Miller cancels debate with Delameter

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By Joe Moskowitz
With less than a week to go until Election Day, Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller has cancelled a debate that was scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1 at Margaretville Central School.

The debate would have been the only public forum between the Democratic incumbent and her challenger, Republican Nelson Delameter. According to Middletown Republican Committee Chairman Chuck Freas, a representative of the Miller campaign sent him an email canceling the debate, criticizing the Republicans for alleged personal insults and accusing the Republicans of “character assassinations.”

Freas made the announcement during a Republican campaign rally Saturday morning at the Crazy River Cafe in Margaretville where he read the email from a Miller spokesman to a crowd of several dozen mostly Republican partisans, including town and county committee members, elected officials, including Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills, and other Republican candidates, and some folks who just happened to be there eating breakfast.

With every mouthful, the audience got an earful as Freas, while praising the Republican candidates, unleashed a barrage of anti-Miller statements, calling her arrogant and accusing her of offensive behavior toward others, including town employees.

He also brought up the issue of her alleged involvement in the alteration of the sewer use law after a different version had been approved by the Middletown Town Board.

Former super weighs in
Leonard Utter, the man who held the supervisor’s job immediately before Miller, spoke and accused Miller of leading a group of three or four supervisors who have made the Delaware County Board of Supervisors “non-functional.”

When Delameter spoke, he talked about some of the things he would like to do, but then he produced copies of communications between Miller, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and Attorney Kevin Young.

Obtained paperwork
Delameter said the documents, which he obtained under the Freedom of Information Law, show how Young, at the DEP’s request, got Miller to correct what she called a “typo” in the law, without seeking town board approval.
Asked for comment about the Republican meeting Miller told the News, “Oh, you mean all of those libelous things?”
Meanwhile, Delameter says even if he loses, he plans to continue to pursue the Sewer Use Law investigation.