The Daily Star
---- — Patrica Jacob
Occupation: Nurse practitioner.
Political Party: Independent Citizens of Oneonta and Democratic.
Why are you running for the Oneonta Town Board?
My profession, volunteer experience and frequent attendance at town of Oneonta board meetings have helped me to understand the issues and needs of the area. In the last several years, there have been members of the board who have ignored the wishes of the majority of the tax-paying electorate. It is the duty of an elected board member to advocate on their behalf. I am committed to this community and feel I can make a positive contribution toward a more responsive, cohesive town board.
What is your position on hydrofracturing?
I am a mother and grandmother, and I share the concerns that many people have about the possible ill effects of heavy industry, such as hydrofracking, on our property values, water and the environment. I have a record of opposition to horizontal drilling. We need to grow our economy safely, in a way that protects our treasured way of life and keeps Oneonta a beautiful rural town.
How do you think the town should approach economic development?
I am committed to supporting existing local businesses and encouraging business opportunities. I pledge to work with all local agencies involved in business development and will promote the Oneonta business community, encourage economic growth and attract new businesses. I will work toward increasing recreational opportunities, such as walking/hiking/biking trails to enhance enjoyment of this beautiful area and increase the economic opportunities for those in the business of attracting tourists.
What are your views on Southside Oneonta in regard to economic development and to the proposed water district? Should the town have accepted the city’s offer to tap into the city’s water system?
The Southside business district was the most logical place to encourage economic development because we already have many viable businesses there and it was classic example of smart growth.
I will work with other board members toward obtaining the best financial package for the town (water district). We shouldn’t have accepted the city’s offer because the cost was too high.
What is your position on a merger or shared services with the city of Oneonta?
The majority of town residents surveyed did not want a town/city merger and I support this view. A merger would not be to the financial benefit of town residents. Town taxes would go up. We already share a lot of equipment and manpower in public works. I support collaborating on sound economic development, which will benefit all area residents.