Letter: Justice Price has served community well

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05/30/2013 8:00 AM |
BETH YOUNG FILE PHOTO | Longtime Republlican Southold Town Justice William Price may receive the nomination to run as a Democrat this year.

BETH YOUNG FILE PHOTO | Longtime Republlican Southold Town Justice William Price may receive the nomination to run as a Democrat this year.

To the editor:

William (Bill) Price, after having served for 32 years as town justice, has been kicked to the curb by the Southold Republican committee. The committee selected Bill Goggins as the Republican nominee for town justice.

GOP chair Peter McGreevy stated, “While no one doubts that (Judge Price) has served this town well, the committee thought it was time for a change and acted upon it.”

Bill Goggins is quoted as saying Judge Price “has been there too long, has lost touch with the committee and the voting public and it was just time.”

Those kinds of comments reek of political favoritism.

Justice Price has served this community well, not only as a judge but as a citizen. He quietly has supported and volunteered for many local causes, because he believes it is the right thing to do.

Mr. McGreevy is quoted as saying, “I don’t think you can flip from a Republican judge to a Democratic judge and keep a straight face.”

I’ve always believed that justice was supposed to be apolitical. People are supposed to be judged impartially, regardless of political affiliation.

It’s clearly apparent that Bill Goggins believes that keeping in touch with the Republican committee is a crucial requirement to sit on the bench in Southold Town. I don’t think the voting public would agree.

Bob Feger, Mattituck

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