I have been writing so much lately concerning Gail Seaman that I am getting many messages about her. I have no intention of putting rumor and gossip in this Blog. However, factual and important items will certainly be noted. I will not repeat any one's words unless they have written proof. I will accept, of course, written words from FACEBOOK, as that seems to be her personal "go to" microphone! I will get back on 'Thurman' thoughts in a short while, but for today at least, I will concentrate on the horrible and devastating events in our Government. Stay warm, and stay home, if you can. Jean C.
Having read this morning a “Letter to the Editor” in the Post Star, written by Kathy Templeton, I must agree she is right on with her facts. Those of you that attend the Town Meetings on a regular basis (all 25 of you), know her facts to be accurate. Kathy is one of those individuals that was forced off the Board by the antics of another attempting to return. The Town has lost a valuable Board member. One has only to involve themselves sufficiently to be aware of the facts. I do not attend most meetings as I miss too much of the spoken word, and depend on the minutes, and conversations with folks I completely trust in their passing on of information. I had attempted to get information and facts from Ms. Wood when she was in office, but not once did she respond to me during the last 4 or 5 years she sat as our Supervisor. Loosing Ms. Templeton from the Board was a terrible mistake by the voters. And may very well come back to haunt those who voted against her. This is not to demean any one person; it is just that Kathy’s ability and experience are more needed on this Board than all of the replacements combined. It is my opinion that this was a very personal move. Ms. Templeton, at one time, supported Ms. Wood, but when she realized that her preferences were no longer aligned with Ms. Wood, she left that “side of the aisle”, and came to support Mrs. Cynthia Hyde. She has since been the object of scorn and harassing by Ms. Wood and her followers; which include the current, yet successful attempts, to remove her from the Board. Kathy is not an aggressive outspoken person, but her quiet perseverance, her dedication to this Town, and her researching ability, will be profoundly missed by this current Board. Another personal action, was the Resolutions alluding to Mrs. Sue Baker, who has been the Assistant Town Clerk, and a member of the Town Tax Assessors office, for over 25 years. All in Thurman have known that Mrs. Baker was very reliable with facts, figures, and information relating to their property taxes; and was there to help when the Clerk was not. It was quite obvious that Ms. Wood and Mrs. Seaman, in their efforts during their membership on the Board, wanted to remove Mrs. Baker of her duties and responsibilities. In such efforts, they became somewhat accusative of Mrs. Baker, and her fellow members of the Assessors Board. They strongly insinuated toward wrong-doings by the Board. A horrible and damaging misrepresentation! And as a further misrepresentation, they indicated that a replacement had been found, and a salary had been agreed upon. The person to whom they referred knew nothing of their insinuations. I was happy to see the 2017 Board replace the positions of our Assessors Board and the Town Clerks assistant. But now we have Mrs. Seaman, putting forth a Resolution to return to the positions of the Assessors Board prior to 2017, and once again eliminate the position of Town Clerk’s Assist. Unfortunately this Resolution was passed, as voted on by Mrs. Seaman and the other new members of the Board. Such childish, and ridiculous behavior by someone who pretends to be such as Mrs. Seaman does. Eliminating the Town Clerk’s Assistant, will hurt only the residents of our Town (that being you and me)! Once again, I strongly suggest, the residents and voters of Thurman, attend the Town Board meetings. You must experience the need for your involvement. The next meeting will be on Wed., Feb. 14. Yes, a Wednesday; that is correct, and at 6:30 PM.
