To the Editor:

Many local towns have a Summer Concert Series in their town park that brings people of their community together for a joyful, family fun evening of music. People engage with their neighbors, and they are inclusive, welcoming to everyone who attends. They are apolitical. In those towns, concerts are organized by a volunteer committee of town residents. The funds raised are for the benefit of their town.

That is not what happens in Claverack. The Claverack Concert Series, sponsored by the Claverack Republicans, is a series of 8 weekly fundraisers in July and August, with music held in our town park. For many years, no pavilion use fees were paid. Cash purchases at the concession stand and hundreds of dollars collected at the concerts for a 50-50 raffle go to the Republican Club. In spite of complaints to the Republican dominated town board, and suggestions that this should be an apolitical town-sponsored event, they refuse to change. It is unfortunate that instead of creating the opportunity for town concerts to bring people together, they are being used to divide us.

Stephanie Sussman

Claverack Democratic Town Chair

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