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Local taxpayer

Old Forge, NY

#1 Sep 8, 2012
I just could not help but read the local Valley News and the article stating the Village Mayor is leaning towards the dissolution of the Village of Keeseville being that the savings versus what would be lost in the Village of Keeseville I am still laughing at.

I hope the residence of the Village of Keeseville smart enough to realize the Town of Ausable and the Town of Chesterfield MORE than capable of handling services such as the water/sewer and roads.

Other than that what else does the Village offer?

Oh yeah garbage pick up which the residence pay for anyhow and never a profit for the Village just a service.

There are not many folks utilizing these services.

To keep a village for garbage pick up is a joke.

To say that the downtown is being turned around.

To say that the mayor doesn't need this job as he has 2 business's.

The fact is one is a liquor store downtown and funny that the downtown is the only agenda this mayor has is to promote this

Funny thing you have to run for mayor. Get paid to promote Keeseville. Why could this not be done prior?

Not once have I heard anything about the children of this community, the seniors of this community, the other areas of Keeseville, tourist promotion, other business attraction, the water quality, the drug problems of Keeseville not to mention the horrific acts in relation to drinking and driving or walking.

Just last night could not help notice a drunk laying on the side of the road in puke. Who is going to deal with that?

Please look at all the facts. Weigh all the options.

Please make your own educated decision based on does Keeseville need the Village government or is it a waste? Can the Town of Chesterfield and Ausable pick up those services?

There is no guarantee currently our taxes will not go up in the future.

There is no guarantee if we save money dissolving the village that in the future taxes will stay or go up.

Please do not base decisions on keeping jobs or feeling sorry for employees as everyday jobs are lost and gained.

The question is does Keeseville need the Village government to survive and thrive?

Keeseville will always be here. Whether Village or not. It is about the people of this community that will bring this area into the next generation.

I just hope it is something to be proud of.
kcity resident

Plattsburgh, NY

#2 Sep 8, 2012
Read the article too! The guy is a creep, wants to suck the life out of what's left of Keeseville. The downtown is the HUB, that says it all about the idiot. Of course how would he know, been here for two years and doesn't even own a house here. An embarrasment......
Local resident

Gloversville, NY

#3 Sep 9, 2012
kcity resident wrote:
Read the article too! The guy is a creep, wants to suck the life out of what's left of Keeseville. The downtown is the HUB, that says it all about the idiot. Of course how would he know, been here for two years and doesn't even own a house here. An embarrasment......
Look at Peru. Glenwood Plaza. What happened there? It is not all about the downtown of Keeseville. It is about the entire Village of Keeseville, the youth, the taxes, the water quality, lowering taxes, promoting business, promoting Keeseville, maintaining streets and sidewalks, police control, keeping drugs off our streets with the efforts of the state and county law enforcement and much more that goes along with upkeeping a village. As far as I can see the Towns can more than certainly handle that as they are already doing it now. So at this point in time there is NO reason to have the Village. It is just a waste of taxpayers money. The only fluff off's I see are village employees driving around stopped at banks, local gas stations and stores chit chatting, smoking cigs and doing their personal banking on off hours. What is there to maintain in this village to justify a full staff 5-7 days a week? I can see a water & sewer staff. A sidewalk and lawn mowing staff or plowing. Garbage is useless as I do not believe the towns have that. It is not a service provided if you are paying for it. Look at how many times one office employee goes outside in a day to smoke cigs? The mayor. Well, that is another story. Have a drink on me.
Village resident

Old Forge, NY

#4 Sep 10, 2012
It is just a layer of government. Garbage pickup is $3/bag. We get absolutely nothing but pay for towards the staff's retirement. No need for them. Town of Ausable and Town of Chesterfield can handle this. Please read all info......comment to myself was from a village worker....I believe the personal service will be missed. You've got to be kidding, the only service I get or see of Village workers is to pay that damned tax which keeps them in office.
Village resident too

