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Were you ever in a situation where you where you were making a heartfelt argument to someone with opposing views? How did that conversation go? There is a good way to have that dialogue: listening, consideration of the other’s position, respectful response. And there are bad ways; here is one of those bad ways.
After the recent Candidates Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters at the Pound Ridge Library, I approached Town Supervisor Dick Lyman and introduced myself as a 25-year resident of Pound Ridge with children educated in the Bedford Central School District. I expressed my concern that our town was the only neighboring town not to have passed a resolution in support of the immigrant community to address the issue the of whether the town’s police would request a person‘s immigration status during a traffic stop or when reporting a crime. Mr. Lyman said a resolution was not needed because Pound Ridge police do not request immigration status. I offered many reasons other towns have adopted such resolutions. Mr. Lyman became incensed by my arguments supporting the passing of the resolution. He stepped into my space and began pointing his finger in my face with words I no longer heard because I felt intimidated by his actions and the “in my face” behavior.
Why did Mr. Lyman feel he could bully me into silence? He is a neighbor and an elected official. I expect him to be respectful and open to discussion, even if he disagrees with me.
I will not support Mr. Lyman in his re-election bid. His behavior and lack of openness is inappropriate and not acceptable; I can imagine that these traits have contributed to the slow progress of key challenges in the Town of Pound Ridge.
Let’s elect a new Town Supervisor! Kevin Hansan is a successful businessman with good ideas and open to new ones. He is also a gentleman who will surely not bully or intimidate any of his constituents. My voice matters and so does my vote; join me in exercising both. Please vote on November 7th.
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