The contentious election for Philipstown Town Board — at least between Republican candidate Tim Greco and his detractors — brought up issues of Facebook, privacy and closed groups.
To restrict who sees your Facebook posts, click the down arrow at the top right navigation, select “Settings,” then “Privacy” on the left. You can set your posts to be visible to Friends, Friends Except Certain People or Specific Friends. You also can select who can see your list of Friends, who can contact you, who can follow you and who can look you up. For more guidance, see facebook.com/about/basics.
Of course, none of this prevents anyone who can see your post from taking a screenshot and sharing it.
Much discussion of the candidates and election took place within Facebook groups, which can be Public (click the +Join button) or Closed, in which administrators must approve your request.
Below are the most popular local groups, with the number of members as of Nov. 6, although many typically are “lurkers” who never post. For links to other groups, scroll down.
|Cold Spring Neighbors||556||Andrea Hudson, Steve Laifer||Closed|
|Cold Spring Neighbors (Not the Secret Neighbors Group)||615||Bridget Villetto||Public|
|You Know You’re from Cold Spring When…||1,156||Villetto, Lori Marie||Public|
|Philipstown Locals||3,401||Violet Rivenburg, Susan Kenny, Margaret Yonco-Haines||Closed|
|Philipstown Locals Uncensored||789||Russ Cusick||Closed|
|Beacon is My Home||1,780||Cusick, Scott Harrison, Scott Snell||Public|
|Beacon, NY||7,284||Dave Gianna, Keith Décent, Todd Drake, Nils Huehnergarth||Closed|
|Beacon, NY: Open Forum||2,322||Brad Fredricks, Phil Bram, Ori Alon||Public|
|You Know You’re From Beacon When…||6,021||Kyrstin McCabe||Closed|
|Cold Spring Moms||181||Noreen Hegarty-Weber||Closed|
|Cold Spring Merchants||97||Leonora Burton, Teri Barr||Closed|
|Cold Spring Commutes||83||Drena Fagen||Closed|
|Philipstown Freecycle||766||Nancy Lauretta||Closed|
|Philipstown Perennials||146||Cindy Kearns Scott||Public|
|Chicken People of Philipstown||65||Lydia JA Langley||Closed|
|Philipstown Dog Lovers||56||Owen McGinley, Madeleine Sanchez McGinley||Closed|
|Philipstown Gun Owners||43||Michael Bowman, Christopher Zaleski, Jackie GunsEmslie, Kevin McConville, Airinhos Serradas, Nicholas S. Cantellano||Closed|
|Philipstown Debate Forum||87||Mary Ellen Yannitelli||Public|
|Philipstown Bulletin Board||719||Russ Cusick||Public|
|Bee People of Philipstown||10||Robert Langley, Lydia JA Langley||Closed|
|Where’s the Poison Ivy in Philipstown?||14||Robin Gustafson||Public|
|Philips – Town Bear||111||Margaret Parr||Public|
|Beacon Buy, Sell, Trade, Loan, Barter, Giveaway||8,544||Beacon Experiment||Closed|
|Beacon Works!||3,080||Beacon Experiment||Closed|
|Artist of Beacon||227||Markie Baylash||Public|
|I Love Beacon NY||527||Steve Mooso||Closed|