When asked if she felt the scrutiny of Water Authority hires are unfairly placed at her feet Maggie Brooks, whose husband was also one of those past hires, had this to say:
“Well you know I'm responsible for everything in the county just look at the campaign we came through, some of it right some of it wrong some of it was factual some of it was not factual at all,” Brooks said. “You know what? I want people in this community to step back and say are we receiving a good value for our money at the Water Authority and if they can say yes than you know what, that's all anybody should care about.”
In what is likely to be the last press release from her campaign Congresswoman Louise Slaughter issued the following statement Friday:
"In her concession speech Tuesday night, Ms. Brooks said she was eager to return to work as County executive; in fact, it seems she and her partisan water board allies were eager to return to their practice of rewarding party insiders with taxpayer funded patronage jobs. Today's front page story on yet another patronage appointment to the County Water Authority shows that despite voters' outright rejection of Ms. Brooks and her crony culture, she and her local allies have not missed a beat, continuing to abuse the taxpayers of this community and conduct themselves as if the rules do not apply. I made a promise to voters that win, lose or draw, I would fight this type of flagrant waste and abuse in our County. Brooks and her allies should know that’s a promise I plan to keep."