December 22, 2005

Freeville man indicted for Groton rape attempt

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on another incident in what's starting to feel like a wave of crimes in Dryden, this time reporting (in its print edition only) on the upcoming arraignment of a Freeville man for an attempted rape and burglary in Groton. The Monitor also reports on a Cortland man arrested for DWI in Dryden after speeding.

The County Briefs list three events in Dryden:

  • The Foundation of Light will be having a Burning Bowl ceremony from 5:15pm to 7:30pm on New Year's Eve.

  • There will be a forum on services for seniors on January 12th from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Dryden Fire Hall.

  • Two Dryden High School alumni, Thomas Carr and Bryn Horrocks Carr, will be giving a multimedia presentation on Serbia tonight at the Dryden Fire Hall from 7:15pm to 8:00pm.

On the opinion page, former County Legislator candidate Dave Restey thanks supporters and criticizes County Legislator Martha Robertson for "her last minute campaign tactic which included misinformation." As I reported earlier, Robertson responded to a last-minute hit piece sent by Restey (1025KB PDF) that was loaded with errors. Restey's continuing complaint about misinformation suggests that he'd do well to do a lot more research about county government if he wants to run again in the future.

Posted by simon at December 22, 2005 11:30 AM in
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Dave Restey said:


All you know how to do is complain about anyone associated with the other party.

If you want to talk about misinformation or twisting the truth, take a closer look at the piece she sent out. Pay particular attention to items 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, and 10.

You need to bone up on your facts and maybe contact the Ithaca Journal on what they have published in the past.

Hmm... I've said lots of nice things about Republicans, from the Town Board to Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, on this site, so I don't think "all [I] know how to do is complain about anyone associated with the other party."

It's nice of you to focus on 6 of 13 corrections that Martha Robertson made to your facts, though I doubt that means you're conceding the rest.

I don't see "misinformation or twisting the truth" in any of her points. They mostly seem to be contesting places where you overreached in your claims.

1 seems to be an issue of her belief. You disagree with that belief. Fine - that's normal.

3 appears to be a refutation of your claim that "They 'built the tax base' by increasing property assements..." where "They" sure reads like legislators in your original. If you want to talk about tax increases hidden by assessments, look at the Town of Dryden's recent history, not the county.

On 5, I've never heard Martha Robertson support a county income tax. She would certainly like to see more taxation by income than by property, but I think she - and everyone who's looked into it - sees a county income tax as a likely disaster.

In 8, she's pointing out - and this is easily documented - that the areas Republicans argued need more funding are already increasing more than the rest of the budget, and she's supported those increases. Not the increases Republicans want, but substantial increases.

In 9 and 10, I don't see you using 'lone vote' in your mailing, but she may well have found that in other statements of yours.

Sorry, Dave - it's a lot easier to support Martha's response letter with facts than it is to support your mailing.

Martha Robertson said:

Simon is right on all the points above, and I have the documentation to support every campaign statement I've made, if anyone wants to see it. As for #9 and 10, the "lone vote" claims WERE made in one of Dave's mailings, an 8.5 X 5 inch card that I received during the last week of the campaign (Yes, it came directly to my house.). I'm looking at it right now.
While we're fact-checking, I noticed in some of Dave's literature that he was a "Viet Nam era veteran" and in other pieces (including this card I'm looking at) that he was a "Viet Nam Veteran". I know that many people recognize and care about the distinction, so which is correct, Dave? I'm just curious....
Dave, it was very nice of you to write to the Journal to thank you supporters. It's a shame that you (like Jim Rohan in his post-election letter to the Journal) spoiled that nice sentiment with your attack on me. Given the margin of the vote, including the fact that I improved my numbers in every sector of District 13 over the last election, I think it's pretty clear which of us the voters believe.