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General election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 8

    TRI-COUNTY AREA—Multiple candidates in Yates, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties are seeking election for town and county races in the general election, next Tuesday.
    In Yates County, the sheriff’s position is one contested race. Incumbent Ron Spike is being challenged by Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Kamholtz.
    One major election with several write-in candidates is for Yates County coroner. Ronald E. Dailey is the only person listed on the ballot, but several other people are trying for the seat by write-in votes. All of the Yates County legislators are also on the ballots, but they are not contested races.
    Other races with multiple candidates include Italy, Jerusalem, Middlesex, Starkey and Torrey. Positions are open at levels from supervisor, town clerk, to highway superintendent. In Jerusalem, there are three people listed on the ballot for two seats: Robert W. Evans, Patrick Killen and Michael Steppe. However, Evans says he is not running.
    Yates County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Amy Daines explained Evans was on the primary election ballot as a candidate for a town seat, but did not get the nomination. She added he also filed paperwork to be an independent candidate, but missed the deadline to be taken off the ballot when he didn’t want to run.
    Countywide races cover the county judge and treasurer, while three people are seeking two seats for legislative district one (Tyrone, Reading and Dix). Joseph G. Fazzary and Dennis J. Morris are seeking the role of county judge. Margaret E. Starbuck is challenged by Gary J. Whyman for treasurer. The county legislature incumbents are Stewart F. Field Jr. and Dennis A. Fagan; Mark F. Rondinaro is the challenger.
    All towns except for Montour have candidates on the ballot. All towns with races include one for town council and most have multiple candidates for supervisor.
    Wayne’s supervisor, two town council and highway superintendent are on the ballot. In Urbana, the town clerk and two town council seats are on the ballot. 

Thes candidate profiles that follow cover contested elections that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballots.  Uncontested races and write-in candidates are not listed.  The information has been supplied by the candidates in response to The Observer/REVIEW&EXPRESS questionnaire.  If a candidate’s comments are not listed, the newspaper did not received a returned questionnaire.  In some instances, responses have been edited due to space considerations.
All candidates were asked two questions:
1.)  Tell us why you think voters should elect you?
2.)  What are your top three priorities?

Yates County

Sheriff
Candidates on the ballot:
Kenneth A. Kamholtz
Ronald G. Spike
(Vote for one)

Ronald G. Spike
1.)  It has been my goal to provide progressive and positive leadership to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Yates County while seeking new and innovative programs to enhance the safety and security of county residents and visitors. I want to continue to work hard with my staff to achieve cost efficiencies and the highest level of service possible through crime prevention and community policing. I have been honored to serve as the sheriff these past 20 years, out of 40 years in public safety.  Over the past few years, our office has achieved professional accreditation status in most all areas, which means we adhere to contemporary standards for police and public safety work.  
2.)  Continue to be vigilant in pursuing drug dealers and make apprehensions and seizures of drugs.   I intend for Yates to be a charter member of the Finger Lakes Regional Interoperable Communications Consortium and seek funds for purchasing radio equipment. Achieve accreditation certification for the Yates County Jail operations; be re-accredited in law enforcement services, 911 dispatch, civil process, and court security.

Italy supervisor
Candidates on the ballot:
Margaret M. Dunn
Bradley Jones
(Vote for one)

Margaret Dunn
1.)  I am the best qualified.  The town supervisor is the fiscal or financial officer of  the town.  Having been the bookkeeper for four different supervisors I know municipal bookkeeping and understand NYS Office of the State Comptrollers requirements and guidelines.  I have made it a priority to try and attend any training or seminar that keeps me up to date in the position.  For example this year I have attended two seminars on the two percent tax cap.  I attend the Association of Towns Finance School each year if possible.
2.)  First would be to stop the waste of tax dollars on legal fees.  A decision has been made to appeal Judge Ark’s ruling in favor of Ecogen in regards to industrial wind, as well as legal action over a “911” cell tower Ontario County needs to put on Shay Road.  Both are an extreme waste of taxpayer’s money.  Secondly to repair the road with the money saved from stopping legal bills. This road work would affect town-wide.  Thirdly to return to open meetings, no more censoring of the town board’s minutes or running the highway department.

Bradley E. Jones
1.)  When I first ran for Italy town supervisor in 2009, I promised fiscal responsibility, open and transparent government, proactive economic development, and a solution to the wind farm mess. With the help of the entire new town board, and many others within the community, we have achieved a great deal of progress towards these goals. We have dealt with the irresponsible legal bills that we inherited from the prior board, totaling over $200. Incidentally, we were able to eliminate over half of this amount through extensive negotiation, saving our taxpayers over $100,000. We now have costs for legal issues under control, and under budget—without raising taxes.
2.)  Our top three priorities as town supervisor continue to be fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and sensible economic development.  Over the last 22 months we have restored a healthy cash reserve, lower the town tax rate, reduced our employee benefits costs, received approval for $162,000 in FEMA grants and significantly reduced overall spending.  We remain firmly committed to open and transparent government that serves the best interests and general welfare of all our citizens.

