One Sign to Rule them All: My Precioussss

1 Oct

Hartzell stands next to his most prized sign

Clarence’s most clownish town supervisor candidate has managed to offend (a) a fellow Republican; (b) a campaign contributor; (c) a prospective ally on the town board; and (d) a well-liked councilmember who is likely to coast to re-election! Bonus? (a) through (d) is the same guy!

Dr. Bernie Kolber, Republican town councilman, sent the following missive to members of the town Republican committee this week, and it was forwarded to me by a disgusted tipster. Shoot first, ask questions later may work…well, it never really works. But that’s just the kind of guy Hartzell is.

Talk about a circus.

Before the rumor mill hits, as fellow town Committeemen, I wanted to make you aware of a situation that happened to me today. I would rather take a proactive approach to situations.
This morning I was visited by a New York State Trooper who informed me that a complaint was filed against me by David Hartzell. On September 15th, two days after the primary election, someone saw me removing one of his signs on County Road. For the past 8 years that I have been involved in Clarence Town Government, there has been a tradition of quickly cleaning up our town immediately following an election. It was a matter of pride in the appearance of Clarence that 1-2 days following an election there would be little evidence that an election took place. As I am sure that you are aware, both major political parties and their candidates would quickly go out and by gentlemen’s agreement would remove most if not all campaign signs, which would be collected, sorted, and returned to the respective candidates, regardless of party. In the past a communal Uncle Bob’s storage location was even used to deposit all of the signs prior to distribution.
Knowing that I was working the following day, and that there was a Town Board meeting the following night, I wanted to get a “head start” in cleaning up the town. At approximately 11:00 PM on September 13th, the night of the election, I went out to begin removing my signs and to clean up some of the overwhelming sign clutter that was engulfing our town. I was out until 2:45 AM that morning cleaning up a number of polling locations, intersections, and whereever I could find signs. I worked my “butt” off to start to clean up Clarence. Prior to that I had joked with my wife that I was not going to remove Weiss signs, as he would likely have me arrested out of spite. I did not remove any of Weiss’s signs, and concentrated on the most cluttered areas as well as where my own signs were located. By the end of my efforts that night, I had an overflowing pickup truck. Despite being exhausted, I was quite proud of my efforts, especially when someone commented on the “for the good of the town” how nice it was that the town quickly had been cleaned up. I knew that I had done a large part of it.
On the evening of Thursday September 15th, I continued with my efforts primarily re-tracing the routes where I had put my signs up. While I was on County Road, I noticed 2 large “Hartzell” signs and a number of “Bylewski “still up. I took down dozens of Bylewski signs already. By this point in time likely combined efforts had removed most of the campaign signs in town, with just strays remaining. Having just spoken to Republican Chairman Michnik several minutes earlier, I called Chairman Michnik back, and stated that there were a couple of large “Hartzell” signs still up on County Road. I asked if he wanted me to “leave them up or take them down”. He said to “take them down”, which I did. Someone saw me taking the signs down and informed Mr. Hartzell. No good deed goes unpunished. While trying to help clean up the town and save others the work in removing what needed to come down, I get a complaint filed against me, and the embarassment of having the State Police show up at my office. Shoot first, ask questions later.
Town of Clarence sign code dictates that the permitted “window” for campaign signs allows for placement no more than 30 days prior to an election or political event. Said code dictates that all signs have to be removed within 1 week after the election or event. At this time Mr. Hartzell has numerous signs up, some placed recently, that are illegal and not in compliance with the code.
Rather than calling me, or Chairman Michnik, Mr. Hartzell then filed a criminal complaint against me. Couldn’t he have had the courtesy to make a simple phone call? This is despite the fact that we are both on the Republican line together, that I had made a financial contribution to his campaign, and that I was supporting him by party affiliation over his opponent, Supervisor Bylewski who is also my friend. I am obviously withdrawing my support for Mr. Hartzell and am requesting the return of my contribution to his campaign. I have to question the lack of intelligent reasoning, and continued poor decision making that would lead him to take such an action. Such spontaneous actions in my opinion do not lend themselves to the skill set and character needed to act in the capacity of Town Supervisor.
I was not going to send this, but the rumor mill seems to be at full steam.I wanted to address this issue in a forthright manner. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Bernard J. Kolber
Looks like Dr. Kolber got the last laugh in this situation.

5 Responses to “One Sign to Rule them All: My Precioussss”

  1. RaChaCha October 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Kerfuffle Over Clarence Clearance!! Tune in at 6! –Irv

  2. Tony October 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    I don’t see Hartzell standing next to his sign. It looks to me like he is stooping to a new low. Bernie is a good guy. Common courtesy would have been to call and ask him if he had taken the signs. But that would not get the spotlight turned on little old Dave.
    Again, he showed a lack of courtesy to his fellow residents. He actually put up some signs after Primary Day to further clutter the town.

  3. Joe October 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Is there anyway to get a copy of the police report? I’d be interested is seeing what it says.

  4. rastamick61 October 2, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    There’s stupid and there’s social imbecile and then there’s politically stupid and finally we’re just left with Asshole. The Doc cleans up his town and puts trash to the curb. Where do guys like Hartzell come from anyway? What a tool.

  5. King Kong October 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    After Bylewski kicks this clown’s rear end in November he should take on Ranzenhofer next.

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