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

Peter Tripodi November 05, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Well said Janis, thank you for exposing this type of behavior.
linda November 05, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Support Sue Donnelly for Town Supervisor
Let's go O November 05, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Let's go O November 05, 2011 at 02:13 PM
linda November 05, 2011 at 02:43 PM
linda November 05, 2011 at 02:47 PM
They heard it though the grapevine, that is about right, not facts, rumor and fluff so that song is just perfect for the Tripodi campaign. He is notoriously ill informed, barely literate and lacks the ability to think in a logical manner. But he heard it through the grapevine.....lol, perfect.
Lyla November 05, 2011 at 04:07 PM
You and your ilk will soon find out that personal attacks do NOT work - regardless of political stripe - so sad you have to resort to this behavior which only demeans you and others who do this...also not a good example for children to follow.
linda November 05, 2011 at 09:37 PM
The surest way to kill Ossining is to vote in a child who still lives at home with mommy, has no job and regularly shows his lack of critical thinking skills. Compare that to a person who is a business owner of 35 years, parent, experienced manager, a member of so many community organizations it would be hard to list them all and shows critical thinking skills all the time. The choice is simple and clear if you care about Ossining's future. Vote for Sue to preserve your home value if nothing else.
William R. Hanauer November 06, 2011 at 01:30 AM
This is written to clarify and correct a number of misstatements made on the Patch: I received an email from then Village of Ossining Trustee Janis Castaldi the evening of September 20, 2011. I read it and responded at 11:00. The text of the e-mail indicated her desire to resign from the Village of Ossining Board of Trustees. Since I was the only indicated recipient on the email, I communicated the information from the e-mail to the other Village Trustees and to the Village administrative staff the following day. I was subsequently informed by Village counsel that the Village Charter, which governs in these situations, indicates that any such resignation is to be tendered to and is subject to the acceptance by the Board. Ms. Castaldi clearly indicated her desire NOT to be contacted. So I was hampered in my ability to inform her of the procedural requirements of our Charter. William R. Hanauer, Mayor Village of Ossining
William R. Hanauer November 06, 2011 at 01:32 AM
Further: In an effort to respect her wishes, we asked a staff member with whom Ms. Castaldi was already communicating about other Village-related matters, to have her prepare a resignation letter in hard copy, directed to the entire Board, so that her resignation would comply with the requirements of the Village Charter for the Board to act upon. Ms. Castaldi dated her letter September 22, 2011 to conform with its date of submission, and immediately upon receipt of same, a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees was scheduled and held and her resignation as Village Trustee was accepted by the Board. These are the simple facts of the process by which Ms. Castaldi’s resignation was offered and accepted by the Board of Trustees in the Village of Ossining. The information concerning the procedures for the appointment and election of her successor were researched following her resignation. The initial question of when the newly appointed trustee would run for election was ultimately found to be a decision of the Board of Elections of Westchester County, and that decision was communicated by the Board of Elections to the Village of Ossining on September 26, 2011. William R. Hanauer, Mayor Village of Ossining
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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