As your County Legislator, I will continue working to strengthen services for youths and seniors, improve constituent relations and support sound economic development efforts to expand the tax base and protect taxpayers. As a fiscal conservative with private sector business experience, I have made reducing the burden carried by taxpayers my number one priority. I will deal with the issues in an honest and straightforward manner always respecting the rights and opinions of others.
As Councilman, I supported the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 town budgets that did not raise taxes. As I did in the town, I will continue reviewing all expenditures throughout the county to protect taxpayers and ensure continued budget stability. I also recognize the enormous burdens placed on local budgets and property taxpayers by unfunded state and federal mandates. I will work in a cooperative fashion with all elected officials to support real reform of mandates.
Ensuring that youths have adequate services and guidance is a commitment for me. As co-chairman of the Youth Committee, I helped revitalize the summer program and restored the youth center at Town Hall saving tax payers $70,000 a year in the process. We have also built new playgrounds and improved special events such as the children's Christmas party and Easter egg hunt. With years as a coach and instructor and active supporter of youth organizations, I will continue to work and encourage quality youth services.
Our seniors have given so much to our town and country and deserve the best. I will proudly support the outstanding level of services provided at the county nursing home, Van Rensselaer Manor, considered one of the finest senior care facilities in the Northeast. Quality and affordable housing for seniors is a priority. As a Councilman, I have supported projects to create new and affordable senior housing in North Greenbush. Ensuring seniors have access to quality services will always be important to me and I will always treat calls and concerns from seniors as a priority.
With New York State’s taxes among the highest in the nation, expanding the tax base to relieve the enormous burden on property taxpayers will be a priority. I supported projects to expand the tax base in North Greenbush, helping produce the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 town budgets that did not raise property taxes. At the same time, I recognize the need to protect the investments made by other properties; maintain quality of life and the unique feeling and look of neighborhoods throughout our town.
Open and honest government is the foundation of our democracy. I value the input of residents and encourage their involvement in local government. As a county legislator, I will post regular updates of my actions as a county lawmaker on the county website and newspapers. I will also encourage residents to e-mail me with suggestions and ideas regarding the operation of town government, and I will always maintain an open door policy when it comes to dealing with the people I am elected to serve.
My wife Deb and I are proud to have many friends and family throughout Rensselaer County and our county. We consider it an honor to represent our town and would take the utmost care with the confidence placed in us by residents.