Based on the events that transpired at the Town Hall during the botched event, it is clear that the evening did not unfold as Supervisor Hyde and her faction anticipated. This attempt to capitalize on the absence of the rest of the Board and particularly Councilwoman Seaman is unfortunately characteristic of Supervisor Hyde’s behavior this year. In regards to Councilwoman Seaman; Supervisor Hyde’s faction have been attempting to discredit and undermine her reputation since the election when then candidates Eddy, Templeton, Harris, and their faction arranged a predatory Meet-the-Candidates debate that was structured to prevent then candidate Seaman from being able to make more than two responses for the entire debate while Eddy, Harris, and Templeton had free reign. After the election; Supervisor Hyde kept up those efforts by making monthly and lengthy statements expressing in great detail her negative views of Councilwoman Seaman; simultaneously denying Councilwoman Seaman the ability to respond.
This behavior has not been restricted to just Councilwoman Seaman; after a couple of months of devoting all of her energy into trying to control how Councilwoman Ackley and Councilman Needham vote and subsequently discovering that she can’t satisfactorily exercise that degree of control, Hyde began going after Ackley and Needham as well. The most visible instance has been the attempt that Supervisor Hyde and her key supporters made recently to publicly embarrass Councilman Needham on TV. This behavior on Supervisor Hyde’s part has grown so toxic that it has reached the point where at last month’s regular Board meeting; Councilwomen Seaman, Ackley, and Councilman Needham simply voted to adjourn the meeting and go home as opposed to sitting through yet another one of Hyde’s speeches on the evils of the this year’s Board. This behavior has culminated in Supervisor Hyde and Councilwoman Harris blaming former Supervisor Wood and Councilwoman Seaman for the current debt crisis.
The most remarkable thing is that Supervisor Hyde seems to expect Councilwomen Seaman, Ackley, and Councilman Needham to be responsive to her wishes now that she wants something from them; despite how she has treated so far. This is very reminiscent to how Hyde complained last year about former Supervisor Wood not helping her established herself in the very office that Hyde helped drive Wood from; aid that Hyde coincidentally wanted to come in the form of information that would have allowed Hyde and by extension then Council members Templeton and Eddy access to the Town’s computers under Wood’s name.