Jim Maloney, who is a Republican Town Council Candidate, succeeded in the Supreme Court of New York in stopping the Town Board from taking down political signs in an unlawful and discriminatory manner. The court is now telling the Town to explain to them why they did what they did.
It is a darn shame that it had to come to this and thank you to Jim Maloney from all the candidates involved for filing his suit. It seems the only thing the Town does understand is lawsuits. Something that the Town is too frequently involved in. Instead of doing the right thing they consistently are determined to bully people until they file a lawsuit, then they turn it over to the town attorney. Sure would like to see the bill for all the Town lawsuits. What a waste of money and town resources. They had the Zoning Department and it’s employees working on taking signs down for over two weeks. Taxpayers money well spent? People I have talked to don’t think so.
Two of the Town Board members, Mary Cooke & Gary Roesch are also candidates in the this year’s election. They knew about the take-down because they crafted it and their running mate, Mike Madigan admitted to having knowledge before hand too. Lucky for them. They claim they lost signs too... Really? The interpretation of the sign code was so Fuzzy, that when I asked Mary Cooke at a Town Board meeting where we could put our signs, she could not come up with a decisive answer so she said," you have to look at the surveys.”
At last count, over (200) Maloney, Montana, Kennedy, McMurray and Kinney signs were not returned.
Grand Island Democrat Chairman, Jim Sharpe filed a formal complaint with the Board of Elections shortly after the ‘Take-Down’ that will still be heard. Thank you to Jim Sharpe for sticking up for us too.
This is no laughing matter. It is serious stuff. Nathan McMurray made a ‘Freedom of Information Request’ for all the records of the violations that they handed out to homeowners when they took their signs down. Guess what? They rejected his request because they didn’t keep any records or copies of the violation warnings they gave out. Another fact that I’m sure the Supreme Court will find interesting. Well Done to both Jim's!