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November 1, 2013

Meet the candidates: Fred Volpe

Fred Volpe

Age: 56.

Occupation: Small business owner.

Political party: Republican.

Why are you running for Oneonta Town Board?

Having dedicated over 30 years to public service, presently as vice chairman for the Oneonta Town Planning Board for more than nine years and as a town fire commissioner, it is a logical next step for me to help reshape the economic future of our town, not only for us but also for our young families. The residents of our town need a voice representing them and it is my commitment to do so. We need more than a one-issue candidate, and if a closed-mind candidate were to be chosen, it would be a disservice to our constituents.

What is your position on hydrofracking?

The state as well as the town have imposed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. Although an important issue, it is not the only issue facing our town — a majority of town residents do not want fracturing, when elected I will uphold the wishes of the people.

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

A study should be conducted on what kind of development can be attracted into our town. This development must be sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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?

Development on Southside is remarkable, and with the installation of a municipal water supply it will make it much easier, therefore, more attractive to future development, whether retail or manufacturing.

Without further studying what New York state is going to set as regulation for water treatment, I cannot satisfactorily answer this question. What I don’t want to see is us as taxpayers paying to build a water treatment plant in the future.

What is your position on a merger or shared services with the city of Oneonta?

I fully support the concept of shared services with the city, and the more we can share when it makes financial sense for town residents, the better. Let’s not forget or overlook the fact that we are dependent on each other for economic stability.

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