Municipal Fact-Check: After weeks of cancelled meetings, a Village shut-down, and a vote to remove and arrest a Council member, the Mayor released a statement. With the Mayor's integrity under scrutiny, a fact-check of the statement seemed important. Honesty and Transparency in Government Matters After several cancelled Village meetings, a Village shut-down, a vote to have Mary Shkut removed, and then arrested, the Mayor released a statement. The statement did not include an
A Simple but Important Question Remains: Shkut had a very good relationship with Pollino & Dispenziere - running Pollino's first two mayoral campaigns and Dispenziere's last campaign. So what's changed? Answer: POV on Ethics. The Question That Remain We wanted things to work out. I know, personally, Mary was ready to put everything aside and work forward, in a mature and positive way.Instead, the Council did just what I expected and responded badly. In fact - many of us are
Contrary to rules, the Council put controversial items on the consent agenda; meaning they would pass without public discussion. After Mary Shkut tried to ensure these items would be publicly discussed the Mayor and his Council voted to have deputies remove her. The deputies refused. A: Mary Strives for Government Transparency & The Pollino's Majority Responds by Voting to Have Her Arrested The Council Majority Uses Consent Agenda to Hide & Adopt Policy So, first you have to
Never, in Marvin's history, has a Council let the public gather in one meeting location, while they secretly conducted controversial, public business, in another location, in secret! Weeks ago Village Staff knew the July 10 meeting would be well-attended. It's important to begin with some essential legal information with regard to public meeting protocols, municipal law and the standards to which the Marvin Council usually abides and must abide. What Happens When Village Hall
Dear Friends, Neighbors & Community Members,
Last week I wrote to ask for community support. Thank you for leaving such great messages and petition signatures. We could still use a few more if you have a minute. Here is the link to the petition on Mary's website, and a few of the comments that have been left for her.
The Council Member Appointment
Mary has been a long-time volunteer in Marvin - mostly as Chairperson of the Planning Board. After careful deliberation she