Kathy Mooney Schmelzle For Forestport...

Kathy Mooney Schmelzle For Forestport Town Clerk

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Melissa

United States

#1 Aug 4, 2011
Kathy is a LONG time resident of Forestport and has been the Town Clerk for almost 10 years. She is a mother to 2 grown children, and has 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She has served the Forestport community by upgrading the Town Clerk files from typewritter to computer. She has taken several classes and certified in Microscoft office, Microscoft word, business management and many others! She is very personal, kind and puts her heart into her work and community. She cares about each individual and to her you are not JUST a number but a person. I would like to see the changes continue to upgrade as she betters our community and is there supporting the community as a whole! Vote for Kathy and keep the changes and upgrades coming as we better Forestport together!
Dancing Bear

Frankfort, NY

#2 Aug 5, 2011
Time for a change, vote for Shelley!
dignity

Rome, NY

#3 Aug 5, 2011
OH PLEASE PEOPLE DON'T START THIS ON HERE! TALK TO THE CANDIDATES DIRECTLY, YOURSELVES......THIS IS A TRASHY WAY TO CAMPAIGN AND WILL ONLY BRING THIS COMMUNITY DOWN IN EVERYONE'S EYES. IS THERE NO DIGNITY REMAINING IN FORESTPORT POLITICS ANY LONGER??
Sick of Them

AOL

#4 Aug 5, 2011
dignity wrote:
OH PLEASE PEOPLE DON'T START THIS ON HERE! TALK TO THE CANDIDATES DIRECTLY, YOURSELVES......THIS IS A TRASHY WAY TO CAMPAIGN AND WILL ONLY BRING THIS COMMUNITY DOWN IN EVERYONE'S EYES. IS THERE NO DIGNITY REMAINING IN FORESTPORT POLITICS ANY LONGER??
When can we get rid of Hasenhuar and Isley? Until those two go, the community will be looked down upon regardless of what is discussed on Topix.
dignity

Rome, NY

#5 Aug 5, 2011
The voters are in control and always have been. You can reach out and touch your local politicians, and yet you do nothing to make a change. People get more hyped up about State and National electins and yet they are not informed enough about them.....only what the media wants you to believe. Here in a small community is where it all begins..........make it happen if you want change than DO IT!!
dignity

Rome, NY

#6 Aug 5, 2011
The voters are in control and always have been. You can reach out and touch your local politicians, and yet you do nothing to make a change. People get more hyped up about State and National elections and yet they are not informed enough about them.....only what the media wants you to believe. Here in a small community is where it all begin...make it happen if you want change than only YOU CAN DO IT!!
true native

Utica, NY

#7 Aug 5, 2011
Dancing Bear wrote:
Time for a change, vote for Shelley!
we have enough woodgaters onthe board now. lets turn it back to a FORESTPORT town board at least we might gety someone who really cares about us down here to!
dignity

Rome, NY

#8 Aug 5, 2011
Thank You Melissa, AND this shows that Kathy should have a job study done. Obviously she is being given more work than she should have to do. None of us would tolerate working twice as many hours as needed, and getting paid for only half the time.
If she is having to be in town hall that many hours it is only fair that she be paid for those hours....based on a valid time study....otherwise she should put in her 4 hrs. and leave, no matter how dedicated she is. I can understand emergency calls but that time should be allowed to her as flex time.

sorry this went to the wrong site first time entered. This belongs here with Kathy's page
you run

Utica, NY

#9 Aug 5, 2011
Dancing Bear wrote:
Time for a change, vote for Shelley!
Why don't you just run yourself Joan? Oh, wait...you did...against Kathy...and you lost...whoops...
Yup

Utica, NY

#10 Aug 5, 2011
Any time I've gone to the town clerks office I have always been greeted with a friendly smile and treated courteously. I think there's more to the job than being a walking dictionary! You have my vote Kathy! As far as the Woodgaters comment well you have a point! You have one who always quits, one who is the all knowing, one who likes fluffing his own ego and has his fingers in way to many pies, one who is just so much better than everyone else and the in between who needs to just plain retire and enjoy life! Keep in mind the major part of the town revenue comes from the northern end of town!
Summer resident

AOL

#11 Aug 6, 2011
If Kathy is doing such a good job, how come none of the other town office holders or employees are supoorting her?

