Sussman censure showdown set at Monday's Board meeting
The Village Board Monday is expected to discuss and vote on a “Resolution Reprimanding Village President Beverly Sussman” for remarks she made during the recent campaign about former Village Board President Jeff Braiman and Mike Terson who opposed her during the April 2 election for Village Board President. The three-page resolution is based on the development in December 2009 “...creating a Code of Behavior and Conduct for elected and appointed officials…” If the resolution is adopted, it will be the second time a Village Board president has been censured.
Former Village Board President Elliott Hartstein was censured after the 2010 after he mocked former Trustee Lisa Stone after she was removed from the position by recall vote.
The resolution (which can be found at April 15 agenda) specifically cites Sussman’s comments to the Daily Herald and Journal-Topics after the April 2 election in which she said “I feel social media played a very big part in this race—a very negative part,’ she said, taking particular aim at comments from former village president Jeffrey Braiman, who publicly endorsed Terson. “And his comments were disgusting and untrue,” she said…
Trustee Joanne Johnson told the Daily Herald that “…"Her remarks reflected poorly on the village and the people who supported her during the election," Johnson said. "I was surprised that our village president and the leader of our community would speak in such a manner and would not have been prepared on election night to handle any outcome." Colleague Eric Smith, who won re-election April 9, told the Herald that in addition to the apology Sussman reportedly made to Board members, more is needed. “I responded to that and I told her I accept her apology, but I think the apology needs to be done to the residents," Smith said. "She needs to make it right. She needs to do that in all mediums."
Trustee Lester Ottenheimer III told the Herald that "For us to sit by and do nothing would mean that we condone what she said," he said. "It's a shame. Nobody likes to do this. The board can't sit back and say, "It's OK. She can do that.' We can't condone that type of behavior."
Buffalo Grove News and Info (BGNI) contacted Johnson, Smith and Ottenheimer for additional comments, however all three did not respond.
When contacted, Sussman told BGNI that “I already apologized in the newspaper article.”
That apology, as reported in both the Daily Herald and Journal-Topics, was “I represent the village of Buffalo Grove, all our residents and the board and the staff, and I must always be professional," she said. "I must always try to tie the community together. We all have to work together and there should be no negativity, but especially on election night. There was no place for that and it should not have happened. It did, and I apologize for that."
Trustee Andrew Stein told the Journal-Topics that “I am disappointed that Beverly’s emotion on election night led her to say what she said.” He will not be at Monday’s Board meeting. Stein, a staunch supporter of Sussman, added that he would not vote in favor of the resolution because Sussman’s comments “were not premeditated.”
Outgoing trustee Jeff Berman called Sussman’s comments ““profoundly stupid,” adding that he expected the matter to be “resolved” on Monday. “It casts her and the board and the village in negative light when at a time she could have chosen a different path far more typical of a prevailing candidate on an election night,” Berman told the Journal-Topics.
The Daily Herald’s coverage can be found at Trustees prepared.. while reporting by the Journal-Topics is at Buffalo Grove Board Looks...
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In a quiet week, among the calls Buffalo Grove Police responded to included:
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The District 103 PTO is sponsoring a parent education event, "Keep Calm & Carry On...Helping Children Cope with Stress & Identifying Anxiety and Depression in Our Youth" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Daniel Wright Junior High School cafeteria. To learn more about the qualification of speaker Mark Reinecke, PhD., please visit the Eventbrite sign up page.
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