Committee forms in opposition to recall of Palisade mayor
Palisade residents and business owners who back Mayor Dave Walker have created their own committee in opposition to the recall effort.
The committee meets every Monday morning for coffee to discuss how to raise money and disseminate its message of support for Walker. Committee members plan to put up signs in yards and business windows, pass around buttons and collect signatures they may later try to publish in the newspaper.
“You know, we just can’t sit through this and wait for a bad ending in November and wish we had done something about it,” said committee chairman Art Silver, who sits next to Walker on the Town Board.
Voters will decide Nov. 2 whether to recall Walker, who has been accused of harassing residents and businesses and abusing his power as mayor. Should voters choose to kick Walker out of office, they’ll select one person from a group of four — Joseph Browne, Roger Granat, Patty Hanna and Johnny Nichols — to replace Walker on the Town Board.
Silver said the committee decided to form in response to what they consider personal attacks against Walker.
“He’s made some enemies in town,” Silver said in reference to the mayor. “Everybody does. People that don’t like you will do or say anything.”
He said the recall overlooks a number of the town’s accomplishments in which Walker and the Town Board have had a hand, including protecting the town’s watershed and associated water rights, boosting town sales-tax revenue and broadening Palisade’s business base.
In addition, Silver said it’s important for Walker to remain in office because he believes the board needs an experienced trustee to handle a number of issues currently facing the town, such as the construction of a new sewer system and the ongoing renovation of the Palisade Civic Center.
Silver said anyone who replaces Walker would need several months to get up to speed.
“It behooves us here in Palisade to keep the status quo and keep our mayor in office because we’re going to need some shepherding,” he said. “We’re going to need some expertise.”