Heath said budgets are a key issue facing both the town and county.
“I believe every official should be looking for alternate revenue streams, not just relying on the taxpayers to shoulder the burden of balancing budgets,” he said.
To help in this effort, Heath argued that town and county governments need to join in making New York “a more enticing area to start a business.”
Within the constraints of the watershed, agriculture and tourism are “growth areas,” Heath said, noting that light industrial development such as technology and green energy elsewhere in the county could have a ripple effect, bringing in service businesses such as restaurants and shopping opportunities.
“I do not believe natural gas development in Delaware County is in the best interest of the people of this county,” Heath said, noting that there are alternative methods available. “The gas industry has not proven, to my satisfaction, that the process known as fracking, can be done safely.”
Democrat Tom Hynes has served as Roxbury Town Supervisor since 1984.
“I’ve been in favor of the proposed Belleayre Ski and Resort expansion from Day One,” Hynes said. “It would be a tremendous boost to the whole Catskill region. We need it. I can see it bringing more people and recreation.”
On fracking, Hynes said he “keep(s) an open mind,” noting that “there are pros and cons,” and that more research is needed.
Similarly, on the bed tax, Hynes said, “I’m talking with Roxbury businesses. I’m not 100 percent for it, and need to get a better feel for what the people think.”
Independent challenger William Walcutt said he wants to create a viable environment for young people who need to make a living.
“The schools are shriveling and there are no jobs,” Walcutt said. “I am absolutely in favor of the proposed Belleayre ski and resort expansion.”