OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF
SALISBURY CITY COUNCILWOMAN
TERRY E. COHEN
August 4, 2014
Over the last seven-plus years, I have been blessed to have been entrusted by the people of Salisbury, specifically District 2, to serve as their representative on this council. Having this opportunity to work toward improving the quality of life for others came not once-in-a-lifetime, but twice for me. My heart is filled with gratitude for that trust and for the support I received from all over the city.
Therefore, I know those I represent will understand when I say that today is my last council meeting and why that is so.
Throughout my entire time on council, my husband, my children and other members of my family have given me the love, support and yes, sacrifices, that make this kind of service possible. My family and I have achieved an amazing amount of balance together to enable me to accomplish what I have for them and for you. This has also been possible due to the support of many people in Salisbury who understood from the very start that I am a wife, a mother and a business owner, as well as their public servant.
However, during the course of the last ten months or so, my family and I have experienced some major life changes, including a recent tragic loss. What lies ahead for us will demand such an extent of my time and attention that my continued service as a council member will not be possible at a level that I demand of myself. My family and I have discussed numerous possibilities to try to enable my service to continue until the end of my second term, but no option does justice to either my family or my service to you.
Often, at this point in a farewell statement, public officials will list a number of their accomplishments, joint or solo. Of course, there are many things I did of which I am proud, most especially working with others to bring Salisbury to a higher level of governmental transparency, fiscal responsibility and violent crime reduction.
I will not be going through a long list today. That kind of reflection is better reserved for another time and place.
Sometimes, a departing public official will list a number of their grievances, but this is not a political decision. If such analysis is to be done, it also requires another time and place.
Right now, the proverbial plate is as full as my heart. My last actual day will be this Friday, August 8th, to afford time for closure of some matters with constituents, staff and governmental colleagues. To my fellow public officials – whether elected or appointed, paid or volunteer -- and to my successor, I wish you much luck in your work on behalf of the people of Salisbury and wish you wisdom in all your decisions.
Cohen – Official Statement – Page 2
To the people of Salisbury, thank you for giving me this incredible opportunity to serve you. Even after my time on council is done, as my situation may permit in the future, I hope to continue to assist you in whatever way I can.
Together with my family and friends, you have enabled me to continue my lifelong commitment to the words of Hillel, addressing the issues of personal responsibility, social responsibility and the urgency of both:
If I am not for myself,
Who will be for me?
If I am only for myself,
What am I?
And if not now, when?
I thank G-d for the many blessings I have today, but most of all, for my family. To my husband, to my children, to my entire family, including those we have lost, thank you for your contributions – so often unrecognized – and for your love and support.
Originally published at 7:30 PM
Originally published at 7:30 PM