To The Editor:
Conflict of Interest: A situation in which a person is in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in their official capacity.
One must ask if that is the case in the treasurer’s office.
We have a situation where an elected official is the head of a department that reports to the County Legislature.
Now that alone wouldn’t be a problem but said department head is also the County Republican Chairman.
Anything the department head wants or does is either a big YES or brushed under the rug.
Treasurer asks for an extra accountant to train for six months. At a cost to the taxpayers of an extra $32,000.
Extra accountant was to be eliminated after six months. Treasurer asks to keep an extra accountant on at a cost to the taxpayers of $52,000.
Then there was the overpayment of sales tax revenue to the towns.
Then there was the loss of interest on overpayment of sales tax revenue.
The only people that questioned these situations and voted no on them were Democrats.
I feel no Republican that wants to continue as a legislator would ever question or vote NO.
Therein may lay the problem.
If the Republican controlled legislature feels intimidated by a department head they may never say NO or question or hold that department head accountable.
Now I know one or more of them will come forth and say they aren’t intimidated. And there really are unicorns also.
Now in the strictest sense of the definition of conflict of interest it may not be true in the County Treasurer’s office but if not then there sure is Good Ol Boy Politics going on and that is unacceptable.
The point here is that not only is the legislature being held hostage but so are the taxpayers of this county.
When will the cost of having a County Republican Chairman as a department head stop?
Conflict of Interest, unethical or not.
You have to agree it’s just not right.
It is only logical that he must give up one or the other.
County Legislator Frank Castiglia Jr. 25 District