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Voters will face important choices

TRI-COUNTY AREA—The polls will be open Tuesday, Nov. 3, for the general election.
Voting will decide a number of contested seats, both in the Yates County Legislatures and the District Attorney position. The contested town positions include Tyrone board and supervisor, Barrington, Italy and Jerusalem town boards.
The Republican committee has chosen Leslie Church to run for District III (Milo 1, 2, 3, 5, 6), taking the place of Robert Nielsen who passed away Friday, Oct. 23. Robert F. Brechko, Democratic commissioner for the Yates County Board of Elections, said the decision for Church to run was made Sunday, Oct. 25 at an emergency meeting. Church is also running for a Milo town board position.
Brechko explained the board of elections is reprinting 3,500 ballots for District III. He added that as the board gets absentee ballots in for this area, they will try to send them back to give people a chance to re-vote with the change.
In Schuyler County, Legislative District III (Catharine, Cayuta, Hector) is on the ballot.  The Schuyler County Board of Elections explained that for the legislative seats on the ballot, one Legislator elected must be from Hector. The board said it is a law because Hector is so much bigger than Cayuta and Catharine. The two candidates from Hector are Clifford D. Yaw and Doris L. Karius. The other two candidates are Barbara J. Halpin and Glenn R. Larison. There are three seats in District III.
In Wayne, some residents will also be voting on the water district for Sylvan Beach and along part of Waneta Lake.

POSITION:
Yates County District I Legislature (Italy, Middlesex, Jerusalem)
Candidates on the ballot:
Donna P. Alexander
H. Taylor Fitch II
Robert N. Multer
Douglas Paddock
Mary St. George
Vote for four

Yates County Legislative candidates were asked:*
1.) In 25 words or less, please tell us why you think you should be elected:
2.)  If you think changes should be made to the budget, what specific areas do you suggest targeting?
3.) If you think changes should be made to tourism related spending, what specifically do you suggest be done differently?
4.) Any other comments?

Donna P. Alexander
1.) I have served on the YC Legislature for six years and would like to continue to represent the citizens of District I in a responsible manner.  I currently serve as chair of the public safety committee.  2.) The Legislature is charged with the responsibility of providing for the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens while providing these services in an efficient, cost effective manner.  Changes made to the budget must be carefully thought out and  reviewed as a whole.
3.) There is already a TPA (tourist promotion agency) in place through our Chamber of Commerce.  I believe that a method can be developed for the new tourism agency to work cooperatively with the Chamber to maximize state, county, and local funding.
4.) I know that YC is a beautiful, healthy, safe place to live.  I want to see our County have a stable growth of tourism, agriculture, and business.
H. Taylor Fitch
1.) Education: BS Business Administration.  Leadership: Captain U.S. Army, Business owner 26 years, Hospital Board 17 Years, seven Years Chairman, nine Years Jerusalem Town Board.
2.) County Government shapes the kind of community we live in more than any other government. Budget influences how services are provided. Is a delicate balance between providing quality necessary services and keeping a low tax levy. Yates County cost per person for services rates very low in the state and lower than our neighboring counties.
3.) Occupancy Tax passed for two reasons: 1) Develop growing tourism revenue based on direct result of tourism growth. 2) Eliminate the property tax burden to fund tourism. Legislature is exploring how best to spend the increase of revenue accumulated through the tax.
4.) County Legislature is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of its residents, having more direct effect on you than any other government.
Robert Multer
1.) My record will show I have always supported the services the county provides to insure the public safety, public health, economic development, and other services while keeping the property tax as low as possible.
2.) I believe the budget that has been developed contains the funding needed to provide the services that are our responsibility.
3.) I believe we need to invest more in tourism spending because tourism represents a major part of the economic health of our community.
4.) Four of the most significant initiatives involve the Waterfront development study, return of the Penn Yan Boat Company property to the tax rolls, a study of high speed communication availability, and the creation of a fund to increase the promotion of tourism.
Douglas Paddock
1.) My demonstrated commitment to the community, professional training and legislature experience give me a unique perspective that allows me to assess potential solutions to the many issues facing the county.
2.) There is no specific area that should be targeted.  In order to hold the property tax levy, it is necessary to reduce expenditures in all areas and continue to seek outside funding sources for larger projects.  Significant reductions would result in loss of services.
3.) The current funding stream leverages maximum available additional monies from NYS for tourism.  Agencies currently funded collaborate to draw visitors to the region, and subsequently to the local area.  Directing all funding to a new agency is not likely to be more effective in attracting tourists.
4.) I have enjoyed serving the residents of my district and believe I have made positive contributions to the county.  I’d like to continue to help the county make fact-based decisions and help shape the future for all county residents.
Mary St. George
1.) I decided to run for this office, because I am concerned with the direction of the county’s finances.  It seems imperative with cutbacks at every level, the county needs to take a better look at expenditures and look at options to reduce spending such as consolidation of services.
3.) We should have a tourism promotion agency separate from the chamber of commerce as other counties have done.  Additional - no, separate - yes.  These two agencies would be able to work together.
4.) Natural gas exploration and wind farms: Instead of saying no to all projects, we need to find alternatives that will not impact our watersheds as well as the beauty of the area.  The current projects as requested and proposed will damage our landscape and water sources.

