Both candidates expressed concerns about fracking and said they would seek the opinions of constituents before taking action. Merrill noted that natural gas is “an important resource,” but that it is also “a different issue” than fracking.
TOWN OF MIDDLETOWN
Middletown Supervisor Marjorie Miller, a Democrat, said Delaware County needs, “a countywide plan for maximizing our assets. Main Street revitalization programs, coordinated with others already in existence like green energy leveraging our superb SUNY school in Delhi, are needed to grow our economy and attract full-time residents and businesses.”
Middletown is surveying residents on natural gas development, but Miller stated, “I do not believe hydraulic fracturing is in any way compatible or consistent with the mixed agriculture and tourism-based economy of Middletown.”
Miller supports the proposed bed tax as a means to boost funding for tourism promotion.
Miller said she is pleased New York City has entered into contracts with the county, adding, “I would like to see stronger, more coordinated recovery efforts between local municipalities as well as increased communication throughout the county during flood events. However, I want to end the aggressive land acquisitions instigated by New York City.”
Republican challenger Nelson Delameter said his No. 1 priority is economic revitalization, and pointed to the proposed Belleayre ski and resort expansion as one example of a source for jobs paying above minimum wage.
Expressing concern over what he characterized as high spending in town government, Delameter said, “I aim to have a government that doesn’t make all the decisions but goes to the people to see what they want.”
He said the proposed bed tax “requires more research.”
TOWN OF BOVINA
Republican Tina Molé is completing 12 years as supervisor.
“During my tenure, the board has followed through on some major accomplishments,” said Molé. “A $6 million septic project, funded by grant monies, was completed, in conjunction with a storm water system installed by Delaware County Department of Public Works.”