The same information that Supervisor Hyde told the Post Star, “I could not in good conscience sign my name to,” was also in the huge stack of papers that she did sign last May 2017 and the Town Clerk certified. It is Cynthia Hyde’s signature, not Evelyn Woods. Cynthia Hyde is not capable for ever admitting that she made a mistake.
The previous town Supervisor as well as the previous Town Board, relied on the Town’s Bond council to do the job correctly, doing the necessary work and getting the proper documents to cover everything. The Town paid them $200.00 an hour to do this job. No attorney should file any document or ask a client to sign a document without having the proper documented proof of all statements in this paperwork. In the letter from Mr. Hafner, who is the town’s Bond Council for this project, stated that “we” spoke to former Supervisor Evelyn Wood, and she stated that the town was under the 30% state owned land. His exact statement was:
We spoke directly with the then Town Supervisor who we believe truly understood this to be the case. If we had noticed any question or hesitation regarding this threshold, we routinely would then seek a written calculation by the Town Assessor.
No Mr. Hafner, you should have sought written calculation no matter who said what, that is how you protect your client, in this case, the Town of Thurman, from a financial disaster like this. That is what you are being paid to do. No where does it state on any of the invoices from the attorney’s office that the percentage of any land was discussed.
The next issue is, Mr. Hafner claims “WE” spoke to the previous town Supervisor. Mr. Hafner is the bond council for that law firm, yet his name doesn’t appear on any invoices from that firm until March 2017, months after Evelyn Wood resigned. If he is bond council, shame on him for not verifying the information for himself.
Now onto our current Town Supervisor Cynthia Hyde. Mrs. Hyde had no issue signing the paperwork last May for the BAN. If Cynthia Hyde knew that the town was more than 30% of state owned taxable land, then why did she sign last year, knowing it was not accurate? Did she even read what she was signing? Cynthia Hyde is in her second year of being Town Supervisor, yet not one thing that has gone wrong, and there has been many things since she took office, has ever been her fault. We are all in the presence of pure perfection folks, everyone else is always doing things wrong that she must fix. It must be wonderful to be so perfect. Here is a notice for you Mrs. Hyde, you are HUMAN just like every other person in this town and on this planet, it is ok to admit you have made a mistake or that you were not aware of something, what defines your character is how you deal with the situation and correct it.
After this all become known yesterday, Thurman Informer took a close look at the BAN documents, as copy will be at the end of this article. We noticed two more mistakes or at least questionable issues. The resolution from December 27, 2016, was a formality to be able to continue with the BOND process. This resolution was in the actual BAN documents, which we remind you were written by the towns attorney’s office bond council. The document reads that the resolution was approved on December 13, 2017. This is incorrect information, it was approved as stated on the resolution itself, December 27, 2016. The incorrect date of the resolution is also on the paperwork for the Glens Falls National bank for the BAN as well as a few more places throughout the documentation, including the Issuers Certification document signed by Cynthia Hyde.
On the section Issuer’s Certificate, once section reads as follows:
I would say there are a lot of questions that need to be answered by the town Supervisor and the previous town board. They need to stop blaming the past Supervisor and board for their actions. Thurman Informer applauds the new town board members, Gail Seaman, Doug Needham, and Brenda Ackley for firing the town attorney. This town needs to get out of this area and bring in outside council that will listen to the whole board and do what is best for this town.
So, it appears to be more than one inaccurate piece of information in the BAN document. The residents of the town of Thurman need to be looking at the attorney as well as the Town Supervisor. The main question that needs to be asked now, is why the town board was NOT told about this until now. Why did Cynthia Hyde not tell the town board that there had been meetings about this issue? What else has she hidden?