There is an important election on Nov. 5 for Oneonta Town Council, and the difference between the candidates is clear. I am supporting Pat Jacob and Andrew Stammel, the two candidates who actually represent the views of town residents. They have lived in the area long-term and have a strong commitment to public service and this community.
Pat’s professional and personal experience as cancer care provider and mother and Andrew’s work as an lawyer/business owner and SUNY Oneonta administrator qualify them to tackle the issues facing this town. Fracking puts at risk our quality of life, clean water and air, low crime rate, safe roads and economic future.
The town has spoken out overwhelmingly against this unsafe practice. More than 1,200 residents petitioned the town council on the matter two years ago and elected anti-fracking candidate Dave Jones. Hundreds of people have spoken at town meetings, and in a recent survey, residents want to ban fracking by 67 percent to 22 percent.
Despite this strong majority, two incumbent council members, Fred Volpe and Brett Halleran, voted against the moratorium. This year we have the chance to replace them. Unfortunately, Volpe and Holleran promise more of the same. This spring on the Planning Board, both men ignored the will of the majority of residents and voted to recommend that the town council vote down the moratorium. Luckily, the council ignored this recommendation and listened to the people.
Andrew and Pat are committed to representing town residents and will support them in their effort to ban fracking in our town. They understand we need economic development that is forward-looking and protects our quality of life. We need an economy and town we can leave to our kids. Vote for Patricia Jacob and Andrew Stammel.