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November 1, 2013

Meet the candidates: Brett Holleran

Brett D. Holleran

Age: 40.

Occupation: High school Spanish teacher, owner of Deer Haven Campground & Cabins.

Political Party: Republican.

Why are you running for the Oneonta Town Board?

I am Oneonta – being born and raised here, I was afforded a great education, provided many opportunities and taught the framework for a successful future. It is time to give back to the community. I chose to purchase a home in the town, to raise my family in the town and I have invested in the town by opening a business here. I want to help make Oneonta a community my children will want to stay in and my parents can afford to stay in.

What is your position on hydrofracking?

I am against hydrofracking. I am one of the 1,200 town residents who signed the clean water petition against hydrofracking, and I am a part of the majority of town respondents who did not want to see hydrofracking occur in the town. I have put my feelings into useful actions by participating in the authoring of the town Comprehensive Plan. I helped author and voted with the committee to write the strictest verbiage that would protect our water sources and keep fracking-related activities out of our watersheds.

How do you think the town should approach economic development and how should development be managed or monitored?

I am unhappy with the economic development in the town. The town has missed some wonderful opportunities due to a lack know-how. I would like to see the town hire a manager whose duties would include marketing; working with the Otsego County Industrial Development Agency and SUNY Oneonta; accessing local, state, and federal financial resources and incentives such as revolving loan funds, tax credits, training grants; site and building selection; labor market, job training and industry support resources; referrals to service and economic development professionals; coordination with railroads and utility companies as well as local communities.

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