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Lewisboro Resident Discusses Independence Party

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The Lewisboro Daily Voice accepts signed, original letters to the editor. Email your letters to lewisboro@dailyvoice.com.

To the Editor,

The reasons behind the surprising move by the Westchester Independence Party to withhold their line from Rob Astorino and most of his supporters has been well-documented, including by Phil Reisman, “Journal News,” Gerald McKinstry, “Newsday” and Janine Rose, “News 12- Newsmakers.” With Rob having lived up to his promises on taxes and standing up to HUD’s [U.S. Housing and Urban Development] assault on local zoning laws, it’s clear the decision was not made with the best interests of Lewisboro in mind.

Less documented is the behavior of self-proclaimed Independence leader, Richard Rhoades and Independence vice-chair, Dhyalma Vazquez, who traveled to South Salem last week to join local Democratic candidates, Richard Sklarin, Theresa Eaker and Lisa Wickersham to “crash” a reception hosted by our local Republican candidates for supporters in their Independence write-in campaign.

While admittedly difficult to win, the Opportunity to Ballot process is provided by New York State law, so that local members of a party can have a role in determining which local candidates appear on their ballot line in November.

In my opinion, showing up with campaign badges on to an opponent’s political event, is an extremely inappropriate maneuver, and Mr. Rhoades’ behavior, which as described to me was at best, “belligerent,” could only be interpreted as an attempt at intimidation.

While I applaud Mr. Parsons for having the good sense not to show up with the rest, he has not disavowed their juvenile behavior. I would caution him with my mother’s words, “show me your friends, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

Robert W. Sullivan South Salem

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