This includes the present ones as well as those no longer in office. This includes elected and appointed ones. Just talk to any of them!

As far as working 40 hours - why would a town this size need a clerk that works 40 hours? No one else does and they are bigger or have more people than we do. Just because it takes Kathy longer to do the same work, does not mean the salary should be more.
Has she ever presenteed a good arguement to be paid more to the Town Board? I understand that everyone gets a raise every year and she has received numerous raises over the years.
If she is not pleased with what she gets, why run again?
All of you that are interested, please check the facts with those that make the decisions.
you run

Utica, NY

#12 Aug 6, 2011
If she is so bad as you say...then why is it when others have run against her, she has still won. For instance, Joan Ingersol...Well, that speaks for itself. Who needs another backstabbing wanna be spreading your business around this town. Its bad enough that she starts topix pages like this to get things going. The Ritter girl. Ritters occupy most of Forestport. Why didn't the town elect one of these if they thought Kathy did such a horrible job?? People are going to vote for whoever they want to vote for regardless of what you say on here anyway. And the person that said that this was a stupid way to campain was right. This isn't the place. Apparently, topix for Forestport is just a place for people to put others names on and trash specific people. Look at the list of forums. Sure gives a great impression of this town don't it?
In The Know

Boonville, NY

#13 Aug 6, 2011
This is interesting reading. So far, the only thing I have determined is that all of Kathy's children and grandchildren are on topix. I have also done a little comparison of other towns and their town clerks. All that I have looked into seem to have many more job responsibities, longer hours and compariable (and sometimes less) pay. Does Kathy do the payroll? No. Does Kathy take the Town Board minutes? No. Does Kathy post the Town Board mintues on the town's website like other towns do? No. Are the legal notices in the paper done correctly? No. Has she maintained the town records data base NYS Archieve? NO. The town received a grant to form their Archieves and all records were brought up to date by a contract person. Then handed over to Kathy to maintain. She was trained to do it but she has never done it.
The best way to get a competent, non-partisan town clerk would to make it a civil service position. Then anyone wanting the position, would first have to pass the civil service test.
you run

Utica, NY

#14 Aug 8, 2011
I don't think your "in the know" as much as you think you are.
Interesting

Cortland, NY

#15 Aug 8, 2011
But can it be changed from elected to a civil service position, and if so, how would that be done and how long would it take? Have any other towns done that? Please provide us more information.
almost all my life here

AOL

#16 Aug 11, 2011
I live by this saying "If it isn't broke, don't fix it" I think Kathy is doing a great job and always has. As long as this is the case, I am more than happy with her. Her job is not as easy as people think it is and it is very time consuming. She goes way be on the call of duty to do a good job. I am proud to say she is our Town Clerk. After almost 10 years serving us, we couldn't find any one better to do her job as good, especially at the small pay she gets. There has never been a question asked of her that she didn't know or was willing to find out for me(and others I know too). Always a smile and a great greeting for you no matter what kind of day she is having. She truely loves her job and the people she serves AND does a great job. What more could the people of Forestport ask for. When the time comes when she can no longer handle her job no matter what the reason( health, age or whatever) than let's worry about replacing her. Lets injoy her great job while we can. Her great work and friendly face would be missed if and when this day comes. Lets keep her as long as we can.
God bless the USA and our Great Town Clerk, Kathy Mooney Schmelzle. Keep up the GREAT JOB. I am proud of you!!
can do

Rome, NY

#17 Aug 12, 2011
She can pass that test if it becomes Civil Service.
Watching it all

United States

#18 Aug 13, 2011
The question is - if she can pass the test. If she needs help all the time, I doubt it!
Being friendly and smiling is great, but you still have to be able to do what is required in a timely manner and earn the trust and respect of the Town Board and other town officials.
Kathy is very nice person who has been through a lot, but this may not be the job for her.
Unknown

Pascoag, RI

#19 Aug 23, 2011
According to the association of towns of the state of new york there is no state law requiring a town clerk to keep ANY particular office hours.. If you have a problem with the hours she works bring it up to the board only they can change it.. But wait that would mean you would have to actually have to attend the meeting.. My vote is still and always will be for kathy.. And I hope I will always continue to see her smiling face as soon as I walk in... YOUR DOING A GREAT JOB KATHY KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK...
Salina

United States

#20 Aug 24, 2011
I'm voting for Chuck Norris.

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