POSITION:
Yates County District II Legislature (Benton, Potter, Torrey)
Candidates on the ballot:
Timothy J. Dennis
Donald F. House
Dale Lane
Richard L. Willson
Vote for three

Donald F. House
1.) I have the time and the interest in serving the people of my district.  They are the people I am responsible to.
2.) Every budget item is reviewed not only by the county budget office, but by all legislators.  We are all taxpayers and none are interested in wasteful spending.
3.) I think what we need to do is continue support for the Cooperative Extension and Soil and Water Conservation as part of tourism.  The county has funded a grape specialist for 40 years leading to some of the best wineries in the country.  Soil and Water for keeping our lake clean.
4.) I was the farm management instructor at the Wayne Finger Lakes Vocational School for 10 years.  I have been a school counselor since 1978 and have served in 10 schools as an interim counselor since my retirement.
Dale Lane
1.) I should be elected because I have a strong background in the tourism industry and economic development, and I feel that is lacking in the current legislature.
2.) I think all departments need to be looked at line by line.  This will give you true expenses, and in the same area your may even need an increase.  One of the big things that need to be looked at is grant money.  In most cases the county has to put money with the grant.
3.) I believe tourism and agriculture are the major industries in Yates County and that there should be a major focus put on these.  Promoting and investing in tourism or ag-tourism such as wineries can only help with its tax burden, this increasing sales tax revenue and offsetting the increase in property tax.
4.) I feel Yates needs to look at our future and determine how to increase revenue through sales tax and tourism spending.  If this doesn’t happen you and I will be paying the bills, because expenses are not going down.
Richard L. Willson
1.) I believe that I can help develop a better living environment and enhance economic progress.
2.) The budget needs to reflect the current economic conditions.  Retired citizens are facing a cost of living freeze in social security, dairy farmers are in financial danger, and many in the community are without jobs. 
3.) The present economic conditions warrant freezing the current spending on tourism for the next budget cycle.  I do believe however, that in general the investment in tourism has had a positive result and must be continued.
4.) Marcellus gas drilling, wind farm development, lakefront and waterfront development, and job creation are and should be the focus by the legislature.  As I stated before, educating our children and then losing them to other regions because there are no jobs is heartbreaking.

