Arrogance on Display in Clarkstown

Supervisor Gromacks' Ugly and derogatory demeanor on display with a Public scolding of a Senior Citizen at the last town board meeting


An utter disgrace best describes the behavior of Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack at last week's Town Board Meeting. Taking the position as he so often does in describing himself  in the vein of, a” Career Politicians job “is a noble profession. Then once again diminishing that value and using his throne of authoritarian power to publicly scold, denigrate and demonize an elderly citizen, whose only crime was in expressing his disgust over all the high salaries and benefits, the Town Board is giving to all the unions and themselves.

This senior citizen, believes he can no longer afford to live in a community that is intent on making this town only affordable to the town employees who are over compensated for their jobs.  Higher Taxes and debt seem to be an attempt  to achieve the number one spot for highest taxed town in the country. Supervisor Gromack’s description of Police salaries as being “obscene” and placing blame on his predecessor is true, but he continues on with this obscenity, while trying his best to hide it.

Town Board meetings are in constant violation in the spirit of the N. Y. State Open Meetings Law. Deliberately hiding PBA and CSEA contract settlements in non descript language added to agenda items at the very last minute. This is done in an attempt to avoid public comment. Continuing  these violations as they often do with a lack of transparency by having no public deliberations on any subject item.

They all then display a public epiphany and vote Yes in rapid fire on every spending initiative. The recent hiring of 8 or what they will not say yet is 10 more police officers is a career politicians Jedi mind trick to make you believe by hiring these officers will be a cost savings over the already overly obscene salaries the retiring officers are paid. We have an average officers salary for 2012 at $179,688.55 an increase of $25,476 for each one over 2011, What do you surmise 2013 will  bring? 

Certainly the pensions for each of these recent retirees will be approaching $200,000 for one person. These new hires with a little overtime and guaranteed benefits will achieve six figure salary payouts in their first year or two. These claimed savings will only be an anomoly for a very short period of time. Don't be fooled by their one sided statistics.

Keep listening and believing the Jedi mind tricks and you to, will be taxed out of your home. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next Gromack Decree will be to even eliminate the " Public Comment " from Town Board Meetings. We know now the kitchen is getting to hot for him and exposing his arrogant displays of emotion at the expense of indefensible senior citizens, coupled with the desire for absolute power this Supervisor is intent  on achieving, will ultimately corrupt us all. Dictatorships should never be tolerated in a republic. 

I would urge all interested citizens to witness for their own edification, come out for the next Town Board Meeting on March 7th at 8pm, Town Hall, Maple Ave.                                                                                                                   


Frank Grandel  ( President / Clarkstown Taxpayers )                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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amy durbin February 21, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Apparently the CD of the Town Board Meeting containing Gromack's melt down is unavailable because the "tape was damaged". I wonder how that happened. @Clarkstown Life: you would be taken more seriously if you used your real name.
Michael N. Hull February 21, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Clarkstown Life: I have never given a moment's thought about your opinion whether or not I am the "smartest guy in the room". But I am "smart" enough to know that Newsday reported Gromack ridiculed a person who spoke about the police and their high salaries, calling the questions "disingenuous" and "unintelligent." "It's not productive to have this continuous dialogue," he said regarding the police. "I'm not going to go back and forth in this dialogue we've been in for 4 years." Gromack's statement is disgraceful. He was elected to serve those who ask questions. To refer to a question as "unintelligent" is arrogance run riot. The Supervisor 'serves', he does not 'rule'. He has forgotten that. I would remind you that he is the one who first called police salaries "obscene". "Gromack blamed the situation on previous administrations, which allowed salaries to balloon. During his years in office, he said, he has been working to limit overtime. “I inherited these OBSCENE salaries, and I’ve been attempting to turn them around and bring some SANITY to the salary structure of our police." http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/nyregion/03clarkstown.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Those who question him ask "unintelligent" questions and make "wild accusations"? Mr. Gromack should let an auditor ask some "unintelligent" questions about police overtime. Will he or won't he? That is a "smart" question!
Richard Klinzman February 24, 2013 at 04:49 PM
It's always at these times, confronting an unaccountable and rude career politician, when w should ask ourselves, "How did we get to this point?" It's never too late to throw the crybaby out with the bathwater. Keep this poor behavior in mind at the time of the next election. Also keep in mind the set in stone mentality of the party that thrust this type of individual on the public. What I have found is that each party has a Lego game plan. Once Gromack is gone, watch out for the next interchangeable game piece. The next candidate will be just like the last. Anyone feeling ashamed of Gromack's histrionics should know, his anointed successor will be the same. Change parties frequently. Pay attention daily. Politician's are not in the game to help the citizenry be successful, only themselves.
Richard Klinzman February 24, 2013 at 05:02 PM
What is humorous is the irony that the name "Brian" is an anagram for "brain" yet there is no indication there is one at work here.
Helene Feigelman February 28, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Dear Mr. Hull, I agree with you fully. Gromack should be gotten rid of. Why did you think that I though any differently?


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