“If fracking can be done responsibly, I am all for it,” said Walcutt, noting that on a trip to Pennsylvania’s gas drilling operations, “I saw ... Pennsylvanians in favor of mining for gas because it has provided an improved economy.”
Walcutt opposes the proposed bed tax, arguing that Roxbury’s taxes are already the highest in the county.
Both candidates voiced their commitment to preserving Kirkside Park; Hynes noted that he also wants the town to keep the Grand Gorge Civic Center and the playground in good shape, while Walcutt noted that “I now have an immediate interest in helping Becker’s Tire and Sundaes Restaurant, who experienced the loss because of fire.”
Peter Bracci, an independent, is finishing out his 10th year as Delhi Supervisor. Looking forward, Bracci said, “I’m glad that (the town) approved to enter into a franchise agreement to bring natural gas to the local businesses. It will reduce energy costs and keep the businesses here.”
A positive relationship with New York City has been important to Bracci; he noted that “Our economic development is multifaceted and requires looking at new partnerships between the city and, for example, local organic farming.”
Bracci said he believes some of the money set aside for land acquisition by New York City should be spent on flood mitigation. As for a bed tax, Bracci said he “understands the need to dedicate more funds to tourism promotion.”
Republican challenger Mark Tuthill said economic development must extend beyond the status quo.
“My primary object is to work together at the county level,” said Tuthill. “The towns have the same interests and shouldn’t bicker.”
Tuthill said he would seek more commercial and housing development, noting that “hobby farms ... don’t really benefit the town.”
Echoing his opponent, Tuthill said good communication with New York City is paramount, but added, “Land acquisitions only hurt our towns and don’t really keep water cleaner.”