SPRINGWATER – Town Supervisor Deborah Babbitt-Henry continues to defend her near total absence from all of her Livingston County meetings.
On Dec. 6, the GeneseeSun.com released an update reporting that Babbitt-Henry had officially missed all Human Services Committee meetings and 17 of 22 meetings of the Board of Supervisors. On Dec. 7, Babbitt-Henry posted the following as a Facebook comment on our story:
“I answered the Suns negative attack the 1st time and will stand by my original statement. I also fail to have seen any of the commentors to this nonsense attend a single one of the Town of Springwater’s Board meetings which are by far and large of greater import to me as it is there that we address all the issues that directly impact the community I was twice elected to serve.”
Over the past year, the Human Services Committee has heard and voted on several major county-wide actions in Babbitt-Henry’s absence, including approving an in-house dialysis clinic for the County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and ceasing funding to Livingston County schools that do not use Sheriff’s Deputies as School Resource Officers.
Babbitt-Henry won a contentious race against James Bowers and Norbert Buckley in 2015. That year, she missed 9 of 12 Human Services meetings and 14 of 24 Board of Supervisors Meetings. She collects $15,510 per year.
We initially reported Babbitt-Henry’s attendance in October 2016 after multiple unsuccessful attempts to contact her. The Supervisor provided a comment after the story spread over social media. Capitalization, bolding and underlining is from her email:
“I work a FULL TIME job in addition to my duties to my TOWN and am unable to take multiple days off each and every month for county business. This was disclosed to the board at the start. I alerted them that if there was a critical issue or an issue directly affecting my TOWN I would strive to attend.”
Some people apparently do not agree that this is a viable defense.
“Maybe she should pay back the $15,510 for this position and be removed,” posted Tom Restivo to Facebook. “She knew that she had a full time job that would interfere with this position.”