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Letters to the Editor

October 31, 2013

Responsible growth is vital for Oneonta

Responsible growth is vital for Oneonta

Residents of the town of Oneonta face an important choice on Tuesday and must decide between more of the same, old politics or embracing fresh ideas and energy. I am running for town board to bring representative government to the town and to pursue vigorous economic development that also protects our investments and quality of life. 

This fall, I’ve visited the homes of over 2,000 residents and have hosted open houses at my law office every week because I want to understand the concerns of residents. The job of councilman is similar to my career as an attorney. My job is to listen carefully to the concerns of anyone who walks in my door, whether they’re Republican, Democrat, or other. I use my knowledge and experience to respectfully advise them and then vigorously advocate on their behalf. 

Residents are concerned with economic development, fracking, taxes and merger and I share their concerns. We must maximize the efficiency of our town and limit unfair tax raises and rates. Increasing collaboration with the city and other entities is desirable but merger is not. Our town must do the hard work of long-term investment in our infrastructure and developing partnerships with the colleges and agencies to encourage investment in our economy. But these developments are for naught if we ignore our investments. 

We already have a stake in our town and should be protected from irresponsible development that will threaten our quality of life. Our water is our most important resource and must be protected. I was raised here and am a product of local schools and the hard work of our friends and neighbors. 

I respectfully request that you elect me on Tuesday so that I may give back to the community that has given so much to me. 

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