I am writing to you as a candidate for Gardiner town supervisor. So much of politics today is just too adversarial, by nature. I guess it is understandable in a way, as it is “vote for them or you”, but …
It offends my higher sensibilities, so instead tearing down my opponent, I would like to state what I stand FOR.
1. Save the Ridge — Stop illegal developments.
2. Stop the cell tower — move off the Ridge and away from neighborhoods and the highway department.
3. Consider a moratorium on new developments.
I have a vision of a Gardiner where the town government is:
• Open, accessible, transparent, responsive and collaborative.
• Where public comment and ideas are actively welcomed at town meetings.
• Always looking out for your interests and our environment instead of corporate interests.
• A volunteer corps where we all pitch in together to help those who could use a hand.
• Where public comment is an integral and valued part of meetings, rather than relegated to the end in a “privilege of the floor.” I would place it at the beginning of meetings, as other municipalities do. I mean really, “the floor” belongs to the people, and speech is a right not a privilege, right?
• I would organize a Good for Gardiner Committee that would recognize and acknowledge the heroes who give so much back to Gardiner. My first suggested recipient would be Michelle Mosher for a Lifetime of Service Award.
• For too long, there has been a divide between the public and those elected to represent them. I intend to try to bridge that chasm, and reflect the sacred words of Abraham Lincoln: A Town Government “Of the People, By the People, For the People.”
Thanks for reading! Check out Tim4Gardiner.com for updates and if you would like to be a part of positive change in Gardiner.
Early Voting is June 18-25 with polling places in New Paltz and Shawangunk, and at the Firehouse and Town Hall June 27th.