When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. - Marcus Aurelius
It is with this bright optimism that we view yesterday's election results. Yesterday, Johnson City residents rejected the negative and hateful politics of the Hannon years. John Sullivan and his divisive beliefs were soundly defeated. Even Monica Silas was again turned back by voters. Johnson City has had enough and is looking to leaders to solve the problems and provide services without the petty power plays and ceaseless legal battles. Residents are clearly looking for leaders, not bloviating bullies.
The Village faces many challenges in the coming months. Hannon, Davis and Balles have dug an incredibly deep hole for the Village. Their misfeasance and malfeasance brought the village to the brink of ruin. Slota, King, and Deemie will need to resolve outstanding labor contracts, the million dollar arbitration award, the illegal layoff of fire fighters, and the sewage treatment plant. But all three are men of goodwill with a commitment to the continued existence of the village. We believe that these three will work with their willing partners in the unions to move the village forward.
The days of division are over. Johnson City voters have given themselves a fresh start. We must now seize this opportunity.