Letter to the Editor: "Why I’m Voting for Don Peters: He’s Full-Time and Has Primavera"

The following leter was written in its entirety by Cherie Frechette explaining why she will vote for Don Peters

Editor's Note: The following leter was written in its entirety by Cherie Frechette. If you'd like to send us your Letter to the Editor, email plamena@patch.com.

Last time around, I didn’t vote for Don Peters because I viewed him as a “good old boy” and I generally don’t like “good old boys.” However, my perception of him has changed, and I will vote for him this time for three main reasons:

I’m terribly disappointed in Susan Siegel. Time after time, I have seen that she is rigid and can’t bend with her constituents’ needs today. And in losing her own Party line, I feel that she is un-electable.

Michael Grace seems to have a slick marketing machine behind him but I am suspicious of flash, and besides that, he scares me. He’s a lawyer and has stated that he will continue his practice if he were to be elected. When did a job so vital right now as Yorktown Supervisor become a part-time job? And at a considerable salary? And wasn’t he our town lawyer for many, many years when the worst kinds of decisions were being made?

So that leaves Don Peters and suddenly a “good old boy” doesn’t seem like a bad choice. Besides being a man of the people, I’m told that he is highly intelligent and decisive, but just didn’t communicate his accomplishments last time, while Siegel took the credit for many program she initiated. Further, he is the one who championed consolidation of services and that makes tremendous sense in this economy.

In addition, I’m voting for Peters because of his association with Bill Primavera. I am aware that Bill is his confidante and would be his close advisor in some capacity if Peters were elected. Some years ago, I worked with Bill and still deal with him as a realtor, and I know of his work as a marketing executive, the field from which we both come. And what we need right now is the marketing of Yorktown as a great place to buy a home and/or establish a business, and Billk nows how this will get done.

The choice is clear to me, and I hope it’s also clear to the thinking voters of Yorktown, no matter their affiliation or party line we need to vote in the best interest of Yorktown and our residents.


