I am very dismayed by the vile remarks that have been posted in the private Facebook group called Cold Spring Neighbors. Some remarks shared with our campaign from members of the page beggar description. The postings continually ridicule me in a very personal way outside the bounds of normal political debate. My ministry as a pastor in our community also has been mocked.
If you are a Philipstown resident and are not allowed on this page, I highly recommend you visit my Facebook page, Vote for Tim Greco for Philipstown Board, to view a sample of their remarks and decide for yourselves. [Editor’s note: Greco has since made his campaign page on Facebook a private group.]
I call upon Democratic candidates Richard Shea, Michael Leonard and John Van Tassel, as well as the Philipstown Democrats, to condemn this culture of hate and intolerance.
Tim Greco, Garrison
Editor’s note: We asked Lithgow Osborne, chair of Philipstown Democrats, for a response. He wrote: “While I understand Mr. Greco’s outrage at having been the focus of negative remarks by people on Facebook, I would remind him that once one enters the public realm, one leaves oneself open and exposed to all manner of sniping and criticism. Public figures, even the hardest working, most patriotic of them, must endure endless scrutiny. Finding fault has become a very public preoccupation because every citizen with a laptop and a Facebook account is endowed by the Constitution with the inalienable right to free speech. It’s not always nice and it may sting a bit, but that’s how it is in a democracy during the cyber age — I know this from personal experience, because I too have been a candidate for public office. My advice to Mr. Greco? Don’t spend too much time on Facebook.”