The Earth keeps turning, the sky is not falling, and Thurman stays nestled in the Mountains. It appears nothing has changed. Oh, but it has. A previously removed member of the Town Board has managed to wiggle her way back through a series of lies and misinformation, and clever spinning of the English language; such tactics akin to people throughout History that have caused serious disruptions. Please note I am not equating Mrs. Gail Seaman with any National figures of any importance. Just those that have thwarted the peaceful environment in which they chose to live. Whatever the motivation of such individuals, we will not be deterred from recapturing the previously known ways of our beautiful community. Let it be known that those of us who care will not stop in our efforts to return Thurman to its peaceful and neighborly way of life. We must all get involved in this effort. Spend just one night a month to attend the Board meetings, and you will see the nonsense of which I speak. It appears Mrs. Seaman will do anything, and say anything, to get the attention she wants and needs to further her misguided conception of self-importance. She has once again manipulated the voters of Thurman to put her back on our Town Board, and has brought with her those who do not have what is needed to keep our Town moving forward. Mrs. Seaman is continuing to take to the Public Media to harass many who do not agree with her. Her words, her constant demeaning of good citizens who care about their Town, her personal and vile verbal attacks, are becoming nauseating to many. How can one person, you ask, have such influence on a whole Town? Well, just take a walk back through History, and you will see many others. Do not miss-take my words as equating Mrs. Seaman with great Historical figures. She does have the ability to come across with authority and knowledge, some of which she does not possess. I am not insinuating here that she is a bad person. Just a misguided individual that has lost her way in Society. The few people that believe her, those that have put her in office without paying too much attention, and taking the word of others, need to get involved if only to attend the Board Meetings, as I have previously suggested. I believe she exercised a strong impression and influence on Ms. Evelyn Wood during her term as our Supervisor. And look what that got us. But we did have, during 2017, a hard working group of people that have worked tirelessly to bring us back to days of old; when neighbors were neighbors, friends were friends, and Thurman was " ...almost Heaven... ". You, Mrs. Seaman, were instrumental in replacing them. Mrs. Seaman, I respectfully request that you stop harassing our Supervisor in her office, leave our Town Clerk to do the important jobs that she is being paid to do, by the good and trusting residents of Thurman. And I daresay please leave our Bookkeeper/Treasurer alone, and do not presume to know and understand the intricacies of her responsibilities. She needs more time than you have suggested for her position. She gave up another part time position just to be here for Thurman. Her knowledge of Accounting and Bookkeeping is far greater than yours, and her ability to deal with people on a polite and sociable manner is exactly what we need. Your criticisms and corrections toward her are unacceptable; much like your reactions toward Mr. Eddy when he was on the Board. How dare you presume to be so all-knowing of everything in the Universe.
"... and that is my opinion ..." Jean Frances Coulard 1/10/18
THE PREVIOUS ARTICLE, AS REFERRED TO ABOVE, HAS BEEN DELETED. PUBLISHER PRINTED UNEDITED COPY. THE CORRECT POST WILL BE PUBLISHED THIS MORNING AND ADDED HERE. Thank you for your patience! Jean
CORRECTION OF ARTICLE: 1/8/18
Well, as I sit here on a quiet Sunday morn, I can only reflect with disgust on the comments I have heard so far about the Jan. 4 Organizational Meeting, held by the Thurman Town Board. I pulled up the video, and found no "closed caption" available. I had to rely on my inner instincts of reading people, their physical movements, including facial expressions; which I have had to learn due to 98% deafness. I saw the demeanor of the Supervisor, Mrs. Cynthia Hyde, as she made her way through the onslaught of nonsense by the newest members. I saw class, calm, and whatever patience she could muster under the circumstances. As the Town Attorney made his way to the Council Table, Mrs. Gail Seaman, seated at the table by way of being elected to serve, but not as yet taking the oath, shouted in a not so friendly manner "....don't think your getting paid for this...."! She is revealing once again her twisted thoughts of self-importance. It appears Mrs. Seaman considers herself as the go-to person for all decisions relating to our Town! The fact that the Town Attorney was invited to the meeting, I feel, is well worth the cost. He will understand the frustration of the residents when he observes the behavior at the meetings. Meanwhile, the two new puppets elected to the Board at the same time as Mrs. Seaman, have yet to reveal their own importance. Mr. Needham only spoke up to ask that the Town pay for the Health Insurance of the Board Members. Ms. Ackley sat very quietly, and the only movement I saw during the early parts of the video, were to look toward Mrs. Seaman with a question in her eyes. I have no idea, or why, the good citizens of Thurman put these two in such positions of responsibility. During the "Meet the Candidates" night prior to the Election, Mr. Needham 'passed' on all but one question. Ms. Ackley spoke rather quietly and without conviction, so I honestly do not know her slate for Thurman for the coming years. Although, I am aware, and I hope most others are, that neither of these two individuals will be able to vote on anything related to the Highway Dept. as they both have close relatives working therein. I have received word that there was an article in the Blog called Thurman Informer. This particular Blog does not require signatures of those posting articles. I never read it for that reason. I feel that anyone who has an opinion and wishes to share it with the public, should also have the fortitude to put their name to their words! This particular article was copied and sent to me by a good friend who insisted I read it, so I did. My first comment about this is that the author, I felt, was speaking in an authoritative manner TO the residents of Thurman; not to inform but to chastise us. Much like the attitude of the previous Supervisor, Evelyn Wood. Ms. Wood, while Supervisor, always left me with the opinion that her words implied ".....I am in charge.....", so do as I say. (Supervisors have no more authority than any other individual serving on the Board, unless approved and given to them by the Board in-tote. Ms. Wood never seemed to subscribe to that. Relating to the said article, I submit that the author has a rather loose interpretation of the Town Law referred to as Section 2-9: the words "..... before entering into duties .... and with 30 days of the 'term' commencement ..... ". The identifier 'term' is a figure of speech directly relating to the actual seat itself, not the person residing therein. Term, in this instance, relates to the time span (life) of the seat. The person residing there being the duly elected one that will, upon taking the oath of office, be given, through that oath, the authority to perform the duties and responsibilities of said seat and position. Since Mrs. Seaman had not yet taken the oath, when she requested certain financials from Supervisor Hyde, she was informed that at that time she had to foil for any such information. Since Mrs. Seaman has such a proprietary attitude, she was taken aback that she had no further importance other than to act according to the dictates afforded any regular Resident of Thurman. Hence, the awkward exchange with our Supervisor. I applaud Mrs. Hyde for her patience and demeanor in dealing with such a person. Prior to election of Nov. 2017, in my opinion, we had a very capable Town Board. And we had folks whose education, dedication to this Town, and experience in Business and Employee relations, would get us through the next year in an intelligent and common sense manner. Unfortunately there were those who ".. had an axe to grind ...", and allowed their personal feelings to take president over the welfare of our Town. It seems apparent that, as I heard after the Election, Mr. Needham was put in place to avoid an all Female Board. How ridiculously immature. Why was it necessary to remove the needed position of Assessors Clerk? Another move of personal priorities over Town. And if those presenting such a Resolution to save money by cutting hours and positions (Deputy Town Clerk), why not look into cutting the pay of Board Members, or maybe even making the position a Volunteer area? Cutting out the Deputy Town Clerk only hurts the Town directly. It will affect the Town Clerk and the form of her remuneration. This action will cause projects and issues to be put behind a demanded schedule; and cause the Clerk to not put in the necessary hours to complete the required responsibilities. Such a shame to put unqualified people in positions of importance on our Town Board, just to settle a personal score. Only the Town and its' inhabitants will suffer for this behavior. Once again, I suggest that residents attempt to make as many meetings as possible (only once a month!). It would be best to attend in person instead of depending on word of mouth. See just exactly what your Board is doing.
"... and that is my opinion ..." Jean Frances Coulard 1/8/18
In my articles in this Blog, I very simply attempt to give my opinion. In so doing I also must, for clarity, point out mistakes and misinformation, as written and spoken by others. My resources are the Town meetings that I am able to attend, or the minutes of same as printed on the Town Website. I also use a copy of the Town Law Manual, the American Heritage Dictionary, as well as "roget's thesaurus" as put forth by The American Heritage, as resources, to validate my words and support my opinion. That being said, sometimes it is not necessary to use names, and all will know who is being referenced. Today I write about the consummate 'troublemaker' in Thurman. It appears that she must stay awake at night thinking of ways to upset the everyday workings of our Town. Of course she did not do this when Evelyn Wood was Supervisor! I believe she was the voice behind the voice of Ms. Wood. If so, then we can attribute the actions of Ms. Wood to basically be the actions, thoughts, and political opinions of this new old Board Member in Thurman. Therefore, I question who was really behind the issues, decisions and mistakes of Ms. Wood. This individual appears to have a very intense need to control. Her proprietary attitude toward our Town is something we should all be aware of, and not let it get out of hand. I