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Letter To The Editor: Are Politicians Smothering Yorktown?

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace
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It has been recently reported that invasive species of vines are spreading throughout Yorktown and are causing great damage.

These vines are taking over, then smothering and strangling trees throughout Yorktown’s wooded areas.

Ordinary citizens were urged to prune now to prevent irreversible damage in the future. Is this a metaphor for what’s happening in Yorktown politics?

Are overreaching politicians becoming Yorktown’s proverbial vines?

Many feel that the Town Board is imposing its will and forcibly bending Yorktown in a direction many residents feel is wrong, especially in its commercial area.

Both Sen. Terrance Murphy and Supervisor Michael Grace have a vested interest in the fortunes of Yorktown's commercial district rooted in their ownership of several properties on that strip. Have the public and private interest of a few politicians become so tangled and intertwined as to smother the best interest of ordinary residents of Yorktown?

It seems like political tentacles have indiscriminately spread throughout every facet of our daily lives from regulating who can sell a puppy to ironically making tree laws.

We do have to prune now to save the future. Vote.

David Witkowich

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