POSITION:
Yates County District III Legislature (Milo 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
Candidates on the ballot:
Daniel Banach
Leslie Church
Deborah Flood
Patrick J. Galvin
Mark W. Morris
Vote for four

Daniel Banach
1.) I think I should be elected because my years of community service have given me an understanding of the uniqueness of Yates County. My experience in dealing with budgets gives me good perspective on the needs of the county.
2.) The budget has to be perused very carefully and every vacant county job has to be justified to be refilled.  We also have to look at shared services with the Villages, Towns and State.
3.) We have to look at all options, if that is funding an additional agency within the parameters of the current budget, then that is the direction I would go. I’m not for increasing the budget to add another agency.
4.) Yates County is unique and a wonderful place to live. We have a delightful mixture of  farms, vineyards and recreational areas that must be preserved and protected.
Leslie Church
1.) I have served the town of Milo on the planning board for six years and as Chairperson for three.  I would like to continue to serve and do my part to make a difference in the quality of life.
Deborah Flood
1.) I am conservative, do my homework on issues, and I know what is expected of me, who I represent, and how outspoken to represent all the people.
2.) The final target for budget is always what the tax impact will be to property owners for a zero percent increase.
3.) Business takes care of business.  I do not favor government bailouts.  Government supports all business by bringing things like broadband to the whole county, having good paved roads, working for clean air and water, providing public safety, and supporting public health.
4.) People matter and being a legislator means being responsible to the whole community, especially those who cannot speak for themselves.
Patrick Galvin
1.) I pledge to bring Yates County spending more in line with our neighboring counties.  I pledge to invigorate the business climate and support tourism and agri-tourism in all its forms.
2.) I suggest we target the budget process and institute a zero base budget and immediately begin benchmarking other counties to establish a new baseline.  Benchmarking will show us where Yates is outside the norm and will guide our budget modification process.
3.) We should cut back or eliminate the funding of non-Yates exclusive tourism entities.  The funding of joint ventures with other counties has seemed to benefit them, not us.  Look at Watkins Glen, Geneva, and Canandaigua.  They are growing, we’re not.
4.) I don’t think Yates County needs 14 legislators to lead the government.  Let’s reduce the number of legislators, their pay, and their benefits.
Mark Morris
1.) In the last decade, spending and taxes in Yates County have increased steadily, while economic growth has remained stagnant. My training and experience in business management and cost control uniquely qualify me to help.
2.) The first target is the budgeting process: Implement the use of benchmarking in the Legislature-we must compare our costs structure to other counties.  Practice Zero Based Budgeting techniques and fund based on the need.  Review and push back on state mandates. Within the budget itself, Public Safety appears to be high.
3.) I would encourage creative options for new groups to encourage more tourism. If you look at other counties who are more successful than we are on tourism and sales tax revenue, you will see that they fund tourism more and have a better Tourism Promotion Agency focus.
4.) Getting new gas from the Marcellus Shale layer under southern upstate N.Y. represents a great opportunity for our country to reduce dependence on foreign oil, and very large risk to our ground water and lake water quality if not done correctly.

POSITION:
Yates County District IV Legislature (Barrington, Milo 4, Starkey)
Candidates on the ballot:
Joseph E. Gibson
William R. Holgate
James P. Multer
Steven Webster
Vote for three

