Francisco Borrayo’s letter to the Editor in Thursday’s D &C is a classic case of deception. In his letter, Borrayo implies that he is one thing, when he is actually something entirely different.
In his Letter to the Editor, Francisco Borrayo conveniently forgot to mention that he and his wife are affluent college landlords rather than a couple who is “finding it impossible to afford medicine, heat, school lunches and pay an extra layer of taxes to keep their homes”
Francisco Borrayo and his wife, Linda, own two rental properties in Brockport, 202 South Main Street and 64 Adams Street, both of which have 2 units (upper and lower floor). So he has income coming in from four college rentals. At three students in each unit, that means the Borrayos collect rent from twelve college students.
Francisco and Linda Borrayo obviously have enough money to afford medicine and heat. Their daughter, Stephanie, is grown up, so they don’t have to worry about school lunches. So why is Francisco complaining? He’s got more money than he knows what to do with.
But how are the editors and the readers of the D &C to know that unless Borrayo is truthful and tells them? And he failed to do that in his Letter to the Editor.
Borrayo also neglected to mention that his brother-in-law, Norm Giancursio, is the biggest college landlord in Brockport, and that Borrayo worked very closely with his brother-in-law during the failed attempt to dissolve the Village of Brockport in 2010.
He neglected to mention that he lives in a beautiful old Victorian house, with four bedrooms and two baths, at 155 Utica Street, opposite the college parking lot, or that he and his wife drive shiny new vehicles, not ten year old used cars.
Borrayo also neglected to mention that, like his wife and brother-in-law, he has been very active in opposing code enforcement in Brockport, and in trying to dissolve the Village to eliminate code enforcement.
That’s because the Town of Sweden’s code enforcement rules are quite a bit weaker than the Village of Brockport’s code enforcement rules, and Borrayo thinks that he would make more profit from his rental properties if he didn’t have to adhere to Brockport’s stricter regulations.
But Borrayo didn’t bother to mention that.
Borrayo also makes the claim that, “Many villagers are finding it impossible to afford medicine, heat, school lunches and pay an extra layer of taxes to keep their homes.” But he offers absolutely no proof that his claim is true.
People in Brockport seem to be doing just fine, even though some of the college landlords are constantly driving property values down by ignoring the code enforcement rules.
Borrayo claims that “A village government dissolution is simply a chartered corporation going out of business.” What a load of BS!
In 2010, Borrayo and the other college landlords in the village were crushed in a dissolution vote. Of the 1,612 Village residents who voted in that elections, 959 (59.16%) voted to keep the Village, while only 662 (40.84%) voted to dissolve the Village.
When you lose 59% to 41%, you should re-evaluate your position. Borrayo hasn’t done that.
Borrayo suffered a humiliating defeat in that 2010 dissolution vote, but he obviously didn’t learn anything from the experience. He’s still singing the same old song, and he is not doing a very good job carrying the tune.
Borrayo says that he is “in favor of governing with one voice.” But that isn’t democracy in action. That’s a recipe for bad government.
The Town of Sweden is a perfect example of a town that is governed with one voice. No one on the Town Council ever bucks the Sweden Republican Committee.
That’s why the Town of Sweden was incapable of running an honest and efficient town court. Instead, for six years the town court failed to process the parking tickets issued by the Brockport Police Department. Instead, the court staff hid the tickets in a cardboard box under a desk in the Town Hall.
“Governing with one voice” is also the reason why the Town of Sweden was one of the few towns in New York State to exceed the State’s tax cap this year. The Village of Brockport did not exceed the tax cap, but the Town of Sweden did, and for some reason Francisco Borrayo is okay with the town raising our taxes and breaking the tax cap.
If incompetent government, like the one in the Town of Sweden, is what you get from “governing with one voice,” why would any honest person want that kind of government?
Think about it.