Italy council
Candidates on the ballot:
Anthony T. Carter
Richard Craig
Patti M. Fitzgerald
Malcolm Ian MacKenzie
(Vote for two)

Anthony T. Carter
1.)  I am part of a team that will work together to insure that government in Italy is of, by and for all the people of Italy.  A homeowner in Italy since 1988, I am a member of the Italy Highway Planning Committee and Co-President of the Finger Lakes Preservation Association, a local citizens association that seeks to preserve and protect the environment and the rural character, culture and heritage of our region.  I will work to create an environment in Italy where everyone is treated with respect, where everyone is heard, where we all feel at home.
2.)  Protect the quiet beauty of Italy’s hills and valleys.  Improve Italy’s roads.  Maintain fiscal responsibility.

Richard Craig
1.)  I believe that it is time for the Italy town board to have a member with an open mind. I come to the table with a “fresh view” and a willingness to hear all sides of an argument before a decision.  I believe that it is time for everyone in the town to be represented, not just a small group as it appears now.
2.)  Fiscal accountability and responsibility: Inform taxpayers of the amount of their tax dollars going towards litigation.  Improve public safety: Encourage the creation of satellite fire stations maybe as a joint venture.  Bring more information to the general public for consideration.

Italy highway superintendent
Candidates on the ballot:
Jeffrey S. Hicks
Daniel J. Schenk
(Vote for one)

Jerusalem supervisor
Candidates on the ballot:
Daryl H. Jones
Ron Kenville
(Vote for one)

Daryl H. Jones
1.)  I would like to continue working with the village of Penn Yan to obtain a fair solution for Jerusalem sewer customers.  To continue working diligently to protect our lake and the health, safety and welfare of our residents regarding hydrofracking.  To work with the Finger Lakes Museum.  I will continue to aim for implementing the comprehensive plan.
2.)  I feel the top priority facing the residents of Jerusalem is hydrofracking for natural gas. On July 26 a public meeting was held and over 270 people attended. A questionnaire completed by 178 Jerusalem residents indicated 96.5 percent were against the process of hyrdrofracking.  Develop a five-year financial plan to assure the town remains financially stable.  Explore possibilities for shared services with the county, towns and village of Penn Yan.

Ron Kenville
1.)  The town of Jerusalem needs a supervisor who will lead the town board giving direction for it, for the other functioning boards, and for the employees of the town.  I can provide that leadership with better two-way communication and cooperation with every board member and employee. We need to work through the issues, not burying them hoping they will go away. I have many years of experience working with town issues having worked many years for various towns. I understand first hand these problems. I am able to apply common sense.
2.)  The fracking committee has pointed out many areas of the zoning law that need to be addressed. A Right to Farm Law has not yet been adopted. These should be done expeditiously.  Negotiations with the Penn Yan Municipal Board need to be up front and completed. We should be working together in a common effort.  All job descriptions need to be reviewed. We should be able to resolve problems without bringing in labor unions and to hold most town board meetings without needing the town attorney present. We need better communications before and after board meetings.  These will result in cost savings letting common sense prevail.

Middlesex clerk
Candidates on the ballot:
Kathryn A. Pelton
Cindy L. Quayle
(Vote for one)

Starkey highway superintendent
Candidates on the ballot:
Robert Neu
Louis L. Seeley
(Vote for one)

Louis L. Seeley
1.)  I have been employed by the town of Starkey for 23 years and have served in every capacity within the highway department. I have been the current highway superintendent for three terms. I feel that I am the most qualified for the job keeping within the budget, keeping our roads safe as possible during inclement weather and saving taxpayer money. I am a registered and active voting Republican candidate who has lived in Dundee for 26 years and am hardworking, dedicated and trustworthy.
2.)  Safety to the residents and travelers along with shared services with the adjoining townships and village of Dundee.  Plan ahead to do repairs and replacement of roads and bridges, keeping costs down within budget requirements.  To serve the people in the most economical ways in our times of financial crisis. To do in-house repairs as much as possible. Shared services saves money for both Starkey and Dundee.

Torrey highway superintendent
Candidates on the ballot:
Timothy L. Chambers
Nathan A. Daggett
Jeff Finger
David G. Parkhurst Jr.
(Vote for one)

Timothy L. Chambers
1.)  I will bring a fresh look to our Town of Torrey highway operations, with my extensive training and skills as a safety administrator/instructor; I will bring our department’s safety awareness and training up to 21st Century standards.  With the economic hardships we are now facing, I feel we need someone with the budgeting, cost cutting and economic knowledge acquired in my 12 years as mayor of Dresden, 10 years at AES as a team leader, 35 years as a landlord and the builder and operation of a local business.  I have experience in operation, repair and maintenance of large construction equipment.
2.)  To improve the safety of the Torrey highway employees by comprehensive training and the implementation of up to date standards.  To provide optimal service to the people of our town in the most  responsible, efficient and cost effective manner.  Superior road maintenance, as well as snow removal and prudent sanding.

