If state Gov. Andrew Cuomo were to meet Forestville Mayor Linda Aures, he would consider her an exemplary leader, especially when it came to her efforts of consolidation. Unfortunately, many of the 700 constituents Aures represents were not as giddy about the dissolution efforts, which is part of the reason why Aures will not be seeking a second term.
Larger reasons also exist. The biggest, and most shocking, comes from the $247,000 loan the village has to repay within the year. The cost of the loan is just a tad bit more than the $222,475 that former attorney, Michael Bolender, collected from the village from 2009 to 2012.
But while Bolender is gone, major problems in the village still exist. These problems were not the doings of the current administration. They have been building for years.
Yet Aures, not past leaders who allowed the situation to fester, is the one being singled out. Mainly because she thought dissolving the village should be considered.
She was well ahead of her time. In the past month, Gov. Cuomo has alluded to the too many governments and taxing entities that fill New York's landscape. Aures and some other trustees had hoped to give residents an alternative to the status quo.
It never panned out due to unfounded fears and allegations. Through it all, Aures became frustrated and decided this month that she had done her time.
It's too bad the region does not have more leaders like Linda Aures. She served unselfishly with loyalties to no one. She was open minded and listened to the other side even if she did not agree.
Forestville faces a challenging financial future. It has nothing to do with the leadership of Aures.