Abolish The Town Board
How many more Avalon Bays, Meyer’s Farms or Oak Tree Developments must the residents in the hamlets of Huntington endure before they finally wake up to the fact that centralizing power down on Main Street just isn’t working?
Unlike councilmanic districts, which would have split the town up into four arbitrary districts while still preserving a centralized town board, a hamlet system of government will decentralize power from Main Street and ensure that those making land use decisions face the long term consequences of their actions.
As it is written in the Declaration of Independence, when any form of government becomes destructive “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
In addition, the New York State Constitution has language that allows for villages and towns to dissolve themselves and become part of another government entity. These occurrences are rare, but the premise is that it is the people who are in charge and lawmakers only operate with the “consent of the governed.”
It has become obvious to most voters (which is why they stay home) that the choices we are given by the two controlling parties for public office are less than ‘optimal’. Without a fundamental change in the form of local government that we have now, we will continue to have low voter turnout and ‘destructive’ policies from elected officials who have no mandate from the people.
Peter Nichols is co-founder of SaveHuntington.com