Right after the regular Town Board meeting last night, Haverstraw town Supervisor Howard Phillips casually asked Hector Soto, Haverstraw Town Board member-elect, if he wanted to join him and others at DunkinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Donuts.
Soto politely declined, saying that he was watching his weight.
Phillips insisted and said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to drink water. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to do.Ã¢â‚¬?
Soto smiled, gesturing to his gut, and left.
Phillips looked disappointed, and I felt that his disappointment was not only because Soto didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to eat doughnuts.
Soto, a retired Haverstraw town police detective, wanted run for a Town Board seat on a Democratic line, but the Haverstraw town Democratic Committee nominated incumbent Town Board members Isidro Ã¢â‚¬Å“PapoÃ¢â‚¬? Cancel and John Gould for the two seats up for election.
Soto did not give up and ran for the Democratic primary against Cancel and Gould. He defeated Cancel and went on to secure a Town Board seat in the November election, along with Gould.
Phillips, who supported Gould and Cancel for the primary, obviously wants to build a good relationship with Soto so that his town businesses will go smoothly, but if Soto can say no to PhillipsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ suggestions beyond the invitation to DunkinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, things are going to be very interesting.
At any Haverstraw Town Board meetings I’ve attended, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never seen a Town Board member voting no to any resolution proposed.
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