Nathan A. Daggett
1.)  I am running for Torrey highway superintendent because I am the right man for the job. I am a people person and willing to listen to residents’ concerns. I am ambitious and will work hard for the town. I bring to the job my mechanical skills which will assist with equipment maintenance and repair.    I am a leader and would like to make this my career.  I am willing to attend any training for the betterment of our roads and to keep up with new technology.
2.)  To research road maintenance grants, and work with YCSWCD for an assessment of all town culverts for FEMA grant applications.  To have an annual assessment on all roads to help prepare for the upcoming years, road projects, and equipment needs.  To utilize the Sheriff’s SWEAPs program with roadside clean up, cemetery maintenance, clean up days, building maintenance.

Jeff Finger
1.)  I feel I would be a great asset to the town of Torrey.  I have 10 years on the job experience and intend to be a working superintendent.  In the winter I would be checking road conditions and continue operating my existing plow route.  As highway budgets become tighter due to increasing costs, being a working superintendent would save taxpayers one workers’ wages and benefits.
2.)  The town of Torrey roads are currently in great shape. My first priority would be to maintain existing roads while staying within the budget.  Secondly, I would like to erect a salt storage building. This would be a challenge due to budget issues, but I would research for possible grants to help accomplish this goal without increasing the budget.  Thirdly, I would eventually like to have all dirt roads paved to save wear and tear on equipment.  Unfortunately, due the current economy this is a long term goal.

David J. Parkhurst Jr.
1.)  I think voters should elect me because I will work hard to maintain the level of service that we are familiar with and work even harder to trim spending. With expenses beyond our control, we need to focus on more sensible spending. As a Torrey taxpayer, I feel we need someone like myself with a fresh outlook and not the “business as usual” approach.
2.)  Save taxpayer dollars through more sensible spending.  Pursue grants to help with maintaining and building roads.  Utilize shared services to better help our township and surrounding municipalities.

Schuyler County

Legislative District 1 (Dix, Reading, Tyrone)
Candidates on the ballot:
Dennis A. Fagan
Stewart F. Field Jr.
Mark F. Rondinaro
(Vote for two)

Dennis A. Fagan
1.) I am a business owner employing 20 persons.  For the past eight years as County Legislator, I have taken a businessman’s approach to control county spending.  This has resulted in the tax rate decreasing from $10.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to the 2011 rate of $8.16 per $1,000 AV.  I am a diligent hardworking legislator who has progressed from the junior legislator on the County Board in 2005, to the Chairman of the County’s Management & Finance Committee overseeing the budget process from 2007 through 2010 and Chairman of the Legislature in 2011.
2.)  Control Property Taxes – Continue to formulate innovative solutions to control spending such as shared services.  Recent negotiations with three unions resulted in significant health insurance cost savings which helped to reduce taxes.  Economic Development & Enhanced Sales Tax Revenues – We need good paying jobs, develop the Business Park and promote tourism/agriculture so that sales tax revenue can continue to grow and offset property tax increases.  Mandate Relief – The two percent tax cap is a sham because it doesn’t control state spending.  The state should take over the counties’ share of Medicaid costs which would reduce the Schuyler County property tax by nearly 40 percent.  

Stewart F. Field Jr.
1.)  For the past four years it has been my honor to serve as a member of the Schuyler County Legislature.  While we have accomplished much there is still more to be done and I hope to be given the opportunity to continue the progress that has been made.  I am fiscally conservative and continually seek to achieve a balance between providing necessary public services and the public’s ability to pay for these services. I support the legislature’s efforts to maintain a low tax rate and promote economic development.  Much more needs to be done however, and I hope to continue to be in a position to lobby our state lawmakers for mandate relief that will actually allow us to lower property taxes significantly.
2.)  Continue to work to lower the cost of government. I support all shared service initiatives. Main St. Revitalization. Recent public private partnerships have resulted in significant investment in refurbishing our downtown area which in turn has resulted in increased revenues.  Mandate Relief. A two percent tax cap does nothing to address the fact that New York state is one of the highest taxed states in the country. Meaningful reform should begin with the redesign of unfunded mandates. If the state would assume its share of Medicaid that alone would translate into a 40 percent reduction in local property taxes.

Mark F. Rondinaro
1.) I am a strong supporter of open government and citizen involvement. I am a fiscal conservative and will protect taxpayers’ interests. I have 30 years of experience in information technology and will modernize the county’s information storage and access systems, increasing efficiency and public accountability. I will use my business experience to decrease bureaucratic red-tape.  I have training in leadership and organizational management and would work to increase communication between the legislature, county departments and the public.
2.) Encouraging citizen involvement in the legislative process by enacting a three term limit for legislators and changing all legislative committee meetings to evening hours. Increasing transparency in local government by making all county information freely available without a FOIL request and transitioning to electronic document storage to facilitate online access.  Holding the line on property taxes by advocating for mandate relief, requiring voter referenda on all off-budget authority spending (such as the money spent on the Human Services Complex) and working to find tenants for the county Business Park.

