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Longway is serving only his own interests

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Regarding the article on Oct. 18, “Watertown housing developer sues Pamelia, Supervisor Longway for $3.5 million,” I would like to voice my displeasure, as a town of Pamelia taxpayer, at having my tax money spent again in a lawsuit generated by Mr. Longway’s self-interests and unethical behavior.

Previously, on more than one occasion, when a New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled against Mr. Longway’s actions, he has elected to ignore the ruling and continued making town decisions based on his own conception of what is right. He has taken money from the town’s bed tax funds, which, by law, is to be used solely to promote tourism in the area, to pave roads. He has done all he can, regardless of the legality, to keep development out of the town.

Instead of welcoming businesses and more housing in the town, which would increase the tax base, provide more funds for the town’s benefit and possibly lower the taxes paid by town residents, he has devised road blocks to keep competition away from his business interests. I have been told that, prior to information and the opportunity being available to others, Mr. Longway purchased the bonds associated with the water and sewer service available in the town at a cost of about $3.8 million.

He has bragged to others about earning more on this investment than he would if the money was in a bank. In my opinion, if this is indeed true, it seems an unethical way for a town supervisor to earn money.More than one town resident has told me about the conflict between Mr. Longway and the town’s volunteer fire department. For years, Mr. Longway has not passed on to the fire department funds that should have been allocated to them. He has not felt this valuable community asset necessary.

Yet, if that fire department’s rating is reduced due to insufficient equipment, etc., town homeowners could see their insurance rate increased, as well as possibly seeing their home burn to the ground. Much information regarding Mr. Longway’s possibly illegal (since he has established Florida has been his primary residence for several years) reign of bullying and promotion of self-interests has been sent to the attorney general’s Public Integrity Bureau. If you have information you would like to send, go to www.ag.ny.gov/public-integrity/contact for more information.

Suzanne Phillips

Rochester

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