Resident laments ‘circus,’ ‘disgrace’
packed Town Board room, which is also the courtroom. Many residents got there more than a half-hour before the meeting started, and all were required to walk through a metal detector while their purses and bags were checked.
“That’s the unfortunate times we’re living in,” Meegan said of the increased security and metal detector, which she said will be used at all future Town Board meetings. “It’s for everyone’s protection.”
“It’s getting scary,” Meegan said, describing the meeting as terrible.
But she doesn’t engage with naysayers, she said, and she’s still excited to go to work every day.
“I know we’re getting a lot done, I know we’re doing the best we can,” she said. “I’m not going to be deterred by negative, false statements that are driven by hate.”
One resident suggested that Meegan has bought property in Marilla and is moving there. “I’m not moving to Marilla,” the supervisor said.
Meegan said that this year’s budget meetings were more heated than last year’s, when she was vilified for proposing an increase of 29 percent in her salary. She ended up getting a 14 percent increase in her salary, bringing it to $72,500, plus $1,500 in the stipend for being budget officer. Anger over the raise continued this year.
There were so many people at the first budget hearing this year that some could not get in the door at Town Hall. A second hearing was held at West Seneca West High School, drawing more than 400 people.
It was several hours into that hearing that Councilman Eugene P. Hart Jr., after being criticized, said, “Who the hell would want this job?”
Deanna M. Pagliaccio, of Center Road, called him out on that Monday night. “If you think your job sucks, you can resign,” she said. “You can resign right now.”
Hart agreed that it was unprofessional. “I apologize to you for saying that. It was the end of a long, frustrating night,” he said.
Joshua M. Smyth, of Oakbrook Drive, was disgusted with the whole board.
“This meeting, along with the past few others, has been an absolute circus and a disgrace to the town that I live in, and you guys should be ashamed of yourselves with the way this meeting has been conducted,” he told the board.