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Middlewood Sets off Shouting at Clarkstown Town Board

The Clarkstown Town Council erupted May 6 into a shouting match over the pending sale of the Middlewood Senior Facility, according to rocklandtimes.com. 

While the board members sparred over inside-baseball issues such as who had said what when, residents made some salient points. 

“How did get from ‘we haven’t made a decision,’ to ‘we have a chosen one?’” asked Stephen Levine of Congers, the Rockland Times reported.

The council members had held an earlier executive session with Wilder and Balter, now publicly deemed the leader among a pack of firms bidding to buy the town-owned senior housing.

Read the entire Rockland Times article here. 

Michael Hull has been writing opinion pieces about the unfolding Middlewood issue on his Patch blog since January. Read them here. 




Lanimilbus May 21, 2014 at 02:17 PM
Not taking any particular position on this, but shouldn't this sale be a conservatives dream come true? Government divesting itself of assets and liabilities, with the outsourcing and privatization of a government program/function to the private sector? This is the very definition of smaller government. The conservative philosophy to governing is, if the private sector is willing and capable of performing the function, let it.
Gloria R. May 21, 2014 at 02:37 PM
where is the liability part, sit back and cash the check is no liability. it is not even work.MWD is not just an asset it makes money.It is a high guaranteed return investment for no work and as of now no cost.=no mortgage. Smaller Govt is good, smaller money is not
Lanimilbus May 21, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Any asset owned by the government who's value isn't 100% guaranteed by some kind of insurance is a liability. This is government getting smaller. If a private sector alternative for a government service exists, the goal of conservatism is to let the private sector do it.
Gloria R. May 21, 2014 at 06:19 PM
Are you saying MWD is a liability because there is no one to guarantee the eternal income. That may be true on the CPA test but this is clarkstown. No cpa's allowed unless it stands for Crooked public accountant Don't over think it L. The govt pays no matter who owns it. try to privatize section 8 and look out. It is not an option. May as well collect $1,000,000.00 minimum a yr while waiting for your scenario to happen
Lanimilbus May 21, 2014 at 08:03 PM
My argument is simply that those that considers themselves government conservatives while advocating for the continued government ownership of a function that the private sector is willing to takeover may wish to reflect on their self-description. The motivation, in my opinion, for their opposition is political. Neither Mr's. Hoehmann or Borelli thought anything of this privatization when they agreed to set in motion the process currently underway. It was only in the face of the political winds that they changed their tune. In fact, based on the conservative principle of privatization/outsourcing of government functions, the core constituency that should be opposed to his plan should be liberals, not self-described conservatives.

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