Local Republicans should convince Doug Irish to resign. We need a better representative for minimum government in upstate New York and I hope that George Ferone will temporarily be appointed. The entire town is now trying to please Doug Irish and some are willing to spend up to $300 a month for video conferencing for an elected official who moved out of state and doesn’t show up to meetings. According to The Post-Star article, as Irish watched the last town meeting on Facebook (which he missed), “he fired off an angry or critical text message, commenting on the meeting, but he couldn’t be heard by the public.” Doug Irish is now the guy yelling at his computer screen in a group chat and no longer a representative. The local Republicans should acknowledge what the lack of initiative by Doug Irish is doing to local government and should replace him as soon as possible. Doug Irish is taking all of the attention off of critical issues and is just wasting the time, energy and resources of the community by being so stubborn. What does he benefit?
We need real government watchdogs and representatives and not a new form of privilege. Our goal is to facilitate a well-run community and have a more thorough form of representation, and perhaps the new board should discuss new technologies and community involvement, but this isn’t how it should be done. I appreciate Doug’s work when he actually lived in the town, but now it’s time for him to resign and Ferone to be appointed by Strough.
Christopher Schmidt, Hudson Falls