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Selectmen will renew town's trust

Oct. 24, 2012 |

Although today is a very sad day for the town of East Longmeadow and its citizens, it is also an important step in bringing closure to a very disturbing, albeit isolated, event that has called into question the confidence of our residents in our town government. I am grateful for the hard work of our local and state police and Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni and his staff for their thorough and professional handling of this complex investigation and recent indictments. I am also grateful to Secretary Galvin and his staff for their continued dedication of resources to our town that have been imperative in our efforts to regain the confidence of our local voters in recent and future elections. As the events over the past 24 hours have demonstrated, a former elected official, and a town employee who has been suspended without pay, have been charged with concocting and executing a very complex ballot-tampering scheme within our Town Hall. Thankfully, the fraud was discovered and the suspects have been indicted. All registered voters' votes have and will continue to be counted. There is no indication of any other town employee or elected official's involvement in this shameless scheme. With so many of our sons and daughters and brothers and sisters serving in our military and in harm's way risking their lives so that others could have the right to vote, it is imperative that not just the citizens of East Longmeadow, but voters throughout the United States, exercise their right to vote and have every confidence that their vote will be counted. I welcome the opportunity and the challenge to reinstate that confidence in the citizens of our home town. James Driscoll Chair, East Longmeadow Board of Selectmen

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