January 1st, there was a change on the Town Board for Thurman. This did not sit well of course with any of the previous board supporters from last year, especially Kathy Templeton and Mary Eddy, who ran for office but lost.
All through 2017 we heard Cynthia Hyde claim numerous times that she is not the one that makes decisions, that she works with the board as a whole and they all make the decisions. This way of thinking quickly went out the window when January 1st rolled around. Newly elected Town Board member, Gail Seaman, went to see Cynthia Hyde on January 2nd. She requested a copy of the bank statements for December, so she would be fully informed as to the status of the towns finances as of the years end. Cynthia Hyde rudely told Gail Seaman that she could not come in her office and demand her to do anything. She also told Mrs. Seaman that she would have to stop at the town clerks office from now on and not just come up to her office. Mrs. Seaman was told that she would have to FOIL for the bank statements, a town board member was being told she had to FOIL for financial documents, that not only should be made available upon request by her, but by any town taxpayer. As of the writing of this article, January 16, 2018, Mrs. Seaman finally received the bank statements she requested on January 1st. at 2:25 pm. These same documents were also requested by Councilman Doug Needham at the organizational meeting as well as Councilwoman Brenda Ackley, who asked Supervisor Hyde for them by email, which Kathy Templeton posted on social media. This information seems a little off. How does a former town board member have information such as who emailed the Supervisor to ask for what and the town board member themselves can not get the information they have every right to have. Mrs. Hyde needs to come to the realization that Kathy Templeton is no longer a town board member. Apparently Mrs. Hyde has no problem discussing what town board members are contacting her about with former board members. In fact, Kathy Templeton was one of the first people to get Thurman back in the papers, as a letter from her to the editor of the Post Star appeared in the paper on January 13th, in her letter she states that the newly elected board members do not understand town governance. I guess Mrs. Templeton fails to grasp the fact that Gail Seaman has been a board member for many more years than she has.
The next time Thurman was in the papers for a political purpose was today, January 16th. Supervisor Cynthia Hyde was in the Boos and Bravos section. She received a BOO for not turning over financial documents when asked for by Gail Seaman. Coincidentally, this is the same day that Gail Seaman did receive the bank statements. So much drama from the Supervisor for something that took a matter of moments to achieve.
The Thurman Informer was able to obtain a copy of these bank statements as well, and no they did not come from Councilwoman Seaman, nor any other Board member. After a quick look over, there are a few things that we feel needs explaining. For one, where is the documents that prove the Highway Dept. only had $5000.00 to be transferred into their new bank account? The other startling number was that the town now only has $44,930.08 in the Reserve account, which Cynthia Hyde always refers too as the "savings" account. This account has $117,528.46 in it at the beginning of 2017. Well folks, it is in a very sad state now. Supervisor Hyde and the previous board have gone through $72,598.38 from this account in less than a year.
The main fact that needs to be pointed out is, Supervisor Hyde, the taxpayers expect you to do the job you were elected to do. This means working with the town board and making financial documents available to them. Doing what the town board directs you to do as chief financial officer. The remark you made at the organizational meeting of, "You can pass anything you want, I am still not doing it" is not acceptable. With all of the emergency issues going on in this town now, people have enough to worry about without you playing king of the mountain with the town board.
A copy of the December bank statements are below for your viewing. We as taxpayers we have to hold our town government responsible for our tax dollars, if you see something you don't understand, reach out to them and ask about it.