County judge
Candidates on the ballot:
Joseph G. Fazzary
Dennis J. Morris
(Vote for one)

Joseph G. Fazzary
1.)  As your District Attorney for many years, I have proven that I have the ability to judge people fairly. While taking a strong stance against drug defendants who poison our community, I have also shown compassion for drug addicts. I have aggressively targeted those who committed crimes of domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse against women and children. I have been the voice for all crime victims in this county for nearly twenty years, especially those who have been unable to stand up for themselves.
2.)  As your elected prosecutor, I have never believed that my job was solely to get convictions. Instead, I have sought justice for everyone involved in the legal system. These are the qualities that your judge for the next ten years should have.

Dennis J. Morris
1.) I have 32 years of legal experience.  I have tried hundreds of cases in family court which is by far the largest component of the job.  I also have 20 years experience in criminal law and 20 years experience of surrogates practice.
2.) I will strive to uphold the constitution and amendments of the United States.  I will strive to give each of the three courts the attention they deserve.  I will treat all who come before me judiciously.

County treasurer
Candidates on the ballot:
Margaret E. Starbuck
Gary J. Whyman
(Vote for one)

Margaret E. Starbuck
1.) I have been with the treasurer’s office for 16 years and the treasurer for the past eight years.  I have the experience and dedication to continue to serve the taxpayers of Schuyler County.
2.) The treasurer’s office does not have the policy making authority, however, I would like to see full staffing in the office as recommended by the auditor to better serve the taxpayers and the departments of the county.

Gary J. Whyman
1.)  With 31 years as a financial analyst and 25 of those years under the scrutiny of watchful auditors, and with an AAS degree in Accounting and a BS in Business Administration, I believe I am well equipped with the necessary skills to address the needs of the treasurer’s office. In the positions I’ve held, attention to details is critical. With the help of all parties, it will be this attention to details that will enhance and improve the performance of the treasurer’s office. This will enable the county legislators, the county administrator, as well as all county departments, to better perform their tasks.
2.)  First would be the slow but continued attention to performance accuracy within the treasurer’s office. Accuracy initially, correcting small and simple errors will go a long way to enhancing the end product down the road.  Second, there are numerous opportunities for electronic exchange of data that would reduce or eliminate the consumption of productive time, and reduce or eliminate errors in data re-entry.  Third, I would continue to encourage training by all members in the treasurer’s office, and begin a process of disclosing to the public the performance of the treasurer’s office at least twice a year, possibly more if it is deemed appropriate, and allowable.

Catharine supervisor
Candidates on the ballot:
Michael E. Hines
John VanSoest
(Vote for one)

Michael E. Hines
1.)  I believe the town of Catharine voters should elect me, because I will not only listen to their concerns, but won’t ask the residents to find a solution, when there is a board that has been elected, and paid, to do that. I will also treat every resident equally, which hasn’t happened in a long time. I want to make the township a place where the residents are proud to call it home.
2.)  My three top priorities are to make the spending of taxpayer dollars much more open, and taxpayer-involved, and actually giving them a say before the board makes any decisions to make major purchases. Whether I attend a town board meeting or not, shouldn’t deny me or any other taxpayer from knowing how the board plans to spend our tax dollars. I would also like to see all the roads in the town maintained to a much higher degree than they are today, and trying to reconfigure the town budget to best serve the people, not the individuals on the board, and there is no specific order.

John VanSoest
1.)  Like most local governments, our town is facing difficult challenges.  We have to keep expenses low, while maintaining the services we all depend on.  Working together, our board has made cuts where it can, and will likely make more, but we also need to be smart about making investments that will save the town more in the long run.  My business experience and commitment to deal fairly with all parties have been very valuable with balancing these trade-offs. Our town needs a fair temperament and financial experience to preserve its solid position.
2.)  Keep taxes low – I will look for savings wherever I can find them, and be smart about how we spend.  We have to make good investments when they will save us more in the long run.  Be responsive – We have to listen to our citizens and do our best to help with problems.  We can’t fix every complaint, but every problem needs to be heard, considered, and answered.  Work together – Our board works well because we are all committed to doing the best for the town together.  Cooperation and good communication are key to making progress.