Joseph E. Gibson
1.) I feel I would bring fresh perspective, knowledge of business, and budgeting.
2.) As in business it’s not one drastic cut of any one area.  But looking at all costs and it will be the sum of all the adjustments that balances the books so the reserve fund doesn’t need to be dipped into to make ends meet.
3.) First tourism is something that is greatly needed.  Results of the tourism promoter board should be benchmarked.  We have a responsibility to our businesses and our region to promote our products, services, people, and small town way of life.  Whichever group can do that efficiently amid cost efficiency should be given the contract.
Bill Holgate
1.) I have made a commitment to local government and gained the knowledge that one needs to represent the people of Yates County.  I would like to continue that representation.
2.) The budget is constantly under review by the decisions we make.  The outside agencies such as Chamber of Commerce, Tourism, Cooperative Extension, Soil and Water, Youth and Recreation program, tended to be grouped up in the budget process.  I like them to stand on their individual merits for funding consideration.
3.) We have a new group that has formed to promote tourism in Yates County.  I am in favor of a targeted approach to tourism in Yates, but feel the funds need to continue to flow through the Chamber of Commerce where we can get matching state funds.
4.) I am very proud to be a part of Yates County.  The people who make up out administration, department heads, workforce, and outside agencies are truly dedicated people with professionalism and efficiency which make our county a great place to live.
James P. Multer
1.) As the former supervisor of the town of Barrinton and current member of Yates County Legislature, I have proven my ability and my commitment to the community.2.) At this time the budget is being scrutinized.  There may be modifications before the process is completed but it is too soon to know specifically what they may be.  Since the budget has a zero percent tax increase, I would not anticipate any changes that would cause that to go up.
3.) The tourism industry is vital to the economy of Yates County, and funds need to be provided to promote the continued growth of tourist related businesses.  At this time a system is already in place to provide the maximum funding possible without using property taxes.
4.) All county departments, including the sheriff’s department, the district attorney, and the legislature, have done an exemplary job for Yates County.  I am confident voters will not be duped by ridiculously inaccurate, misleading and negative advertising in local papers.
Steven Webster
1.) As a lifelong, active resident, I am and will continue to be dedicated to the betterment of all phases of our community.
2.) The projected budget already does not include the purchase of some vehicles and equipment, not the filling of several vacant county positions.  Efforts to consolidate more duplicate functions between county and town departments should continue to be pursued.
3.) Tourism should be a top priority of the organizations which are given funding for it.  Due to the increase in the 50/50 occupancy tax revenue, these agencies will have more money to expand Yates County businesses visibility and promotion.

POSITION:
Yates County District Attorney
Candidates on the ballot:
Edward J. Brockman
Jason Cook
Vote for one

The District Attorney candidates were asked:
In 25 words or less, please tell us why you think you should be elected.

Edward J. Brockman
I have the experience needed to prosecute the true criminals and the common sense to know the people who deserve a second chance.
Jason Cook
In any field, experience that matters comes from actually doing the job.  I have successfully prosecuted hundreds of felonies and fought for justice for victims.

POSITION:
Barrington town board
Candidates on the ballot:
Bruce R. Castner
Nathaniel K. Olney
Steven J. Wright
Vote for two

All town candidates were asked:
 1.) In 25 words or less, please tell us why you think you should be elected:
2.)  If you think changes should be made to the budget, what specific areas do you suggest targeting?
3.) Any other comments?

Bruce R. Castner
1.) Being a native Barrington farmer and also a lakefront owner, I am familiar with the concerns of many of its residents.
2.) In these trying financial times I do not believe we can add any new items to the budget.  We need to make best use of all the items that are presently in force.
Nathaniel K. Olney
1.) Because I think that with the number of years I have been a board member I could be some help to the new town supervisor.
2.) I think we should hold on most everything.  Possibly, give town employees a cost of living raise.  There are some items such as fuel and fire protection we have no control over.
Steven J. Wright
1.) I’ve been a Barrington resident for 25 years.  I have experience working in a diversified group.  I gained this experience while serving my country in the Gulf War.
2.) I suggest targeting our highway department in reviewing where we stand compared to other comparable townships.  The highway department as a whole consumes the majority of the budget.  We need to work at allocating the highway funds to permanent improvements and get our roads in better shape.
3.) Many voters think that they have to Vote for two candidates.  This is not the case.  Look for box 12G on the ballot.

