After reading Michael Turton’s article Film & Forum Bring Heroin Crisis Close to Home, it occurred to me that not once was our county legislator, Barbara Scuccimarra mentioned.
It was Legislator Scuccimarra who fought to obtain a School Resource Officer (SRO) for Haldane with a portion of the cost being paid by Putnam County. She was the person who made the arrangements with the film producers of this outstanding documentary about the heroin crisis to come to Haldane in the first place. She attended the screening, presented the opening remarks, and introduced the speakers.
On several occasions Principal Brian Alm acknowledged and thanked her for her efforts in bringing about this Forum. Why then, not once did the writer of this article mention she was present, much less the significant role she played? Were these facts omitted as an oversight, sloppy reporting, or as way of demonstrating bias in support of the candidate running against her?
I have come to know Barbara Scuccimarra personally over the past few years. She works hard to help our community. She worked at a local business in Cold Spring for many years and her two children attended local public schools. She has never sought recognition, it’s not her way, but come on, be fair and give credit where credit is due!