Catharine council
Candidates on the ballot:
Ron Havens
Ronald W. Hoffman
C. Michael Learn
Richard J. Lewis
(Vote for two)

Ron Havens
1.)  Many Americans have become cynical towards voting.  There doesn’t seem to be much difference between the candidates and it just seems that most elected officials are another “good ol’ boys club” that only caters to special interests.  In the town of Catharine it appears our councilmen are elected for life.  The same incumbents are installed over and over and over.   Most of our councilmen are involved in agribusiness and many residents think that their priority is watching each other’s back.  Our town council doesn’t have lobbyists, they are the lobbyists.  This year you have a choice.  I will look out for the majority that never has a voice.
2.)  I have only one priority and that is to represent all our residents, not just the well connected.

Ronald W. Hoffman
1.) I have the best interest of the town in mind by being financially responsible.  By being a local business owner, I understand the constraints being forced on local government and can help the board work through them.
2.) Keeping taxes in control.  Shared services.  Keeping the town progressive without raising taxes.

C. Michael Learn
1.)  I am an experienced board member who is open minded and willing to listen to all viewpoints before making a decision. I will bring my conservative world view to all issues we face.
2.)  My biggest priority is to balance our budget without reducing services. We have to keep our highway department funded so the equipment is reliable. Salt, snow and slush are very bad for our equipment. Our safe travel depends on their reliability. Our planning board is working to update our zoning laws. I favor the use of our fields by Chemung Valley Soccer Association. Soccer is excellent exercise for the children and helps bond families.

Cayuta supervisor
Candidates on the ballot:
Christopher Arnold
Terry F. Gardner Sr.
(Vote for one)

Cayuta council
Candidates on the ballot:
William Barrett
Kathleen C. Cleveland
Anne M. Johnson
Karen A. McLean
(Vote for two)

William Barrett
1.) I have experience working with different groups of people in the public.  Schuyler County Youth Fair and Schuyler County Cattle Club maintaining what they needed within a budget.  Working with working people and their families, listening to their needs, and trying to achieve it.  Going to Albany and Washington D.C. with goals, lobbying senators and assemblymen to help get what the people’s goals are.  Always working within a budget to get the most for them.
2.) To keep our town debt free and self sufficient while maintaining the needs of the town.  I believe in working together as a team with the knowledge myself and others have so we can achieve what the town needs to keep growing.

Kathleen C. Cleveland
1.) After more than 25 years as a referral consultant at Cornell University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, I have learned the importance of teaching, respecting, and answering to the best of my knowledge.  The public has a right to know what is going on in government.
2.) Excellent communication between town of Cayuta residents and the town board.  Making the Cayuta town hall available for community events.  Listening to the public about their concerns and acting upon them.

Cayuta clerk/tax collector
Candidates on the ballot:
Debra Barrett
Angela S. Knapp
(Vote for one)

Debra Barrett
1.) I have been a resident of Cayuta my entire life and know many of our town residents.  I am a former town clerk and familiar with the position.  I am a notary public and will be able to assist those in need of a notary.  If elected I will honor my hours, listen to the town residents’ needs, and assist them.  I believe I am qualified for the position.
2.) I am retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a postmaster and would like to get more involved with the town.  After several years of experience with the public, I know how important it is to listen to people’s needs and remain courteous at all times.  I know it is my responsibility to honor my posted hours so as not to inconvenience anyone I am elected to serve.  I also would be willing to get training and go to workshops to better serve my town.

Angela S. Knapp
1.)  I am currently the deputy clerk of the town of Cayuta.  I have been working with the clerk learning the job.  I have the necessary skills on the computer, have taken some legal administration courses and am currently the supervisor of five dining halls.  I’m organized and have great customer skills.  I would like to get more involved with the town of Cayuta, and to become a bigger part of the community that I have lived in for the past 12 years.
2.)  My top priorities would be to uphold the expectations of the job, making sure to complete tasks in the time frame set forth.  To lead an efficient organized customer driven clerk’s office.  Also to maintain the high standards of customer service for people of the town of Cayuta.

Dix council
Candidates on the ballot:
Robert DeNardo
F. Joe Hammond
Scott A. Yaw
(Vote for two)

Scott A. Yaw
1.)  I have served on the town of Dix council for the past five years. During that time frame I have talked with many of my constituents who have voiced their concerns or problems. I have worked very diligently with our local municipalities for help make positive and productive changes for a safer environment for the residents of the town of Dix. I welcome all comments and concerns at any time. Feel free to call me at 535-8870 or 738-2461.
2.)  Continue to respond to constituents’ concerns, problems and inquiries.  Continue to promote shared services.  Expand recreational, cultural and economic opportunities.

Dix  justice
Candidates on the ballot:
Ronald G. Alexander
Alan E. Gregory
(Vote for one)

Ronald G. Alexander
1.)  I have 37 years experience in law enforcement/criminal justice, with 20 years as Schuyler County Director of Probation and 17 as a Probation Officer/Senior Probation Officer, having worked extensively with victims of Domestic Violence and other criminal acts and with youth who have been both the perpetrators and victims of crime.  I also have wide experience in all of the courts in the county, from family court to county court to local criminal court. I also work extremely well with prosecutors, defense counsel, and law enforcement agencies.
2.)  Accountability at every turn – every offender must be held accountable for their actions and make restitution or other reparation for any damages that occur.  Every victim in domestic violence, elder abuse, or other criminal transaction must be protected and receive the full services of the judiciary. Effective youth programs must be developed to steer our youngest population in a positive direction.  I have considerable experience in this area, having developed and coordinated the Person in Need of Supervision program and served on the Schuyler County Youth Board and Watkins Glen Youth Commission.

