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Susan Konig on Tuesday's Election

Candidate for the 9th District County Legislature's seat—Susan Konig speaks out in this letter to the editor.

The following is a letter to the editor from Susan Konig:

In 2009, I ran for County Legislator to represent Cortlandt and Ossining. I lost to the incumbent by a mere 12 out of 9000 votes.

What has changed in two years since I ran on a platform of lower taxes and working to reform county government? We still have the highest taxes in the nation. There is still a board majority spending our tax dollars like Monopoly money.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a game. We are talking about people’s lives, their homes, their jobs, their businesses, their children. Every day this county loses residents, taxpayers, who give up hope that the taxes will stop rising, that the hemorrhaging of our money will cease, that the ever-growing county government will be reigned in.

Change can happen when citizens are committed to it. I pledge to make sure our taxes are not the highest in the nation for the fifth year in a row next year. If I have support on the board, we can do it. My opponent has been promoted and endorsed by the tax and spenders.  I seek the support of the taxpayers.

I ask for your vote on November 8th. My family and I want to stay here. Let’s make Westchester the place people move to, not away from.

Sincerely,

Susan Konig

Candidate for Westchester County Board of Legislators, District 9

Medense November 03, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Thank you for the clarification Liam!!!
Liam November 03, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Here are a couple of facts about Susan Konig's record Ossining voters should know about: 1) Susan Konig was a one term Croton Trustee from April 2007-March 2009. During her tenure on the Croton Village Board, property taxes INCREASED every year. Ms. Konig has absolutely no record of success cutting taxes. 2) Susan Konig DID NOT champion\sponsor a single initiative or piece of legislation as a Village Trustee. 3) Susan Konig's attendance record was abysmal as a one term Croton Trustee, attending less than 10% of her Committee Liaison meetings. 4) Under Susan Konig's leadership, the Croton Republican Party has been sited for more fair campaign practices violations by the League of Women Voters than any other time in it's history. She is the most polarizing figure Croton politics has seen in decades. 5) Finally, the strategy for every campaign Susan Konig has ever been involved with in Croton both as a candidate and as a Croton Republican Party officer has been "SAVE CROTON FROM TURNING INTO OSSINING".
Ken Godfrey November 03, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Who are you, Liam? You sound like a Democratic political hack. Where can we go to verify your information? I've known Susan for years and I know she shares my conservative values. So I certainly trust her to at least try to cut taxes more than her opponent (your client?) who has a record of increasing taxes drastically every year she's been supervisor of Ossining. I wonder, Liam, how many like-minded Conservatives were on the Croton board of trustees with Susan? Was there any possiblitity of her having an effect on the taxes? Was there any possiblity of any legislation that she introduced getting passed. If she stopped coming to the meetings could it be because she found it impossible to work with a bunch of dyed in the wool Croton Liberals? Susan, and so do all the other conservatives on the ticket. The Democrats, locally and nationally, have proven themselves completely incompetent when it comes to governing.
Liam November 03, 2011 at 09:22 PM
Ken, first off I am a resident ... period. I am not affiliated with the Borgia campaign in any way. During her tenure as a Croton Trustee, Susan enjoyed a Republican Majority and Republican Mayor. Still, taxes went up, her attendance was terrible, and she did not put forth a single piece of legislation even though it would have been auto-passed by the Republican majority. My statements are all a matter of public record. They are facts plain and simple. Out of respect for her family, I will not publically detail her campaign tactics, but let it suffice to say they certainly were not issues based, and not complementary of Ossining. I will leave it at that. I am sure she is a good friend, but she is simply the wrong person to represent Croton and Ossining in the County Legislature.
Miguel Hernandez November 04, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Ken: I do not know where you have come up with the idea that Catherine Borgia "has drastically increased taxes every year that she has been Ossining Town Supervisor." On the contrary, the record clearly shows that she reduced the overall budget, cut taxes and even her own salary. Whether anyone likes it or not, she delivered on her promises. Additionally, I find that your defense of Ms. Koenig’s spotty attendance record at Village meetings does not square, with what you call “conservative values” and that is puzzling. She took an oath to faithfully represent all Village residents, not just the conservative ones. However, even assuming that she only represented this minority, she failed them by being AWOL at meetings where governmental policies that affected them were being discussed and acted upon. Her record of absenting herself from official meetings with colleagues she disagrees with should be considered indicative of her inability to perform her duties under fire. If I were a conservative voter like you, I would not vote for someone who cuts and runs from a fight. Miguel
john November 04, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Sorry Liam, you seem to have Susan Konig's attendance record confused with that of former trustee Richard Olver. Susan will make an excellent county legislator. During her tenure on the Croton board, she was fully engaged in the process of undoing years of damage by the former administration first and foremost. That sir, took priority over schemes and the Harmon dreamers, personal social agendas, etc. In addition, Susan is a wonderful human being, refusing to take any public credit for her numerous charitable endeavors in both Ossining, Croton and for African relief. She is an upstanding no-nonsense citizen and she has my vote, hands down.
john November 04, 2011 at 03:31 PM
While I am at it, you are attributing in quotes, a statement that you are purporting Ms. Konig made. From a legal perspective, you might want to take greater care in what you put in quotes and run a spell check as well.
linda November 05, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Support Catherine Borgia for County Legislator
john November 06, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Go Konig!
Ken Godfrey November 07, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Miguel, it's not just an idea. It's my experience. I live in the Town of Ossining and have lived in this house for 7 years. Over that 7 year period, my taxes have gone up an average of about $1000 per year. That seems pretty drastic to me. Nothing like empirical data, huh?
Ken Godfrey November 07, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Retire Borgia!
john November 07, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Yes!
Sheet 2 Girl November 07, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Ken, You are obviously ignoring the facts, just like the Tea Partier that you are. Astorino has not even tried to really cut county taxes. He should have started by eliminating the county police, who do nothing because they have such a small jurisdiction. Then he has shoved them down the throat of the Town of Ossining taxpayers, promising that county employees are cheaper than locally controlled ones. Just wait until the Town of Ossining gets the bill for those cops from Robbie. You'll see your town taxes rise big time. But I digress, the real culprit in all this tax talk is school taxes. When a small district like Croton needs three assistant superintendents, something is obviously wrong. The time to cut our taxes is in May, when school budgets come up. "But it's for our children!" is a ruse. It's really for the public school teacher's union.
Miguel Hernandez November 07, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Ken: If you analyze your Ossining Town tax bill you will find that the portion that goes toward the operation of the Town itself (highways/sanitation, parks, legal, planning and other town operations .) is roughly 5-6% of the bill. The hit you have been taking comes from School and County taxes and although the Town collects these taxes it has no legal ability to raise or lower these as the Schools and the County are seperate taxing jurisdictions that determine their own seperate tax rates. Catherine has lowered those taxes over which she and the Town board are responsible for.
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) September 23, 2013 at 08:58 AM
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