I witnessed a demonstration of absolutely disgraceful behavior by some members of the Board of Legislators today.
During a public committee meeting, some legislators demonstrated their personal animus towards an elected public official in a reprehensible manner. I was embarrassed to be witness to it. If these legislators had any modicum of integrity they would quickly apologize to this individual. I will not be holding my breath.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with disagreeing with someone else's point of view. In fact, through discussion and debate, even with passionate participation, we have the possibilities at time to develop better solutions. As an elected official of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, however I would expect that during discussions, a certain base level of professionalism be exhibited at least in public by its members.
Today that was not the case. This elected official, an invited guest to the committee meeting, was successively rudely interrupted and openly mocked. Certain legislators seemed more interested in settling past personal scores than solving problems.
Perhaps my largest disappointment was the fact that the elected leader of the Board of Legislators sat idly by and allowed certain members of our legislative body to engage in this disgraceful behavior. In my singular opinion, the county BOL could serve our taxpayers so much better if it operated under engaged leadership.
The leadership of this body must get its own house in order and its own caucus, at minimum, to act professionally in public if he has any aspirations to truly lead this county in the future.
The public official so rudely treated today has questioned on multiple occasions the need for county government. If on self-assessment, any of my fellow 16 legislators believe that today's unfortunate demonstration was appropriate, they individually may be one of the best examples as to why the county legislature should not exist.
In reality however, all we need is better representation. In Westchester, we certainly deserve it.