Hector supervisor
Candidates on the ballot:
Benjamin R. Dickens
Robert J. Fitzsimmons
(Vote for one)

Robert J. Fitzsimmons
1.) The fracking industry is ready to move into Hector and the time to stop them is now.  Chemical contaminants, radioactivity, continuous heavy trucking, and the potential for spills and accidents do not fit with the economic and environmental life in which we have built in Hector.  My qualifications are strong and my position is clear.  I have supervised budgets and staffs larger than the town’s and I have nine years experience as a Schuyler County legislator responsible for highways, bridges, and many other aspects of local government.
2.) Stop fracking.  Implement an update of the 2001 comprehensive plan that reflects the community’s priorities of health, safety, preservation of natural resources and economic development that respects those priorities.  Generate efficiencies and improvements in all areas of town government.

Hector council
Candidates on the ballot:
Donald C. Beckley
Bo Lipari
Marie A. Stevens
Clifford D. Yaw
(Vote for two)

Orange supervisor
Candidates on the ballot:
Jocelyn M. Harrison
Henry Taylor Jr.
(Vote for one)

Henry Taylor Sr.
1.) I’ve lived in the area all of my life and am now retired and believe I can find ways to improve the town’s future outlook through doing research on ways to secure grants for improvements.  Being on a fixed income I fully understand the need to keep taxes as low as possible so that the residents can afford to continue living in the town and maintaining their property.
2.) Try to lower taxes.  Find grants to help make improvements to the town such as roads, sidewalks, street lighting, etc.  Find ways to offer more services to the residents without increasing their taxes.

Orange council
Candidates on the ballot:
Minard L. LaFever
John Olin
(Vote for one)

John Olin
1.) I am pro-people in all respects.  Working to avoid waste within government.  Spending wisely.
2.) My overall priority is general accountability on monies.  Our general road conditions are far from today’s standards and in my opinion there is very little to no accountability in time and monies spent.

Reading council
Candidates on the ballot:
Gary B. Conklin
Robert J. Everett
Charles M. Peacock Jr.
(Vote for two)

Charles M. Peacock Jr.
1.)  I am seeking to join the town of Reading board because I believe that our municipality can benefit from my economic development experience. My past employment with SCOPED has given me insight into the needs of the town of Reading and I can bring fresh ideas to help overcome the challenges the town faces. Also, as a water and sewer user in the town of Reading, I have worked closely with the current board to address certain issues faced by our water and sewer districts and I wish to continue the progress achieved as part of the board.
2.)  My first priority would be to revisit the town of Reading comprehensive plan. The information is out of date and pursuing a current comprehensive plan would give town residents an opportunity to voice their opinions on present conditions and hopes for the future. An updated comprehensive plan increases the likelihood of receiving state and federal grants, which is my second priority. In these challenging economic times, we should pursue any funding to supplement our Town’s budget.  My third priority would be to explore expansion of our utilities infrastructure, if possible, which would benefit our residents and potentially attract new businesses.

Reading clerk
Candidates on the ballot:
Alice W. Conklin
Rita A. Osborne
(Vote for one)

Rita A. Osborne
1.) I have worked as a deputy clerk for the past eight years.  I have worked most of this past year alone since the clerk has been out for medical problems.  I am well qualified and a friendly person to keep the office running smoothly.  I am available at any time for the supervisor, superintendent, or residents as need be since this will be my only job.  I can find answers to many questions or know where I can find the answers.  I do believe that I have a good rapport with the town council and other town workers.
2.) To be available at all times for other officials and residents. To help with questions or find out the answers.  If need be, direct them where they can find help.  To keep the office running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Tyrone council
Candidates on the ballot:
Tom Allen
Fred Erdle
Geraldine Petris
Joe T. Sevier
(Vote for two)

Geraldine Petris
1.) I am concerned for the taxpayers and answer their questions.  I attend educational classes and meetings and I listen.  I hope to keep taxes down and help our community move forward.
2.) To have an audit.  Support our highway department.  For people in office to have a better relationship with each other.

Joe T. Sevier
1.) Dedication and commitment.  My experience working for the taxpayers of the town of Tyrone has been a joy.  I am humbled by the many accomplishments made, but know that there remains much more to be done.  As your councilman, I will always be ready to serve you.  A vote for Joe Sevier is a vote for experience and dedication.  I thank you for your past support.
2). To keep the budget in balance and spend your hard-earned money wisely.  To work together as a community to make Tyrone a better place to live and raise a family.  To have integrity, to be transparent, and to communicate with the taxpayers of Tyrone.