Cherie Frechette

Active Yorktowner October 31, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Hi Bill, just my 2 cents, if this is such a great idea, talk to people about implementing it now. Why do we have to wait to see if Don get's elected. I'm frankly don't like the idea of people waiting until they are in office. Make the suggestion and get it done. Forget who gets credit for it. What if Don doesn't get elected, then the idea is dropped until he is. We need to all work together...now is the time, not later.
Bill October 31, 2011 at 04:53 PM
The town already has a notification system. I got 2 phone calls from Susan Siegel over the weekend with updates (I am not sure if it does text messages). Con Ed and NYSEG do not give frequent updates so I don't see what benefit there would be to having the town post the same info every hour (and I don't think people care if the count of people without power has gone down by 100 if they still dl not have power). BTW I would be more impressed if you told us that Don had come to you with this idea rather than vice versa.
Yorktown Tattler October 31, 2011 at 05:37 PM
To: Bill - Well, why didn't I get any calls from Susan? My phones are totally down and I'm working from a girlfriend's office today.What Mr. Primavera and Don Peters are proposing is a cell phone tweet system. Pay attention. And lay off Mr. Primavera. He's one of the good guys.
Yorktown Tattler October 31, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Concerned Yorktowner. I agree with you. And I'm sure that if anyone is going to work with all personality types and parties, it would be Don Peters and Mr. Primavera. They are both known for their people skills. Have you noticed the people skills, or lack of them, with the supervisor and Grace?
Active Yorktowner October 31, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Just an FYI, I got the phone message on my home phone as well as an email. If you go to the town website you can sign up and have the messages sent wherever you want. On a side note, I agree a little with "Bill". No reason to send out a notification if there is no "real new developments". I don't think we need a "tweet system" as much as making sure that any significant news gets out to the public and they can get the information in whatever way them want...phone, email, text, etc. So, there is a system in place now, maybe just need to tweak it a bit.
William Primavera October 31, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Hi, Bill, in answer to your BTW, I can assure you that what initially attracted me to Don Peters' campaign, once I got to know him, are the very innovative ideas he brought to office his first time around, such as consolidation and the possibility of having our police department modified. He just needed a more cooperative board and better support system which many in his camp have pledged to him to finish the jobs he started. Much credit has been taken by the current administration, especially in new business development, which Don initiated.
William Primavera October 31, 2011 at 05:56 PM
And Concerned (sorry, don't know your first name), but your point is my point, really. If home phones and email are down, Tweets can make it to one's cell phone, which I have been recharging in my car for the past two days. So indeed, let's "tweak" the system with "tweets." :)
William Primavera October 31, 2011 at 06:02 PM
And Tattler, forgive me, I have enjoyed many of your postings and found them informative but, you've cast a shadow of suspicion over a couple of my friends as people try to guess your identify. And while I don't mind thoughtful musings from a creative person, as obviously you are, your charge last week about something in the background of one of our candidates for office really did cause a lot of grief. I believe in first admendment rights, but could you please cool it and not issue these kinds of criminal allegations unless your prepared to back them up, as the editor of this stream requested?
Yorktown Tattler October 31, 2011 at 06:08 PM
Sorry, Mr. Primavera, I certainly didn't mean to cause you grief. But don't you know that you're dealing with at least one real thug?
Bill October 31, 2011 at 06:10 PM
https://alerts.deltalert.com/optin/start.xhtml?clientId=156762112 "This site allows residents of the Town of Yorktown to sign up and receive emergency notifications from town officials. Residents may add cell phone, text numbers and email addresses. This information will not be sold or distributed for any purposes." I actually had not customized my information so I only got it on my home # (which got forwarded to my cell phone since my home service was out -- I had no power 1am Sunday to 6am Monday). Tweets are ok, but they are public (not that there is anything wrong with that). With the existing system I can get email, text or phone calls directly to me.
Bill October 31, 2011 at 06:13 PM
And I am not attacking Mr. Primavera. I am simply saying that a) this is a solution in need of a problem, and b) having his advisor post it as his own idea rather than Don's gives me reason to believe that things will be no different in a 2nd Peters administration. Even the ill-advised consolidation of power under Eric took place before he came into office, during the few month void after Linda Cooper fled to Ossining.
William Primavera October 31, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Thanks, Tattler, but Don is perfectly able to fight his own battles as am I. So, while you may be just trying to help, it is indeed causing some grief. I would hope that we can all channel our energies in a more positive way to the tremendous challenges Yorktown faces, and not attack the candidates personally. OK? Thanks.
Yorktown Tattler October 31, 2011 at 06:22 PM
OK, Mr. Primavera, I'll try to behave as far as criminal allegations go (but doesn't everybody in town already know this story? it couldn't be just me?). It just makes me mad the way Don's opponents have misrepresented themselves, don't you think? You haven't noticed the about-face in Grace's ads when he was criticized for being the "part-time" candidate? And this week his ads now claim "24/7 dedication" (does this include time he's in the john?) and "MORE than full-time?" What does THAT mean? It means more BS from someone who NEEDS the job, rather than WANTS the job.
Yorktown Tattler October 31, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Don Peters' intentions are pure: he wants to help the town in its darkest days. Grace's intentions are not pure. He said at the debate which I attended that he would be "making a tremendous sacrifice" to be our supervisor. Well, don't do us any favors and don't make the sacrifice at our expense.
