I would like to thank all who have supported me, shared their knowledge and encouragement during my first term as Saugerties town supervisor. When I decided to run two years ago I chose the slogan, “Stand up for Saugerties,” and that’s exactly what I’ve done for our town.
I’ve stood up for you by tightening financial controls and oversight on town spending. I’ve proposed tax cuts two years in a row. I made sure you were getting the most for your money by bidding out all contracts that came up for renewal. I contacted NYS Housing and Community Renewal to protest the siting of a low-income housing development in Glasco, because the people of Glasco did not support it. I put the town budget on the website, so you can see how your money is being spent.
I made sure Town Hall was named after Col. Donlon, he deserved it.
I voted no for more tax breaks for Steve Aaron. I opposed the “Safe Act” because it was rushed through, without any input from the public, and didn’t take into account practical financial implications to individuals and municipalities.
I fought hard to protect the Esopus Creek from destruction by NY City DEP, and am currently working with DEC to do an environmental evaluation of the creek. We’re also currently writing a plan to identify projects for restoration and prevent future hurricane damage- funded by $3 million from the NY Rising Program.
We’ve been working successfully to promote economic development by bringing new businesses to King’s Highway and have several large events scheduled for Winston Farm next year with potential for the venue to turn into a more permanent performance site or performing arts center. I visited 97 Saugerties businesses, because they are the most valuable assets to our local economy and we want to retain them and help them thrive. We received a grant for night lighting at Cantine Field and are looking forward to negotiating for a local minor league team.
We’ve settled assessment grievances from homeowners and assured people were treated fairly. I went to the UC Ways & Means Committee and UC Legislature and successfully lobbied for County takeover of Safety Net charges– saving Saugerties over $600,000 in the next 2 years.
I’ve worked to assure children’s safety by promoting Carlie’s Crusade and collaborating with Saugerties Schools to do police training in schools while students were on spring break. I have taken a strong stance on school and workplace bullying and stood up for myself and others when it happened. I have supported many community organizations and fire dept. events. Volunteers are the backbone, heart and soul of Saugerties.
I assured necessary accommodations have been and will be made to make our buildings more accessible for people with disabilities and seniors. Our budget for 2014 includes funding for structural improvements for accessible entrances at the Sr. Center and Town Hall.
Saugerties is a great place to live and I’m proud to be your town supervisor.
Thanks for your support, I’d like to keep working for you because we have more to do. We have to keep Saugerties moving in the right direction, and we have to keep it affordable for everyone who lives here.
If you’re happy with the work I’ve done, I’d appreciate your vote on Nov. 5.
It’s important to Stand up for Saugerties!
Please Stand with me.
Peace & blessings to you and your families.