Tyrone clerk/tax collector
Candidates on the ballot:
Michele M. Gee
Deborah L. Tyler
(Vote for one)

Michele M. Gee
I.) I am an active volunteer in the community as a member of the Tyrone fire department and the Altay Old Home Day Corp.  I am a member of the Chemung/Schuyler Clerk’s Municipal Association and attend meetings to keep up on town, county, and state regulations.  I would like to bring honesty and knowledgeable resources into the town to better help the townspeople.
2.) I would like to research and implement grant monies and fundraising into the town directly, benefiting our people, roads, etc.  I would love to be a part of bringing family-oriented activities back into our town.   I will represent the community for the good of the people.

Deborah L. Tyler
1.)  I have been the deputy town clerk, under Helen Baxter, since October 2007 and the acting town clerk since March 2010.  My educational major is in Business Administrations, where I focused on Accounting, Marketing and Business Law.  As this is now my full-time job, I am able to offer daytime office hours, as well as, be available to people on an as needed basis.  I have upgraded the town to town clerk/tax collection software which aids me in serving the community more quickly, efficiently and offers sustainable record keeping.
2.)  As a member of the New York State Town Clerk’s Association, I intend to continue attending seminars and workshops that they offer, to stay updated on the clerk’s duties and stay abreast of changes that may affect said duties.  All towns face financial challenges and I will strive to generate revenue and cut costs where we can.  I would also like to see even more services offered in the Tyrone community and I will take an active role in increasing the amount and quality of services available to our citizens.

Tyrone highway superintendent
Candidates on the ballot:
Paul H. Ernhout
Matthew M. Stiles
(Vote for one)

Steuben County

Urbana council
Candidates on the ballot:
Thomas M. Chadwick
Christine H. Kolodziejczak
Gordon Lanphere
(Vote for two)

Thomas M. Chadwick
1.) The future vitality of the greater Hammondsport community will depend to a large extent on how we deal with the period of change we are currently undergoing.  I believe change should not be viewed as a negative, but rather as an opportunity to further enhance our community.  Utilizing currently owned town property we could begin to develop/enhance park areas and walking/hiking trails for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
2.)  The development of Curtiss Memorial Park bordering Keuka Lake.  The renovation and development of certain areas that have been overlooked in the past or that are only recently available.  Greater utilization of our natural resources (i.e. Keuka Lake frontage and surrounding wooded hillsides).

Christine H. Kolodziejczak
1.) I would like to serve the people of Urbana because I try to speak for residents from all segments of out community.  In the community, I am an active member of St. Gabriel’s Church, a member of the Seaplane Homecoming Committee of the Curtiss museum, the chairperson of the town of Urbana board of assessment review, and a trustee on the Hammondsport school board.  My husband and I operate two small businesses in the area.  I also have three children and I am a volunteer in many of their activities.  My phone line is always open.
2.) My top priority is to have the town of Urbana work with the village of Hammondsport to share ideas and services for our area.  I would also like to see a more business/environmentally friendly atmosphere.  Our season is a short one, for both businesses and residents to do work on their homes.  We need to hold our government accountable for making timely decisions.  Although people are happy with lower taxes, we need to be sure we are not selling ourselves short on services and savings for the future.

Urbana clerk
Candidates on the ballot:
Mary Farmer
Christina L.N. Watson
(Vote for  one)

Christina L.N. Watson
1.) I am Christina Watson, a life long citizen of this town and I am running for town of Urbana clerk.  I am married and a mother of three children.  
2.) I am in the administrative/office field by education and nature.  I will work hard for you with the strong morale and business ethics I possess.  I will represent the citizens of the town of Urbana to the best of my ability and be apprised of their needs and concerns for the town and contribute all I can as clerk.

Wayne supervisor
Candidates on the ballot:
Stephen T. Butchko
Dawn C. Dowdle
(Vote for one)

Steve Butchko
1.) From a personal standpoint I have the experience, education, vision, character, and full-time commitment.  From a resource standpoint I have a deeply qualified, committed team that share the same goals as I do to make the town of Wayne a better place to live.  Self interest is not my game, I have a sincere care for the future of our town.  Judge your town leaders on the content of their character.
2.) I have the momentum to reach our goals.  I have the team to reach our goals.  I’m committed full-time for the benefit of the town, 110 percent, 24/7.  I fairly represent all the people of our town.  I continue to involve our community in important local and regional matters.  I’m a problem solver and have a bright vision for the future of our town.

