This responds to suggestions that during last year’s Sandy nor’easter and subsequent snowstorm the superintendent of our schools, Dr. Paul Kreutzer, in some way lacked good judgment and common sense in his decision making while “directing tirades at Town officials and emergency responders.”
As Lewisboro town supervisor, my experience working closely with Dr. Kreutzer during these two events in no way supports these suggestions. He and I had extensive face-to-face contact at the Town House both during and subsequent to the daily morning conference calls to the Westchester County Emergency Management Center and the afternoon NYSEG calls. Both tended to be lengthy and repetitious, but never did Paul challenge my position as spokesman. In the discussions subsequent to these calls, there was certainly robust and logical debate about the town’s priorities. It should be no surprise that the school superintendent’s main priority was to re-open the schools, whereas my priorities were complete access for emergency vehicles to all town roads, however small, plus a smoothly functioning election on Nov. 6. In simple terms this is what each of us is paid to do. This is also what he and I are paid to satisfactorily resolve. We did that.
During the subsequent snowstorm, Paul and I were in telephone contact. Unfortunately, all the contact in the world could not make up for the major mistake in judgment by New York state. The Department of Transportation’s decision to delay work until rush hour ensured that the state highways were so clogged that the state plows and salt/sand spreaders could not reach where they were needed. The result was a series of traffic jams involving all traffic, including commuters, school buses and the town’s plows as they tried to access town roads. This situation can scarcely be laid at Paul’s door.
These debates and discussions never interfered with what rapidly became a warm, productive relationship spiced with humor. I am happy to have Paul as a partner in helping our community.