Gloversville, NY

#5 Sep 10, 2012
Village resident wrote:
It is just a layer of government. Garbage pickup is $3/bag. We get absolutely nothing but pay for towards the staff's retirement. No need for them. Town of Ausable and Town of Chesterfield can handle this. Please read all info......comment to myself was from a village worker....I believe the personal service will be missed. You've got to be kidding, the only service I get or see of Village workers is to pay that damned tax which keeps them in office.
Very correcto mundo. The only service we get is friendly service from a wonderful person, Mary in the office whom would be missed greatly and would actually feel sorry for but know she could easily get another job in hopes with the Town of Ausable or Chesterfield. Other than that most pay for their own garbage service elsewhere such as Northern or one of those companies. The only sidewalks maintained are from the old high school straight down and on the main streets. Other than that I believe the great people of the Village are starting to wake up and realize with this economy and judging from villages around being dissolved we have toooooo much government. Consolidation of services is what is needed in these times. Either way with any vote it is up to the people. I just hope it comes to a vote to let the people decide rather than once again a split board and a tie breaker from a mayor who will vote not to bring to a vote. This should be interesting and time will tell. In the meantime keep spending your $3 a bag of garbage and village tax, water & sewer bill.
knowledged

Plattsburgh, NY

#6 Sep 11, 2012
Keeseville people are given a once in a lifetime option to make a change. The state is giving them the tools to act. You would expect their representatives to look out for their best interest,and not their greedy personal gain. Not the case in Keeseville, That mayor could care less about the people and a couple of those board members are unpredictable as well.
Village resident

Old Forge, NY

#7 Sep 16, 2012
knowledged wrote:
Keeseville people are given a once in a lifetime option to make a change. The state is giving them the tools to act. You would expect their representatives to look out for their best interest,and not their greedy personal gain. Not the case in Keeseville, That mayor could care less about the people and a couple of those board members are unpredictable as well.
The mayor should not be leaning one way or the other. It should be up to the people. The problem with the board is always split. Two up the mayor's behind and the others followers and not a one could care less about the people of the village. They all want to keep their jobs and health insurance. Who wouldn't making that kind of money for the little hours put in. When I say this is look at the hourly rate divided by the time spent. The problem is I do not hear anything job breaking ground in the Town's either. They are all the same. Not a one village or town really get anything for their money other than maybe the roads maintained. Remember we are only getting water, sewer and garbage and actually not getting it for free as paying for it. Shoot for the price we pay quarterly I can drill a well and save money and maybe get better water quality. All I can say is if the village is dissolved Keeseville will survive.
Village Resident

Gloversville, NY

#8 Sep 20, 2012
If people could get a copy of year end reports they would see how much money it is really costing us for this layer of government. The BULK of cost is going to salaries, benefits and retirement for workers. The cost is astonomical. The Village Board has some good people on it whom also would like to see dissolution go forward, they pay the tax too.
Village resident too

Gloversville, NY

#9 Sep 22, 2012
Village Resident wrote:
If people could get a copy of year end reports they would see how much money it is really costing us for this layer of government. The BULK of cost is going to salaries, benefits and retirement for workers. The cost is astonomical. The Village Board has some good people on it whom also would like to see dissolution go forward, they pay the tax too.
I believe this might be true in all forms of government. Perhaps even the salaries and retirement of our school officials. Which person working any school district USA regardless of the position is worth $500 a day as an interm Superintent will say? Or $25 PLUS and hour? Same goes true with the US Postal Service high paid Postmasters and some Postmen/Women? Could that be the real reason why they offer part time employees now up to 35 hours a week with no benefits? To keep the higher paid employees until retirement? My point is our taxes would be lower. It is sickening it is not about the people, for the people any longer. It is about Corportate America and Government GREED!
kcity resident

Plattsburgh, NY

#10 Sep 22, 2012
Seriously, do the math, its not that hard. Stop looking for something that is just not there. This so called leader could care less about the history of keeseville. Build a future for keseville, get rid of the village government, its a no-brainer.
knows

Plattsburgh, NY

#11 Sep 23, 2012
He's a PERU reject ask any one in gov in peru!!!
kv resident

Broadalbin, NY

#12 Sep 25, 2012
We should vote no if u live in the village...people outside town will pay less and we will be paying more...wake up
Business owner

Johnsburg, NY

#13 Sep 26, 2012
kv resident wrote:
We should vote no if u live in the village...people outside town will pay less and we will be paying more...wake up
By getting rid of the Village maybe Holderman as well. Who needs another liquor store when you have one of the best in the area Arnold's Grocery who seems to do well by honest to goodness reputation and 50 years in business. Holderman can learn a lot from this business and not hold his hand out for hand outs to benefit himself. What is in it for Arnold's? My point is business's can run themselves and stay in business if ran right. Arnold's, Cathy's as well as many other business's in this area stay in business as they run right. The exception one that is losing business as reputation failing and business practices. As a business owner it is done all by reputations, honesty and not by asking for hand outs. If I felt I was failing I need to change by business structure. Not turn it into a not for profit to get hand outs. Holderman, you didn't make it in Peru. What makes you think you will do well in Keeseville?
kcity resident

