VIDEO: Exeter Honors Maggie Hassan

The town resident was elected governor last week.

About 200 on Wednesday packed Exeter Town Hall Wednesday to honor hometown politician Maggie Hassan, who was elected governor last week.

Selectman Don Clement read a proclamation for her written by town officials.


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Frank Ferraro November 15, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Sorry to be the one to say this, but the Board of Selectmen did not approve any proclamation to be presented to Ms. Hassen.
Edward Dunsel November 15, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Aw c'mon, you're not sorry at all. Sometimes, it appears as though your only goal as a Selectman is to make other Town officials look bad. Admit it. You enjoy it. And you could show just a modicum of respect by spelling the Governor-elect's name correctly. Or is this your childish protest against her.
Frank Ferraro November 15, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Yes, let's show respect of the Govenor-elect by starting her term with an act in violation of RSA 91-A. Also, if you had bothered to educate yourself on this issue instead of launching an attack on the messenger, you would have learned that I was in general agreement that a proclamation be drafted and circulated amongst the selectmen for review, to ultimately be voted upon. However, that process did not happen. The only childish one here is you Eddie, for you have again shown your knee-jerk reaction to something that you knew nothing about. Maybe I mispoke by one too many words when I said "knee-jerk."
Edward Dunsel November 15, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Hassen? Govenor? Everyone.....and I mean everyone...knows what you're about. So by all means, run to your friends at the newspaper and make more accusations against your fellow board members. I hope your legal acumen on this issue is better than that which you've displayed in the past. But I doubt it.
WALTER November 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Frank Ferraro November 16, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Typical liberal reactions: let's ignore laws we don't agree with or that are inconvenient. The Board members all agreed beforehand that we might not have a proclamation ready for Wed night and everyone was fine with that. So, the law and general courtesy to fellow Board members obviously mean nothing to Ed and good ol' Walt. You two can pontificate all you want here. I am done with this thread.
Edward Dunsel November 16, 2012 at 01:06 PM
You've accused your fellow Board members fo breaking the law. So tell us , how does 91-A apply to proclamations. As for courtesy, you may have a point. (not that you;ve always been courteous to others, but two wrongs don't make a right). But the law? Explain, why dont you. Or better yet, call the Attorney General.
Christopher Suprock November 17, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I am interested in the points of the debate from both Frank and Edward. However, I don't know anyone named Edward Dunsel in Exeter. Do you live in town? You seem to be quite passionate about Exeter politics. Are you a town employee that lives outside of Exeter?
Edward Dunsel November 17, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I've already made my point. Selectman Ferraro has accused a fellow Board member (at least one) of violating the law. HE is the one who should explain.
Edward Dunsel November 18, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Crickets from Attorney Ferraro.
Renee November 19, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Having attended a few selectmen's meetings, I can actually say, as a taxpayer here in Exeter, I believe Frank Ferraro does the most competent and thorough job of representing me and my family. I'm sure it isn't easy always being the one to stand firm on following laws and rules, especially when the remaining board members show no such interest but I want to thank Frank for his representation and standing by the rules and laws as he swore to do when he took his oath as a selectmen. I truly hope when we have our next election in March two more candidates who are as honest and determined as Frank to follow the laws and rules and hold true to their oath of office come forward and throw their hat in the ring. It is a very humbling experience whether you win or lose. Finally, I give no consideration to the comments of anyone who cowardly writes under the assumed protections of anonymity especially when they are attacking public officials. Lest there be any confusion, my real name is Renee and the last name is O'Barton.
walter November 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM
lest here be any confusion that you are a friend of Franks and if he said the sun shines at night you would say he is right.
Jason Claffey (Editor) November 20, 2012 at 01:14 AM
This post is about the election of Maggie Hassan ... does anyone have an opinion on that?
Edward Dunsel November 20, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Frank Ferraro does. He has an opinion on everything. It was Frank Ferraro who first wrote that one of his fellow selectmen violated the law. Maybe someone should ask Frank Ferrraro whether he can back up that claim. Or whether he intends to notify the Attorney General of such blatant lawbreaking. Congratulations to Governor Elect Hassan. See, Frank; it's not that hard to spell Governor or Hassan correctly.
Frank Ferraro November 20, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Because I knew that Mr. Dunsel would not just take my word for it that the Board must vote on proclamations at a public meeting, I requested a determination from the Legal Services Division of the Local Government Center. According to Michael R Williams, Government Affairs Attorney, New Hampshire Municipal Association, NH Local Government Center, "Proclamations, even though they have no force of law, are still decisions made by a public body so they must be voted on at a public meeting." The Board did not vote on the Hassan proclamation.
Edward Dunsel November 20, 2012 at 09:04 PM
You are right about not taking your word for it. But it certainly appears as though you are correct. All I asked was that you back up your charge of lawlessness. You have done so. Congratulations. So...... ......now what are you going to do about it. If you say "nothing," then why was it so important to raise it here? At a minimum, I expect to see a story in the Town's other "news" outlet, such as it is. You shouldn't stop with a comment on the internet. In for a dime, in for a dollar.
Frank Ferraro November 20, 2012 at 09:08 PM
What's done is done. I have alerted the Chairman of this finding and suggested that, in the future, the Board needs to plan to meet and vote on proclamations. Thank you for acknowledging that I was correct.
Edward Dunsel November 20, 2012 at 09:12 PM
You're welcome. "The law was broken" is a serious charge, and I would expect that if you saw an accusation that someone did so, you'd want to see something to back up the charge before simply accepting it. Happy Thanksgiving.


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