Candidate Carpenter young, energetic and knowledgeable
Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Dan Carpenter as he was going door-to-door campaigning for village of Schuylerville trustee in this year’s election.
First, I would like to say how happy I am to see a younger person running for village office. We need the talent and drive that our young people like Dan bring to the table. Dan had such a positive energy when he told me about why he is running for trustee.
When he spoke about his goals and what he wants to accomplish, I was impressed with how knowledgeable he was and how easy it was for him to address some of my concerns. I agree with Dan that our sidewalks and other infrastructure are in need of replacing. I was concerned about the cost and Dan followed up with his belief that we must promote responsible commercial growth in the village to help broaden the tax base.
When I asked him about an uptick in crime and drugs in the village, Dan responded by telling me he would work with county and state law enforcement to try to crack down on it. Dan went a step further and proposed a more active youth program at the youth center down at Fort Hardy, staffed by volunteers, which would give the youth of our village an alternative to getting in trouble after school.
Dan knew about the booming mill town that Schuylerville was in the 1960s and how important the river was to our economy. I found myself nodding my head when Dan talked about reconnecting with the Hudson River to utilize all the potential attraction for economic growth that it offers.
Dan Carpenter can count on my vote for village of Schuylerville trustee on March 19.
A vote for Salls and Joie-Zotzmann is a vote for Victory
For the voters of Victory this election is about choices, choices to move forward or maintain the status quo. For the election on March 19, we must choose to support the incumbents, Pat Dewey and Tim Healy, or challengers Malcolm “Mick” Salls and Patti Jolie-Zotzmann.
While on the Board of Trustees, both Tim and Pat stripped the current mayor of much of his executive powers. Their decisions weaken the current village administration. These actions produced the appearance that our elected officials are disorganized and incoherent concerning a unified vision for the village. We have seen rising tensions between the administrations of both Schuylerville and Victory concerning the water intermunicipal agreement and the sewer contract.
The two incumbents both support Water Board Commissioner George Sullivan. George has done nothing but increase the contentious relationship between the villages. George’s actions have resulted in law enforcement taking action against him more than once. If residents have gone to village meetings, it is apparent that both the incumbents are in over their heads. Tim Healy and Pat Dewey clearly are not good at making decisions that are in the best interest of the voters of Victory.
These reasons, along with others, are why I support Mick and Patti. Both are former mayors, who during their terms in office headed Victory in the right direction. Both support projects such as a revitalization of Gates Avenue. As Mick and Patti say, it is the “Gateway” to the community, and we need to develop a plan to aggressively make it a positive invitation to Victory.
Starting with a full sidewalk renovation project, attractive signs and the addition of better lighting, this can happen. Mick and Patti can help get grants for Victory and help with its revitalization. Mick Salls and Patti Jolie-Zotzmann will receive my vote on March 19.