Responding to Barbara Esmark’s May 10 letter to the editor, "Marbletown supervisor can't have it both ways
":Marbletown supervisor can't have it both ways
The towns of Marbletown and Rosendale have shared the Rondout Municipal Center, the former Rosendale Elementary School, sinc... 2016. Like any new partnership, accommodations are needed. For example, while Rosendale does not allow political organizations to use the building, Marbletown’s former supervisor allowed this.
This has not caused problems between the towns, but we agree on the need to have one policy for the building. I thus asked the Marbletown Democratic Committee to hold its meetings in the local community center, as is the case in most towns. The other political parties have been using the community center for meetings, as had the Democrats until 2016.
The Rondout Municipal Center is still owned by the Rondout Valley school district. We recently discovered that under state Education Law 414, political activity is prohibited in school district-owned buildings, and permission should never have been given to hold political meetings in the former school. All Marbletown political parties were asked to hold all future meetings elsewhere. The Marbletown Democratic Committee is the only political organization to challenge the town on this request.
With the challenges we are facing today, the last thing our town wants or needs is a lawsuit brought by a political committee. The Marbletown Town Board and our staff are working tirelessly to support the community as we navigate these difficult times. The residents of Marbletown deserve our undivided support.
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