Dawn. C. Dowdle
1.)  I have college degrees in Business Administration and Information Technology, over 20 years experience in Accounting, and 16 years as the Assistant Controller for Alfred University.  As Wayne’s town supervisor, I developed budgets that supported a 5-year plan to eliminate debt and accrue reserves to operate and maintain town buildings, equipment, roads, and cemeteries.  As a drafting member of the Keuka Lake Watershed Land Use Planning Guide, Chair of the Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative, and member of the Steuben County Natural Gas Task Force, I understand the value and importance of inter-municipal partnerships.
2.)  I will develop a fiscally responsible budget. I will provide clear, concise, and timely financial reports to the town departments and town council.  I will encourage business and agriculture goals in the town’s comprehensive plan. I will help develop a local farm market and I will reinstate our annual community picnic.  I will assure that town residents receive prompt and courteous service from town employees and elected officials. I will see to it that town residents receive clear and timely answers and solutions to their questions and problems.

Wayne council
Candidates on the ballot:
Julie Haar
John H. McIntire
Gary J. Prawel
Lois J. Wood
(Vote for one)

Julie Haar
1.)  It is my goal to promote and support positive forward movement that is inclusive rather than exclusive.  I will serve my town and provide a collaborative voice that encourages cooperation and consideration.  I will support comprehensive change that promotes economic and community comfort, hope, wellness, and excitement.
2.)  Inclusivity versus exclusivity - all voices matter.  Improve communication.  Support the endurance of our diverse neighborhoods.

John H. McIntire
1.) I have been your town highway superintendent for seven and a half years.  Fiscal management of $100,000, one-third of the town’s budget.  Developed five to 10 year equipment maintenance and replacement plans.  Attended Cornell University Schools for Highway.  Served with three town supervisors and nine councilpersons.
2.) Monitor and review the town budget process and expenditures.  Invite town residents to board meetings and town sponsored events.  Assure that town government is managed openly and efficiently.

Gary J. Prawel
1.) I have a record of administrative and leadership success in committees, boards, and organizations where I have lived and work.  My service includes the Wayne fire department and the Hammondsport school district safety committee.  I focused my career on providing service rather than seeking benefits through professional and volunteer involvement in higher education, public safety, community activities.
2.)  Responsible and reasoned use and preservation of our environmental resources, for the benefit of all of Wayne.  Maximum efficiency and accountability in use of our fiscal resources.  Balance concerns of our various neighborhoods, agricultural interests, and recreational activities through support of a harmonious strategic plan for our town.

Lois J. Wood
1.)  Served as town clerk/tax collector for eight years and one year as town councilperson.  I have a working knowledge of the town budget process, town laws, town accounting, and the policies and procedures.  I have attended numerous seminars through the Association of Towns on all facets of town government.
2.)  Improve town board communication with town residents, making sure all residents are treated respectfully and fairly by all town officials.  Review and monitor the town’s permit fees (building, inspection, special permit, and variances).  Review the ethics standard recommended by the Association of Towns.  Keep a balanced budget.

Wayne highway superintendent
Candidates on the ballot:
E. David Bauer
Doug Howard
Charles Swarthout
(Vote for one)

E. David Bauer
1.) I am a lifelong resident of the town of Wayne.  I was elected town councilman and was appointed the town’s first zoning officer.  I’ve owned and operated my company, David Bauer Construction & Excavating, for over 30 years.  I’m skilled in the type of heavy equipment used to maintain the town’s 33 miles of roads.  I have a CDL Class A license, a DEC certificate in Erosion and Sediment Control, and training in watershed regulations and drainage on steep slopes.
2.)  I will work with the town board to secure funds for road and equipment maintenance and repair; I will prepare a reasonable budget for the highway department.  I will attend Cornell University’s Local Roads Programs and annual School for Highway Superintendents; I will assure that all town road work complies with regulations and recommendations.  I will immediately investigate and respond to town residents’ concerns about our roads.

Douglas E. Howard
1.)  Working on the town highway crew from 2007–10, I’m the only candidate with any experience working for the town highway.  I’m familiar with “Guidelines for Town Officials” by NYS Office of the Comptroller.  I have 29 years experience in the construction industry operating, maintaining/repairing heavy equipment/trucks; have a Class A CDL license.  I’m honest, dependable, trustworthy, hard working; will address needs of all town residents in a timely, efficient manner.  I vow to keep and hold a budget keeping our roads safe and maintained without burdening taxpayers and maintain excellent customer service relations established by the current highway superintendent.
 2.)  To adhere to an established budget that will keep our roads safe and maintained, and free from snow, ice and debris without burdening the taxpayers.  To address the problems and concerns of all town residents in a timely and efficient manner.  To maintain the excellent customer service relations already established by the current highway superintendent.

Charles E. Swarthout
1.)  My whole family is involved in volunteer work through the fire department and playground.  It will help the community by keeping a fireman/EMT in town at all times.  I have been in the fire department 28 years and an EMT 21 years.
2.)  Keep the roads maintained.  During the winter make sure the roads are plowed and safe.  Start doing jobs that are unnecessary to have someone else do: for example, mowing lawns.

 

 

 





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