YORKTOWN, N.Y. Having been a faithful follower of municipal government for 40 years, former Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel said it should be no surprise that she continues to have a watchful eye on town happenings despite being voted out of office last year.
"I have this commitment to people of knowing what's happening in town," she said. "Even though I'm not supervisor, I'm still a taxpayer. You can't just turn it off. I'm putting my knowledge and experience to work for my community."
Before being elected supervisor in 2009, Siegel launched the website Citizens for an Informed Yorktown ( www.ciyinfo.org ) in 2008, posting factual summaries of Town Board and Planning Board regular meetings and untelevised work sessions. As supervisor, Siegel proposed televising the work sessions but was overruled by her fellow board members.
After being ousted in a three-way race in November, Siegel reactivated ciyinfo.org, and last month she created a second website, www.yorktownbettergovernment.org , to alert residents about issues currently before the Town Board, provide them with what she says is unbiased information and encourage them to advocate for issues close to their hearts.
"Knowledge is power. This is the level of government you're closest to. I can't affect what happens in Congress," Siegel said. "There's more to town government than picking up the garbage and making sure the roads are clear in a snowstorm. There are many other issues that affect our taxes and our quality of life."
"My goal has been informing the public. That goes back to my League of Women Voters' days," she said, adding that she has just under 100 subscribers to her ciyinfo.org website.
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