POSITION:
Town of Italy supervisor
Candidates on the ballot:
Margaret M. Dunn
Bradley E. Jones
Vote for one

Margaret Dunn
1.) I am most qualified.  I will step into office Jan. 1 and know what needs to be done.
2.) The town budget is a no frills document now.  It is hard to say until we are faced with having to make that choice.
3.) If I am re-elected I will look out for all the people, not just those people who think like I do.  I do not have my own agenda for the town other than to keep the town financially secure.
Brad Jones
1.) We are better qualified in terms of overall work experience and education.  We also have proven leadership skills.
2.) Every line item in the budget needs to be evaluated for savings opportunities.  We have the business analysis skills to do this in an objective and fair manner.  We will also reach out to other taxing authorities and work with them to find opportunities for additional savings.
3.) The biggest issue in the town is the current board’s mishandling of the Ecogen Industrial Wind proposal.  They have refused to listen to the people of the town.  We will quickly deal with this issue and begin to build a prosperous future for residents and taxpayers.

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

POSITION:
Italy town board
Candidates on the ballot:
Donna Baran
Frederick T. Johnstone
Charles E. Kreuzer
Vote for two

Donna Baran
1.) Integrity.  Proven leadership skills and a commitment to serving my community.
2.) I would like to review and assess the entire budget in an effort to best utilize the funds available for our town.
3.) If elected to the board I promise the people of Italy to represent their interests in town business, particularly as they relate to industrial wind and economic prosperity.
Frederick T. Johnstone
1.) Our town needs a new direction in government which safeguards our community’s greatest assets: its beauty and serenity, and eliminates future potential encroachment on our quality of life by the turbine company.
2.) Modern accounting procedures such as zero-based budgeting should be employed.  As new economic initiatives and sensible partnering are examined to solidify and enhance our financial base to develop plans to bring self reliance to the town.
3.) We need a complete change in the make-up of the town board to ensure that the threat of wind turbine encroachment on our hills is permanently removed so that potential investment may resume in our town which is based on our town’s greatest natural assets.

POSITION:
Jerusalem town board
Candidates on the ballot:
Thomas H. Close
Michael Folts
Max A. Parson
Vote for two

Thomas H. Close
1.) As a member of the subdivision (chair) and the house number subcommittees, I have demonstrated my ability to work cooperatively to solve difficult problems.
2.) I have been attending the budget workshops, and realize that the budgeting process is complex, involving adjustments and trade-offs between multiple accounts, many of which are substantially fixed costs.  I believe that the current board is going a good job at budgeting and have not seen opportunities for substantial cuts.
3.) I support the goals in the Jerusalem comprehensive plan and the guidelines in the Keuka Lake Watershed Land Use Planning Guide.  The fiscal health of the town is dependent on the success of our small businesses and the agricultural sector.
Michael Folts
1.) It has taken four years to learn the job.  I would like another term to represent all the people of Jerusalem, agriculture, homeowners, and retired people.
2.) The economy is on a downward cycle and most government still wants to keep their fund balances high.  They do this to make sure they have enough money down the road.  But if they would just be up front with the taxpayer, I think the taxpayer would understand when an increase is really needed.
3.) I think it’s time local government learned to tighten their belt a little.  Most people in our county have had to do the same.  The words “it’s always been done this way” don’t work any more.

POSITION:
Middlesex highway superintendent
Candidates on the ballot:
Thomas Reifsteck
William Rought
Vote for one

Thomas Reifsteck
1.) I have over 35 years of experience with the town highway department.  Half of this job is snow plowing.  I have an excellent relationship with my crew and my town board.
2.) My budget is already $20,000 less than last year.  We are buying a new pay loader next year, with no increase to our budget.
3.) Since 2002 I have been on the executive committee for the New York State Town Highway Superintendent’s Association and past September was named president.
William Rought
1.) Twenty plus years at C.P. Wood Inc. in highway and heavy construction.  Ten years in supervisory position.  Thirty-seven years as a Middlesex resident willing to bring new ideas and change to the town.
3.) I work mainly on New York State Department of Transportation projects.  Local sites are Route 245 bridge, north of Naples in 2009 and Route 64 bridges neat Bristol Mt.

