This letter is in response to the letter recently published online and in the Express by our soon-to-be-past mayor and village administrator.


We should all be appalled and embarrassed at how an elected and appointed official chose to respond to an issue raised by a village resident and business owner.

This letter is in response to the letter recently published online and in the Express by our soon-to-be-past mayor and village administrator.

We should all be appalled and embarrassed at how an elected and appointed official chose to respond to an issue raised by a village resident and business owner. While it may be true some of the facts raised by Mr. Tracy were not accurate, it is unacceptable for public officials to make personal derogatory remarks about that individual and his business (these comments are not contained in the abbreviated version published in the paper, so you need to read the full article on the village website www.dansvilleny.org). Editor's note: The letter at the village's website has since been removed.

Our public representatives should be receptive to all input raised by residents in our community. For too long, we have had too many armchair quarterbacks second-guessing what is (or is not) happening in the village. If a resident attempts to raise awareness to an issue (with or without facts) it is up to our representatives to respond only with facts. We need to have more people involved, not discouraged from being involved. Making sarcastic comments about Mr. Tracy’s family business and referring to him as a spoiled daddy’s boy is childlike and a public apology, at a minimum, should be made. I am not sure of the exact amount, but knowing the size of the Tracy businesses in Dansville along with their personal residence, I would have to think they pay a very substantial tax in our community. Instead of making sarcastic comments about their business, the focus of our public officials should be helping such businesses grow. Did these officials forget who pays their wages?

What is still unknown to many of the village residents through these letters is; was a value added analysis conducted by the village engineering firm outlining the various options on the table for the wastewater treatment plant, the true costs of those options, and the pros and cons associated with each option? Were there any detailed costs discussions held with the County Water Authority regarding this potential option and its future impact? One would hope that for $80,000-plus, this was completed. Subsequent to this, why were there not public hearings outlining these options for the residents to review? We were all invited to two public hearing around the consolidation study which in pure dollars has a substantially less impact on the residents.

I think we all realize that to reduce our tax burden we need to attract new businesses to our community and ensure we maintain our assessed home values. If I were an outsider considering Dansville as new location for my business or my home, I would do some homework prior to making a decision. This recent outburst and past board actions, coupled with our tax rates and soon to be massive increase in water bills, would certainly not tip my decision towards Dansville. Hopefully our new village board will focus on addressing these shortcomings.

— Shane FitzPatrick, Dansville