will refer to her as Smiley, although her smile reminds me of that often used by President Lyndon Johnson. It appears to be anything but genuine. In my honest opinion I think she is there to raise havoc on our Supervisor, Cynthia Hyde. I have not spoken to Mrs. Hyde for quite some time, so I have no idea of her thoughts going into this new year with 3 new members of the Board, all determined to "throw her under the bus". Consider the harassing Mrs. Hyde was subjected to as Town Clerk, during the reign of Evelyn Wood. Her courage, strength, and fortitude at that time has told me she is more than capable of handling this situation. But I do feel that those of us that have elected her to the office have an obligation to attend the monthly Town meetings and not allow people of this caliber to not only ruin our meetings, but also hinder the work of our Supervisor, and everything she tries to do for our Town. I have reiterated many times, personal feelings have no place in politics. I believe this individual was also quite responsible for losing our Ambulance Squad. I have received copies of resolutions, as proffered by Mrs. Seaman, for consideration at the Organizational Meeting scheduled for Jan. 4 (today). Resolution #1 is already covered in Town laws. As a previous member Mrs. Seaman should know that. However, they were mostly ignored by Evelyn Wood, so perhaps Mrs. Seaman thought they were not included in protocols. Resolution #9 I believe is also covered, but if not carried through by the Board of 2017, I understand, as it was always hard to follow these reports, and unnecessary to take the time. ("Not broken don't fix"). Resolution #22How dare the author use a Resolution to correct typo errors. Childish, immature, and unnecessary. An insult to our Town. Resolution #ll If it is needed to cut salaries, then why not start at the Board. There we would save a great deal of money; much more than just the few dollars as mentioned for clerical. Also, the Town Clerk carries much more responsibility than the Supervisor or any member of the Board, and should certainly be compensated for such! Why did you (SMILEY) not complain when Ms. Wood was building separate office space for her Secretary who could not navigate the stairs very well. Or when she paid the Bookkeeper a rather high salary for a full week, including medical benefits for self and family? In short, I repeat that these items, except for the salaries mentioned, have mostly been covered previously. Perhaps Mrs. Seaman and Ms. Wood changed protocols to suit their own agenda. It is time for we, as voters, to stop this nonsense. I will close for now, and wait for the Organizational Meeting tomorrow.
" ..... and that is my opinion ... " Jean Frances Coulard 1/3/18
Just a brief note to clarify information about installation of the generator at the Town Hall. I understand Mrs. Seaman and Mr. Galusha were upset and complaining about the workers turning off the power in the Hall, Indicating they " ... were working ... " and needed power. Well, my first question is what were they working on? They are not board members as of yet; unless of course Mrs. Hyde was nice enough to help them catch up on events and actions of 2017. That is just like Cynthia, cooperative and transparent. But also this behavior is just like Mrs. Seaman; the arrogance and self appointed nature that we saw so much of in the past. I ask all to please attend the meetings this coming year to offset such behavior. We have had enough of that in the previous years under Ms. Wood. I will sign off now, wishing all a safe and enjoyable New Year celebration.
....... and that is my opinion....! Jean Frances Coulard 12/0/17
Well, I hear the new generator has been installed at the Town Hall. The upgrade was necessary due to the two new wells that were needed for the "salt water problem", which has now been solved. I applaud the Board for their actions. I would not have one complaint about the cost of their actions. If the Town Hall is a designated emergency stop for residents and others, it is absolutely a must to have the capacity of maintaining heat and water. I also heard, but it has not been verified, that Gail Seaman and Doug Needham were present to oversee the installation(??????). I will check this further. Basically I don't like to print rumors, but I did see many cars there during the installation. I would proffer that this scenario will be repeated many times. This is some pair, these two. The self-acclaimed "guru" of Thurman, and a ?????? bringing up a close rear. If my supposition offends anyone, I apologize. But it is sometimes necessary to "....fight fire with fire....". The experts in California fighting those awful wild fires are doing just that. I hope all enjoyed the Christmas Holiday, and will be sensible on the celebration of the New Year. I also sincerely hope that many attend the Town meetings, and help to offset the rants and rambling of the new/old member. We have had enough of the Wood years; let us continue with the positive and improving actions of the Board sitting in 2017. Do not let the indigent, negative disruptions interfere with the forward progress that has been made this year. (2017) It appears to me that the main goal for this disruptive behavior is to deny the accomplishments of Supervisor Cynthia Hyde and the working Board that was with her. We should have learned a lesson from Washington D.C.: there should be no place for personal feelings interfering with public decisions.