Plattsburgh, NY

#14 Sep 26, 2012
Reality check! Its not about Arnolds, or any other business. It's about taxes and how much can you afford, rather you are a property or business owner. It is about who has a financial gain and I can assure you that it is not the taxpayer. You will have an opportunity to vote to dissolve the village so-called government and make the choice that is best for you as an individual. Hopefully you will make the right choice.
reno94c

Johnstown, NY

#15 Nov 7, 2012
If we get rid of the village, we are going to be paying more than we are now. The towns say they will be hiring 4 for each side of river, thats already 8 saleries we will be paying on water and sewer bills. We will lose garbage pickup, for some elderly in the village that is a big loss. The companies that come around and pick up trash are not cheap. Alot of people cant afford 30 or 40 dollars a month for just 4 or 5 bags of garbage. Plus the towns will most likely hire on their road crews also, there's more we will be paying for. Even renters should watch what they vote for, if you vote yes to get rid of village, all the taxes and water and sewer bills go up so wont the rent you pay. I see today where Malone voted and kept their village.
omg

Plattsburgh, NY

#16 Nov 7, 2012
You have no idea what your talking about! get off the couch and go to the meetings stop listening to your gossipy neighbors who don't know what they are talking about! the mayor needs to go back to peru!
seriously

Troy, NY

#17 Nov 9, 2012
You cant compare keeseville to malone, they will regret their decision. The police protection scared them. Garbage pickup costs the village taxpayers for the very few who use the service.(The only service the village has left) When it goes to 4 bucks a bag soon, what will you say then? When taxes go up in 2013 and water and sewer go up in 2013, and trust me under the current leadership they will.Both counties will also raise the tax in 2013, if you like being taxed to the max, then good luck trying to eat while your leaders are having prime rib and king crab at your expense.
kville resident

Gloversville, NY

#18 Nov 11, 2012
kcity resident wrote:
Read the article too! The guy is a creep, wants to suck the life out of what's left of Keeseville. The downtown is the HUB, that says it all about the idiot. Of course how would he know, been here for two years and doesn't even own a house here. An embarrasment......
the town of chesterfield will have a hay day doubling taxes just because and morrow will raise his pay to 100k just because his sectratary makes more than him she makes 59k morrow is 54k she must have somthing on him..keep working it girl, but poor tax payers get the bill in the mail around feb 2013.
Keeseville Resident

Lacona, NY

#19 Nov 17, 2012
Well I guess Meegan wasn't such a bad mayor after all now was she. Now Keeseville is stuck with an idiot who only cares about his bussiness downtown. Look at what he did to Glenn Wood Plaza in Peru. Peru was SO HAPPY to get rid of him. I wonder why? Do you think he cares about the trash at the Villa and Grand Prix? The kids on the streets doing drugs and drinking? Shame on the PARENTS of those kids and the MAYOR. He only cares about his bussiness and that is all. This town is a discrace.
Keeseville Resident

Lacona, NY

#20 Nov 17, 2012
And why is it that the mayor has his kids get off the school bus at the liquor store that he owns? His young kids spent pretty much the whole summer at the store and now after school. It is ok to own a liquor store but there are babsitters and daycares out there. I would think the Mayor could afford daycare. How many bussiness does he own??? Before he knows it, his kids will be doing drugs and drinking just like the other kids THEY see downtown EVERYDAY.Ya know Peru is 5 minutes away from Keeseville. Why can't Keeseville be a nice town like Peru is?? Keeseville can be cleaned up. The right people need to be in charge and not dick around and someone who doesn't suck the asses of the village board members. Someone who CARES about the town and gets the big picture. Not someone who ONLY cares about himself.Meegan should have been re-elected because Meegan DID CARE about Keeseille and did not dick around and did not suck anybody's ass. When she was the Mayor she took her job very seriously and put in ALOT of hours to improve Keeseville even while she was battling breast cancer.

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