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Question of Trust

Former Village of Ossining Trustee Janis Castaldi questions an incident that occurred during her resignation.

I have been wondering about an incident that occurred concerning my resignation that has recently become troubling.

I would like to clarify that my resignation was accepted by Mayor Hanauer on September 20th via email. I was asked to put my resignation in writing and I did so; dated September 20th.

I then received a phone call asking if I would change the date to the 22nd. The explanation was vague and unclear. Having trusted people I worked alongside over 3 years, I did change my resignation date and failed to look into why. I take the blame for not doing my due diligence and secondly for not being a cut throat politician.

I have since learned that if I resigned on the 19th, my seat would have been up for election THIS November. Although by resigning on the 20th the cut off date was missed. I question why I was asked to change the date? Was it because no one really could really clarify the cut off date and wanted a cushion?

Why was the manager's office involved in politics in the first place? Who asked innocent people to deliver the message by phone?

Why did none of my colleagues step up to the plate and talk about the ethics of asking a Trustee to change their original date?

When I was first elected into office I expressed that both my Dad, a Republican, and my Godmother, a Democrat, would want just three things from me should I run for office: to preserve my ethical standards, my principals, and most important serve the people.

I am more than disappointed at the conduct displayed regarding this issue. I am sad to say I did not live up to my principals. I wonder who else did not. At least now I can sleep at night! 

Janis Castaldi
Former Village of Ossining Trustee

Janis Castaldi November 06, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Another long winded well thought out explanation that still does not explain any reason why I had to change my resignation date. All that was necessary was to put my resignation in writing with it's original date. Stretching the truth is just as unethical as what transpired in the first place.
J. Black November 06, 2011 at 03:53 PM
I am as concerned as you are, Ms. Castaldi. Not only does this bother me, but the timing of Michael Tawil's decision to drop his re-election bid for Town Council, and instead, run for the newly created Town Justice seat, which happened at about the same as your resignation. . Petitions had long been filed, and the deadline for acceptances/designations had long since passed. Eric Blaha's name was never on a petition. No one signed to get him on the ballot. I wouldn't be a bit surprised that this also stretches the rule of Election Law.
Janis Castaldi November 06, 2011 at 11:58 PM
I am as concerned as you are. There are many more comments I could make but I choose to be professional unlike others. I hope the residents decide who is being honest
Lyla November 07, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Thank you and so sorry for what is being done to you - and others - sure you didn't know what would happen during an election year...
Doriz November 07, 2011 at 02:20 PM
You don't seem to dispute the facts of what the mayor said. You did not resign on the 20th, you told the Mayor of your intention on the 20th but an email to one person is not a resignation. You did not actually resign until the 22nd when you gave proper notification.

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