Opinion: Supervisor’s bullying behavior needs to be addressed, says former Massena resident
Friday, January 11, 2019 - 8:51 am

I am a native of Massena and I make an earnest effort to stay connected to the happenings of my hometown. This past month has made me quite upset with all the stories that I have read about between the town supervisor and the Massena Memorial Hospital Board of Managers.

I have to speak up and I want to be added to the list of citizens of Massena who are outraged with the unethical behavior of Town Supervisor Steve O’Shaughnessy.

I read that in December, Mr. O’Shaughnessy called and threatened some of the Board of Managers to either support him or get off the Board. I was happy to hear that both Mr. Morrow and Mr. Coupal spoke out against such unruly and unethical behavior. This bullying behavior by Mr. O’Shaughnessy needs to be addressed.

Now just in the last few days, I read that immediately after assuming the (volunteer) chair of the hospital board position, Susan Bellor was removed after speaking up at a public meeting with the town board about a potential conflict of interest.

Isn’t this the chair’s job to challenge what could be perceived as a conflict of interest to the hospital? Mr. O’Shaughnessy appears to be consistently retaliatory with those who challenge his thinking or political positions. This demonstrated poor judgment, lack of inclusiveness, and capricious behavior all need to be addressed.

For all the elected officials, volunteers, managers, citizens, et. al who work hard for the betterment of the hospital in my home community, I thank and urge them to fight for Massena Memorial Hospital. I call for a full investigation why Mr. O’Shaughnessy is so bent on selling MMH down the road.

Gregory J. Cline

Former Massena resident