Wednesday, October 04, 2006

New Paltz board: Impeach Bush

Poughkeepsie Journal
New Paltz board: Impeach Bush
By Alice Hunt

NEW PALTZ — Impeach Bush? Yes, says the New Paltz town board.

The board voted 5-0 last week in favor of a resolution calling for the impeachment of the president. Grounds for impeachment listed in the resolution were taken from a list of 13 legal violations compiled by groups who also support Bush's impeachment.

"I'd say it's an unfortunate time in our history that we have to do this," Councilman Jim Bacon said.

While a majority vote in the U.S. House of Representatives is required to initiate a trial and a two-thirds vote by members present in the U.S. Senate is necessary for a president's removal from office, town resident Bob Hughes said the resolution sends a message to those at the state and federal levels.

"It becomes collective with the growing number of resolutions," he said. "It brings nationwide attention to the legal actions possible."

Hughes had presented the resolution to the board.

Sixteen state political action committees and 24 cities and towns across the United States have approved the resolution.

In New York, the Town of Woodstock, the City of Plattsburgh and Village of New Paltz have all passed similar resolutions.

All members of the New Paltz town board are Democrats.