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November 4, 2013

Twenty vying for Delaware supervisor seats


Valente’s opponent, Republican Timothy Kelso, could not be reached. 


Kortright Supervisor Steven C. Bower is not seeking re-election. Campaigning to fill his seat are Democrat Vernon Bailey and Republican George Haynes Jr. Haynes could not be reached. 

Bailey emphasized agriculture and tourism as cornerstones of the county’s economy. 

“I believe we should do all that we can to promote and maintain our farms and encourage alternate crop production,” Bailey said. We should recruit smaller businesses to relocate to Delaware County by offering tax incentives.”

Another boost could come from increased tourism in the New York City watershed. 

“New York City should open all of its reservoirs to swimming, water skiing and responsible boating,” Bailey said. “This would ... bring much needed-revenue to the local towns.”

Bailey said he opposes the bed tax, and is “leaning against” natural gas development for Delaware County, but said he was open to further study. 

He advocated cleaning out streambeds to mitigate future flood damage, but noted fish habitat should not be prioritized over the safety of communities.


Masonville Supervisor Michael Spaccaforno, a Republican, said he has been working to reduce unfunded state mandates. 

“I’ve been meeting with other supervisors to figure out how to get this under control because those mandates are stretching our budgets to a snapping point,” said Spaccafono. “I’ve been contacting state representatives to get relief to the counties and towns, a little relief has come, but not enough. I also am interested in reducing the amount needed for social services in Delaware County.”

Spaccaforno said he has been trying for two years to get cellphone reception to town, and added, “I’m all for a bed tax, but the biggest issues are getting people off social services, and working and to get the state to fund their mandates and be reasonable.”

Independent candidate Marie Sroka could not be reached.

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