To the Editor:
I feel compelled to respond to some of the criticisms directed to Nick Kapoor and the Monroe Democratic Town Committee as a result of its decision to not renominate John Ostaszewski for a third term on the Board of Finance.
First, any community is best served by an opposition party that challenges assumptions, respectfully criticizes, and offers constructive alternatives to the party in power. In the words of the late great journalist Edward R. Murrow, “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” Second, public service is not a right or entitlement. It is a privilege.
In the view of the DTC, other candidates came forward who better displayed those qualities. Of course, he could have disagreed and made a case to be renominated but instead chose to remain silent until he could be part of the first salvo of the GOP in its 2021 campaign. No one should, therefore, be surprised that he has now officially joined the GOP.
We have nominated two outstanding candidates for the BOF in Mary Hall and Samantha Spino who will serve the best interest of Monroe residents and not play Robin to the BOF Chairman’s Batman.
The arrogance and sense of entitlement of Mr. Ostaszewski is almost comical. That he is, in his words, “embarrassed” to be a Democrat and will register as a Republican because we had the audacity to not renominate him, leads me to offer an old Irish “blessing” used by my parents. “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.”
Editor’s Note: Fred Martin is a former Monroe Town Attorney and the husband of Dee Dee Martin, a Democrat and longtime member of the Town Council.