Thursday, January 7, 2021

Local Response to the Chaos of Yesterday

Today, a group of thirty-seven Columbia County officials from different parties condemned the violence in Washington, D.C., yesterday. The group includes the chairman and deputy chairman of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, numerous supervisors, and the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties in the county. Their statement read:
We strongly condemn the violent actions of those who invaded the U.S. Capitol buildings yesterday. This shameful activity is not to be condoned. Lawlessness and rioting are never acceptable, in any fashion, no matter the reason. Our democracy rests on the orderly and peaceful transition of power, and this transition from one president to another must be allowed and supported. While we each have our political views and affiliations, we stand united in upholding the rule of law, and the Constitution of the United States. We ask you to do the same; our democracy depends upon it.
The statement was signed by Brenda Adams, Supervisor, Town of Canaan; Jacob Ashby, Assemblymember, 107th Assembly District; Didi Barrett, Assemblymember, 106th Assembly District; David P. Bartlett, Sheriff, Columbia County; Arthur Bassin, Supervisor, Town of Ancram; Michael Benvenuto, Majority Leader, Columbia County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor, Town of Ghent; Robert W. Beaury, Supervisor, Town of Germantown; Hugh Clark, Deputy Supervisor, Councilmember, Town of Ancram; Monica Cleveland, Town Clerk, Town of Ancram; Donal Collins, Supervisor, Town of Chatham; Greg Fingar, Chairman, Columbia County Republican Committee; Brenda Gevertz, Second Vice Chair, Columbia County Democratic Committee; Deborah Gordon, Councilmember, Town of New Lebanon; James Guzzi, Deputy Chairman, Columbia County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor, Town of Livingston; Tistrya Houghtling, Minority Leader, Columbia County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor, Town of New Lebanon; Bonnie Hundt, Councilmember, Town of Ancram; Keith Kanaga, Chair, Columbia County Democratic Committee; P.J. Keeler Jr., Treasurer, Columbia County; Chris Kersten, Supervisor, Town of Hillsdale; Ron Knott, Deputy Chairman, Columbia County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor, Town of Stuyvesant; Robert Lagonia, Supervisor, Town of Austerlitz; Patsy Leader, Supervisor, Town of Kinderhook; Jeanne E. Mettler, Supervisor, Town of Copake; Abdus Miah, Supervisor, 2nd Ward, City of Hudson; James Miller, Highway Superintendent, Town of Ancram; Matt Murell, Chairman, Columbia County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor, Town of Stockport; Linda Mussmann, Supervisor, 4th Ward, City of Hudson; Norman Rasmussen, Councilmember, Town of New Lebanon; John C. Reilly, Supervisor, Town of Gallatin; Marcie Robertson, Town Clerk, Town of New Lebanon; Richard Scalera, Supervisor, 5th Ward, City of Hudson; Sarah Hoe Sterling, Supervisor, 1st Ward, City of Hudson; Ryan Skoda, Supervisor, Town of Taghkanic; Chris Tague, Assemblymember, 102nd Assembly District; Holly Tanner, Columbia County Clerk; John Trainor, Councilmember, Town of New Lebanon; Clifford “Kippy” Weigelt, Supervisor, Town of Claverack.


  1. I couldn't agree more with the message, but where were these co-signers when our cities burned last summer? Not a peep was heard.

  2. “Our cites burned?“ Please.

  3. You're like that MSNBC reporter standing in front of a burning police station in Minneapolis saying, "This is mostly a protest, it is not generally speaking unruly."

    All violence must be condemned, not just violence that doesn't support a favored narrative.

    Cowards, hypocrites, and phonies, same as it ever was.

  4. Boston Tea Party? Harper’s Ferry?

  5. I'd have skipped both those events, but I think it's good for other readers to see that ad hoc violence (back to the present day) is part of your vernacular.