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November 1, 2013

Meet the candidates: Andrew Stammel

Andrew Stammel

Age: 31.

Occupation: Attorney, business owner and SUNY Oneonta compliance officer.

Political party: Democratic and Citizens for Oneonta.

Why are you running for the Oneonta Town Board?

My expertise, familiarity with the community and work ethic will serve Oneonta well. I have lived in the area my whole life and want to give back to the community. Many residents share my concern that in recent years some members of the town and planning boards have not represented the will of the people and have blocked progress. My first priority will be to residents and not to party, my interests or special interests.

What is your position on hydrofracking?

Although many of us enjoy the use of natural gas, we believe that fracking is an unacceptably risky method of extracting that resource with little benefit locally. I am one of two candidates who agree with a majority of town residents who want to use home rule to keep fracking out of our town to protect our quality of life and economic future.

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

Our young people deserve good job opportunities and a growing economy that will allow them to stay. Oneonta is and should be the region’s economic engine as the industrial, commercial and population center. The town must establish a pro-business climate and nurture existing businesses as well as attract new businesses and high-tech manufacturing through a friendly tax and regulatory structure and through collaboration with the city, county and development agencies. We need to build a stronger relationship with the colleges.

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?

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