All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Update: 3/6/13: Dan Losquadro won the election last evening. Kathy Walsh conceded at 11:00 pm and we’re glad. She represented a conflict of interests.
Original Story: 3/3/13: Brookhaven, a large Long Island township, has a special election coming up which could determine its future.
It’s a large town but not large enough to owe $675 million dollars. Brookhaven, like much of the country is in a financial free fall thanks to the spend and tax Democrats who have been running Crookhaven for the last several years.
In January of this year, Brookhaven owed more than $465 million in bond debt and borrowed an additional $61 million, for a total of $526 million. Interest from the bond debt reached $149 million, bringing the total to $675 million.
Newly-elected Republican Supervisor, Ed Romaine, is trying to deal with the debt by canceling some capitol projects and refinancing some debt for a total savings of $16.5 million.
The Democrats prefer to raise the taxes and keep on spending as opposed to cutting anything. Their greatest hope lies in winning the election for Highway Department Superintendent.
Town Councilwoman, Kathy Walsh, is their candidate.
She likes to call herself a bipartisan Republican to explain the fact that she mostly votes with Democrats on issues from spending to the green agenda. She was registered as a Republican and recently became an Independent so she could run for Highway Superintendent with Democratic support. The Independence party did not endorse her. They endorsed Assemblyman Daniel Losquadro.
She is an opportunist.
She is running as a Democrat but wants to keep her Republican supporters by pretending she is something other than a Democrat.
The Democrats are going out for her big time. Here is one of their tweets:
— SE Brookhaven Dems (@SEBDC) February 8, 2013
She is married to Bill Walsh, President of a blue collar union, CSEA. He is also tied into AFSCME.
Recently, we had a major blizzard that brought up to 31 inches of snow to Brookhaven.
Town Highway workers drove around streets with their plows up for days after the storm, leaving people with unplowed streets.
Two people who work in the town highway department told me it was a work slowdown and the orders came directly from the top union officials. The reason for it, I was told, was to embarrass Ed Romaine and damage Dan Losquadro, a Republican running for Highway Superintendent.
Ed Romaine was blamed by many despite the fact that he has only been in office since November.
The unions want Kathy Walsh to win the election and their methods are effective.
Having moved on from the manufactured snow crisis, they are out demonizing Dan Losquadro, her competition for the post, because of his unpopular vote for the Cuomo SAFE Act.
He voted for the bill because it extended Kendra’s Law and it included the privacy clause. I don’t support his decision. I am a strong Second Amendment advocate.
However, it is highly doubtful that Kathy Walsh will ever support the Second Amendment or anything Conservative, which makes her the far more problematic candidate.
Walsh has spent $1 million dollars in surplus funds to hire her friends and family, including Bill Walsh Jr and Daniel Walsh. She also used funds to pay for deficits incurred by the Waste Management and Parks departments where her husband is union president. She earmarked millions of dollars for a new Parks Department building that includes a fabulous union office for her husband, in her own district.
Walsh joined forces with Lesko to reduce the Highway Department’s workforce by 20%. She prevented the town Republicans from hiring back low cost road workers.
She was instrumental in securing 5% plus salaries for union workers while Brookhaven is an economic mess.
Public sector unions are out-of-control throughout our country. They are contributing to our economic instability.
A vote for Kathy Walsh is a vote to put the unions in charge of Brookhaven and damage Ed Romaine.