William Primavera October 31, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Tattler, you're not trying hard enough to behave. :)
Bill October 31, 2011 at 06:36 PM
I thought the town's darkest days were what the auditors report was about. Things out of control,, mismanagement. Sounds pretty awful to me. When did those things occur?
Bill October 31, 2011 at 08:44 PM
BTW, Tattler, you don't tweet to a cell phone. You text to a cell phone. You can get tweets on your cell (I do) by setting things up so Twitter forwards them to you as text messages. Or you can email, and have your cell phone pick them up. Of course, if you have a Smartphone, you can tweet text or email. Dumb phones can typically only text.
Aristotle November 01, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Yorktown Tattler... I've been a fan, sort of, of your posts. However, you've been making innuendo, talking from third party rumor, etc. about Mr. Grace and the problems he seems to have had in his marriage and his business. I think it's time you state what you know for fact and put to rest the hearsay and unsubstantiated facts. From where I sit you are beginning to lose all credibility and I for one would hate to see that from an obviously intelligent person such as yourself. You are too good a person to sink below the levels of compassion for your fellow commentators.
Sheila Schraier November 01, 2011 at 04:26 PM
I have not gotten any alerts from anyone except 2 days ago from Con Ed saying power would be back late tomr., which I doubt.
Francis T McVetty November 01, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Aristotle, first of all you are making an assumption when you write [ From where I sit you are beginning to lose all credibility and I for one would hate to see that from an obviously intelligent person such as yourself.] Really and intelligent person? I see only a bitter person that is not happy with her life and can do nothing but trash other people. Your second assumption is also wrong [ You are too good a person to sink below the levels of compassion for your fellow commentators.] That is who she REALLY is.
Aristotle November 01, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Francis. I'm just trying to play peace maker. i know you and Tattler don't like or even respect each other. You continue going back and forth bating and upping each other to respond to the next level of insults. I respect your posts and have learned quite a bit from you. I would hope that we can all put aside our attitudes and just try to get along. I know it's hard to bite one's tongue. Lord knows I've almost bit mine off a few times. There are times when I feel like posting something so extreme because at that moment I didn't give a damn what anybody would think but then I remembered that it would be an incorrect reflection of who I was and I didn't want that on my conscious. You, me, Tattler and the rest of us posting here are far better people than some of the angry and insulting posts we've left for one another. Be well my friend!
Francis T McVetty November 01, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Aristotle, more than once I almost bit off my tongue. I have been careful with my words and tried not to go over the edge, so to speak. I don't like people skulking about slandering people. If I call you out on something, I will say it to your face. The best I can do here, is write it. I don't hide behind some pen name and then blame the possibility of retributions for not posting with my name. In the words of a truly great president, Harry Truman, If you can't stand the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen. In other words, stop writing innuendos and maybes you heard from one of your "operatives". You have some thing to say, be a man/woman and use your real name. I won't use the word I used to call that person out but it still applies, starts with a C and ends with a D .
Yorktown Tattler November 02, 2011 at 04:38 PM
And to Aristotle: I have enjoyed your intelligent posts too (as opposed to McWetty's), but I didn't mention which candidate was said to have a police record and had it expunged because of the "unwritten law" which protects cuckolded husbands (Wonder if women who are cheated on would have as much benefit of the doubt). but you DID! It makes you wonder why the press would be all over the similar case of an expunged record for Bernard Malloy (John Testa's assistant) and not check out this information which has been talked about in the community for some time.
Francis T McVetty November 02, 2011 at 06:26 PM
To Aristotle and William Primavera, after the last two posts by Yorktown Tattler you see what I have been saying all along. She is a bitter, bitter person at heart that has nothing better than to "stir the pot" with her smears, name calling and innuendos. Her supposed background in psychology, has done nothing for for her own psyche, has it? Name calling seems to be her forte, because when it comes to rational thinking, she fails miserably.
Active Yorktowner November 02, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Can't wait until the election is over...would be real funny if it turns out that everyone knows each other from somewhere. LOL
Active Yorktowner November 03, 2011 at 12:07 AM
LOL Fred...or am I laughing at myself? LOL
Sheila Schraier November 03, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Folks, seriously, can we stick to the issues? The election is right around the corner.
Yorktown Tattler November 03, 2011 at 02:50 PM
You are so right, Sheila. We have critical issues in Yorktown that need to be addressed with whomever is voted in (I think I've shown my hand about who that might be) and here we are on a wild tangent.
Yorktown Tattler November 03, 2011 at 02:56 PM
I'm sure that you also want to go get the OWS people with your night stick or shove it where your type sometimes does when arresting people. I wish that I could tell you who I am so that you would know who you're dealing with, but after knowing all the people you don't like, I'm afraid that you'd show up at my doorstep with a sheet over your head.
Francis T McVetty November 03, 2011 at 03:04 PM
So now you are saying I'm a racist also? You are so full of yourself. I'm not anti-woman. I just don't like you. You can define what you are, but you are still a bitter person that lives through others. You know your "operatives" and "spies". Get a real life. Maybe you should get out of the house more. See the real world. It seems that you do live in a make believe one. Psyc 101.


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