There is nothing like a crisis to bring out the best and the worst in people. In the case of our two County Supervisors, Tara Gaston and Matthew Veitch, it has brought out the best.
The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors has for years atrophied from a relatively responsive institution into a clumsy organization fraught with cronyism and nepotism. It was only a matter of time before the county government would finally do something so ugly and self serving that it could no longer be hidden. The COVID-19 crisis has finally produced that event.
I would have liked to have included in this post clips from the April 21, 2020, meeting with the thoughtful remarks made by Supervisor Gaston. Unfortunately the recordings of the county meetings, unlike the city of Saratoga Springs Council meetings, are not made available to the public. Even if they were, the poor quality of the audio would have rendered them useless.
Fortunately, the two Supervisors addressed the City Council the evening of the county meeting and I was able to edit the video to share it with this blog’s readers.
These brief clips are very much worth listening to. Not only do they illuminate what happened at the county meeting but they reflect the willingness of our Supervisors to take on the reforms needed at the Board of Supervisors.