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November 1, 2013

Jacob, Stammel true anti-frackers

In the town of Oneonta, if Brett Holleran or Fred Volpe sound like anti-frackers when trying to woo your vote, bear in mind they have been endorsed by the pro-fracking powers of the local Republican party, prominent among them Bill Mirabito and Marie Lusins. Holleran and Volpe voted against the drilling moratorium on the planning board, and Holleran renounced his support for the ban petition at a public hearing. He’s now renouncing his renouncing.

We have better choices. Pat Jacob and Andrew Stammel are two accomplished candidates ready to guide us thoughtfully into the future.

Honored by the state and her peers as among the best in her profession, Pat Jacob has spent decades caring for others as a nurse practitioner. She counsels cancer patients on the difficult decisions affecting their health and quality of life. This amazing grandmother rides her bike to work through our hills, touching the beauty of this town intimately every day, and skippers an always jovial, not always terrible, canoe regatta relay team. Independent by nature, Pat supports no tax increases and opposes a merger because it won’t benefit the town.

Andrew Stammel brings us a law degree, administrative experience and a youthful outlook. Frequently in the past the town attorney has been unable to provide informed counsel, frustrating council members and residents. A lawyer on the board will be a knowledgeable check on legal advice, hopefully encouraging the town attorney to do some homework to earn that paycheck.

A review of past elections reveals the petition to ban fracking received more voter support than any candidate for town office in at least 30 years. The town survey rejected drilling by more than three to one. For a town council committed to following the people’s will, vote for Pat Jacob and Andrew Stammel.

Peter Exton


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