Editor:

At the Warren County Board of Supervisors organizational meeting on Jan. 4, there was an effort to prevent my nomination of Mr. McDevitt for board chair from coming to the floor. I was able to prevent the attempt from succeeding, but the attempt itself, by those already in power, demonstrates the lengths that some will go to keep others from having an influence on the process or outcome. In addition, Mr. Dickinson made remarks about me that were completely uncalled for and disrespectful, both because I am his colleague and also because I am one of the few females on the board. This is not the first time that Mr. Dickinson has bullied another supervisor or treated a woman on the board with blatant sexism. The national debate about the treatment of women in legislative chambers and board rooms, and the #metoo movement, seems to be lost on the county's current leaders. They also seem to be out of touch with the growing sentiment of voters who want public officials who do what's right for the people, not what's best for the elected official. It can be a difficult, uphill battle, but I will continue to fight for thoughtful, independent decision-making at the county board of supervisors. I encourage all of my colleagues on the board to commit to respectful and open debate of the important issues tackled by the county.

Respectfully submitted,

Supervisor Claudia Braymer, Glens Falls Ward 3

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