commerce president.
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