POSITION:
Middlesex town council
Candidates on the ballot:
Allan J. Button
Daniel L. Paddock Jr.
Peter Gerbic
Vote for two

POSITION:
Milo town council
Candidates on the ballot:
Leslie Church
Carroll D. “Cubby” Graves
James Harris
Vote for two

Leslie Church
1.) I have served the town on the planning board for six years and as chairperson for three.  I would like to continue to serve and do my part to make a difference in the quality of life in the town of Milo.
Carroll D. Graves
1.) I have been on the town board for four years now and would still like to serve another term for the residents.
2.) The budget should be kept to a realistic level which is a balance between cost of services and amount of taxes paid..
Jim Harris
1.) As a lifelong resident I have the best interest of the town at heart.  I feel that I can serve all the residents of the town.
2.) Limit spending where possible so that no tax increases are necessary.
3.) I want to do my part to preserve the scenic beauty and rural character of our community..

POSITION:
Potter highway superintendent
Candidates on the ballot:
Kris Christensen
Arthus L. Parsons
Vote for one

POSITION:
Schuyler County District III Legislature (Catharine, Cayuta, Hector)
Candidates on the ballot:
Barbara J. Halpin
Doris L. Karius, Glenn R. Larison
Clifford D. Yaw.
Vote for three

Schuyler County Legislative candidates were asked:
1.) In 25 words or less, please tell us why you think you should be elected:
2.) Do you support a yearly tax on county townships to support and increase the funding for SCOPED?
3.) Administrator Tim O’Hearn wants to decrease the budget.  If you agree, what specific cuts do you suggest?
4.) Any other comments?

Doris L. Karius
1.) I work and listen to all and support shared services with the county working with the towns, villages, and neighboring counties to save dollars.
2.) No.  Use sales tax to help SCOPED.
3.) Limit new hires to necessary only.  Use our sales tax wisely.  Continue to work with town, village in shared services.  Join Chemung in saying no to mandated programs.
4.) The county is a wonderful place to live.  No matter who you are, if you need a helping hand you can find it.
Barbara Halpin
1.) Because of my insights and experience in the county and my previous experience on the Legislature, I can get answers to questions and work with the other members of the legislature on solutions that will decrease the real property taxes for our citizens.
2.) The county should more closely asess the activities of SCOPED and all funding should be based on meeting specific targets in job creation.
3.) The county legislature needs to prioritize spending to reduce the tax rate.  All new programs and positions created over the last 10 years should be evaluated for need and effectiveness.
Glenn R. Larison
1.) I am dedicated to serving the people of Schuyler County.  I study the needs and support a government that serves the people.
2.) Yes.
3.) We must control spending.  However, we need to be ready to support the needs of our people.
4.) We are in a stressful time with unemployment at a new high.  We need to keep up our infrastructure and repairs, law enforcement, helping the indigent.
Clifford D. Yaw
1.) New blood in the chambers.  With different ideas, I will use common sense and work hard.
2.) No.
3.) I would suggest that he go to all employees for suggestions.
4.) I think SCOPED should have been funded by the county and not the towns and villages.

POSITION:
Town of Catharine supervisor
Candidates on the ballot:
John Van Soest
Robert Ketchum.
Vote for one

All town candidates were asked:
1.) In 25 words or less, please tell us why you think you should be elected:
2.) If you think changes should be made to the budget, what specific areas do you specifically suggest targeting?
3.) Any other comments?

Robert Ketchum
1.) I have the heart and desire to see my community prosper, and I am experienced in local government, as trustee and mayor of Odessa for five years.
2.) I believe that in these tough economic times that all areas of the budget need to have a vigorous review and possible adjustment.  The budget is not way off center in one area or another.  So no drastic adjustments are in order.
3.) It is my desire to see local government have more involvement from the residents of the township.  If we are transparent with those we serve it can only create an atmosphere of growth.  Won’t you join me?
John Van Soest
1.) My business and work experiences provide me with a strong skill-set to do a good job.  I work well with others, and can be effective.
2.) Our board has worked hard to keep the budget reasonable, so there are no obvious targets for easy cuts.  We need to look at every line item for possible savings, but we can’t rely on quick fixes if they’re going to cost the taxpayers more in the long run.
3.) My wife and I have made our home here for 19 years operating the Fontainebleau Inn, and we feel lucky to live in such a beautiful area.  I hope to serve our community by pushing for effective government, reasonable taxes, and respectful dialogue about the town’s future.