Do I miss New York City and Long Island? .... Of course I do! Anyone who says not is lying to you. I miss the Jet planes overhead with the Ear shattering noise when on Long Island; and the heavy clatter of the Long Island Railroad on the Elevated. In the City I miss the rumble of the Subway beneath the streets; the heavy, jerky sway of the buses bouncing over the "pot holes"; the smell of Diesel exhaust and the constant blare of Taxi horns scurrying up and down the Avenue; it all becomes such a part of life, that yes, the world sometimes seems empty without it. I also miss the convenience of many places open 24/7. One can get quite spoiled with that; it was one of the difficulties encountered by moving to the North Country; not being able to get what you want, when you want it. And the rush of people on the sidewalks, seemingly running to their destination. Many wanting to catch the right Bus or Train home after a long day of work in the noisy City. Ah yes, I may miss all that. It becomes such a part of life that it is hard to accept the peace and quiet of the North Country. I actually had a tough time sleeping due to the extreme quiet, for the first few weeks of living here. And to wake up in the morning to the birds, and the utter silence when they have moved on, is an absolute pleasure. One must be aware of both scenarios to appreciate either. I have gotten so used to the peace and quiet that I now miss that, whenever we go to visit where the "Flatlanders" live. But I will survive the change, as we fall back into life as it once was. You realize, in the relocation of a home, that we are quite resilient, we Humans. And there really is not much difference between us, no matter where we live. We can adjust to anything if given or taking the chance. We become the product or our environment, and I daresay that no-one would be any different than the other if relocation became necessary. I look forward to the New Year, and my relocation back to Long Island; and yet I dread leaving the North Country. I hope the Town of Thurman can sweep the past under the rug. Working together in a civil and responsible manner. Understanding each other and accepting each other on a level ground; accepting that opinions may differ, but there is more than one path to the goal. If Thurman residents can accomplish that, then I truly believe that once again it will be ".... almost Heaven .... ".
PEACE ON EARTH! GOOD WILL TO ALL! ....... HOWEVER, I THINK NOT IN THURMAN. IT SEEMS WE ARE HEADED FOR A DIFFICULT TIME. MRS. GAIL SEAMAN HAS BEEN ABLE TO CONVINCE VOTERS THAT THEY NEED HER ON THE TOWN BOARD. DO YOU THINK MAYBE THERE IS A CONNECTION TO SENATOR SCHUMER, OR NANCY POLOSI? I'M SURE THERE ISN'T. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO "TROUBLEMAKERS", I THINK OUR PREVIOUS SUPERVISOR MAY HAVE HAD THE REAL ONE ON THE BOARD RIGHT NEXT TO HER!; PERHAPS, FROM A DISTANCE, THE GROUP OF TAXPAYER/RESIDENTS THAT WAS ORIGINALLY CITED AS TROUBLEMAKERS, COULD SEE THE REAL PICTURE FROM THEIR VANTAGE POINT IN THE PUBLIC MEETINGS. THE ACTIONS AND DEMEANOR OF MRS. SEAMAN HAS BEEN ETCHED INTO OUR MEMORIES, AND NOW WE SEE IT AGAIN. AS A NEIGHBOR AND CLOSE ACQUAINTANCE OF MS. WOOD, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT MRS. SEAMAN HAD A GREAT DEAL OF INFLUENCE ON MS. WOOD. SHE DIDN'T DO MUCH, AND DIDN'T SAY MUCH, BUT HER FACIAL EXPRESSIONS AND HER RABID TORMENTING OF OUR TOWN CLERK, IN GENERAL, CERTAINLY PAINTED A PICTURE OF RUDENESS, ANGER, AND HOSTILITY. HER REACTION TO COUNCILMAN EDDY, WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A BLIGHT ON THE DEMEANOR OF THE THURMAN TOWN BOARD; AS A TRUTH IN FACT, MR. EDDY HAD HIS DUCKS IN A ROW, WHILE MRS. SEAMAN COULDN'T EVEN FIND THE POND. AND NOW, IT IS SHOWING AGAIN DURING THE MEETINGS; SINCE SHE LOST HER SEAT ON THE BOARD IN THE ELECTION OF 2016, SHE HAS BEEN ATTENDING THE MEETINGS REGULARLY. DURING THESE ATTENDANCES SHE HAS BEEN DISRUPTIVE, LOUD, AND ANTAGONIZING. HOWEVER, THE ELECTION OF 2017 HAS GIVEN THIS TOWN REASON TO BE WARY, AS MRS. SEAMAN IS NOW BACK ON THE BOARD. I HOPE THAT SHE DOES NOT FEEL THAT AS A MEMBER OF THE COUNTY ETHICS COMMITTEE, SHE HAS A RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY TO POLICE THE ETHICS OF ALL. SHE MUST REMEMBER SHE IS NOT THE COMMITTEE, SHE IS ONLY ONE ON THE COMMITTEE. PERHAPS THE COUNTY SHOULD LOOK CLOSELY AT THE MAKE-UP OF SOME OF THEIR COMMITTEES.