POSITION:
Catharine clerk/tax collector
Candidates on the ballot:
Katherine Deal
Carmella P. Hoffman.
Vote for one

Katherine Deal
1.) I want to bring the “Best Practices” of other Town Clerk offices to our town to increase public awareness, efficiencies, and services to our taxpayers.
2.) Currently our town’s flat fee of $10 for building permits is the lowest around.  The responsibilities of the Building Inspector’s position increases with the complexities of a project.  That position needs to be more adequately funded by realistic fees for services.
3.) The town of Catharine has a lot going on that all taxpayers may not be aware of.  For an example the recent purchase of a ranch style house for $160,000 across from the Catharine Town Park.  This will be converted for their new offices.
Carmella P. Hoffman
1.) I have the experience to help the office run smoothly with a new supervisor.
2.) We have always worked at keeping our budget within reason and this year is no different.  What is hurting the town of Catharine is our equalization rate which will be fixed by 2010.
3.) I feel I have serviced the residents of the town to the best of my ability and I’m always available to them regardless of the time of day.  I look forward to serving “my residents” for another four years.

POSITION:
Catharine town board
Candidates on the ballot:
Ronald Havens
Wayne L. Chapman
George A. Tanner.
Vote for two

POSITION:
Cayuta clerk/tax collector
Candidates on the ballot:
Robin Kay E. Reed
Debra C. Barrett.
Vote for one

Debra C. Barrett
1.) If elected I will honor posted hours, listen to the town residents’ needs, assist them, and remain courteous.  I believe I am qualified for the position.
3.) I can benefit the town as town clerk with my experience with working with the public.  A former town clerk and deputy, I am familiar with the position.  If elected I will go the extra mile to serve my town.  Vote for me on Nov. 3 under “Voice of the People,” it’s time for change.

POSITION:
Town of Dix supervisor
Candidates on the ballot:
Charles J. Franzese
Harold I. Russell.
Vote for one

Harold Russell
1.) Business, homeowners, agriculture are all burdened by property taxes.  With more inter-municipal co-operation and similar tools we may hold the line.
2.) Eliminate position of water and sewer administrator.  This is normally the town clerk’s responsibility.
3.) Member of Environmental Management Council and the Schuyler County Farm Bureau Board.

POSITION:
Hector town board
Candidates on the ballot:
Michael J. Bergen
Charles A. Langenfeld
Jeffrey T. Mangus
Heather C. Sandford
Alvin J. White.
Vote for three

Michael J. Bergen
1.) I believe I should be re-elected because I’m an honest and hard working Hector resident who cares about the quality of life in the town of Hector.
2.) The Hector town board tries hard to keep budget costs down while still improving the conditions of the roads and services to the town residents.
3.) Every government should watch spending and the tax burden on  people.
Jeffrey T. Mangus
1.) I have strived to represent all the citizens of Hector.  I respect their concerns and value their opinions.  I am always willing to listen and assist when I can.
2.) The town board goes through the budget line by line.  This provides each board member opportunity for input on every item in the budget.  Board members are able to work together to insure the budget meets the needs of residents at the lowest possible cost.
3.) Gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale is coming.  We must respect the right of landowners to contract with gas companies to extract this valuable natural resource.  At the same time we must use every avenue possible to protect our infrastructure, aquifers, property values, and quality of life we all enjoy.
Alvin J. White
1.) I believe that I have been able to represent the people effectively and fairly in my tenure as Town Councilman and would like to continue.
2.) I believe that the town board has put together a good preliminary budget that limits our expenditures but maintains our current service.  There will be no increase in the town tax rate even though there was a 20 percent increase in our health insurance premiums plus a small increase in salaries.
3.) The biggest issue looming in front of the town board is gas drilling.  The town needs to work with the county and state governments to ensure that we protect the rights of the land owners to drill but also protect our vital resources such as roads and water.

POSITION:
Town of Orange supervisor
Candidates on the ballot:
Henry E. Taylor Jr.
William F. Mullaney.
Vote for one

Henry Taylor Jr.
1.) I am forward looking and believe I would be an asset toward preparing the town for future growth while keeping taxes at a minimum.
2.) Road improvements, youth recreation, and community services need to be scrutinized and adjusted accordingly.
3.) Plans need to be put in place for the future of the town.

POSITION:
Orange town justice
Candidates on the ballot:
Cynthia L. Roseman-Puccio
Melissa A. Miller.
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Cynthia L. Roseman-Puccio
1.) I have 28 years experience as a legal/litigation secretary and paralegal in civil litigation, real property, wrongful termination, matrimonial law, etc.  I would be fair and impartial.
2.) I don’t think the budget really applies to the position of Town Justice.  However, if there is a budget for the Justice, I would need to examine it closely before I could comment.
3.) While I believe in the letter of the law, I don’t think it is perfect.  I would try to adjudicate according to the situation and how the law applies to it.


POSITION:
Orange superintendent of highways
Candidates on the ballot:
Walter J. Strawser
Darold Allen DeCamp.
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POSITION:
Town of Tyrone supervisor
Candidates on the ballot:
Lisa Bishop
Joe T. Sevier.
Vote for one

Lisa Bishop
1.) I have experience.  As I have been doing the administrative duties, payroll, state and federal reports and budgets, I have developed a working relationship with the county and state levels.
2.) Budget cuts are difficult with inflation.  Maintaining and improvements with minimal increases are my goal.  Equipment maintenance, fuel, and heating costs are most difficult, along with the cost of insurances.
3.) In the past four years I have worked with the present supervisor in helping the town save money (heating the town garage with wood, transporting the highway stone by railway).
Joe T. Sevier
1.) I will work hard to improve things that will be of benefit to all citizens of Tyrone.
2.) Cuts in the budget should be made in the area of unnecessary spending that does not help all people.

POSITION:
Tyrone town board
Candidates on the ballot:
Frederick D. Erdle
Pamela A. Grimmke
Edward J. Perry Sr.
Vote for two

Fred Erdle
1.) Tyrone has been my home for 15 years.  I need to serve my community.  I am a good listener.  I can discuss ideas, working well with others.
2.) Continue to function within the framework of an essential budget with a focus on completion of the new town hall.  Look for opportunities to bring work into the area.  Continue with shared services with neighboring towns.
3.) Board experience on Lamoka Waneta Lakes Association and school board at St. Augustine’s School in Rochester.  Thirty-four years at Xerox Corp.  Worked for town of Tyrone highway department.  Currently working for the Office for the Aging delivering meals to the elderly.
Pamela Grimmke
1.)  Responsible planning and prudent stewardship of town resources, while protecting resident and town interests, are my priorities.   I have experience in planning and budget, as well as the commitment to follow through.
2.) The town budget needs to be reviewed in its entirety sorting out the musts and wants, while considering the short and long-term impact.  Grants and alternative means of financing needed projects should be actively pursued before using taxes as the sole source of revenue.
3.) We are facing challenging times as we travel the twists and turns of state and national economics now and in the future. Innovative thinking, imagination, resolve and common sense must be part of the approach to the financial shortfalls.

POSITION:
Steuben County District V Legislature (Urbana, Pulteney, Prattsburgh)
Candidates on the ballot:
Michael Hanna
Janet Stone
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