For better business climate in Malta, vote for Klotz
I am writing because I am concerned about the business climate in Malta. In planning circles, Malta was viewed as a model of how to do it right.
The climate has changed, mainly due to the public statements made by Supervisor Paul Sausville. He has discouraged investments, development and business expansion in Malta.
Times have indeed changed and we need new leadership. Peter Klotz is that leadership. He believes we can afford to be more flexible in our recruitment efforts as we try to attract other tenants to the Luther Forest Tech Campus. He will foster better cooperation with businesses and Saratoga County.
Our Malta building department reports a new surge in interest now that form based zoning codes are in place, a measure that was opposed only by Supervisor Sausville.
Peter Klotz wants to bring Malta back to being the envy of the county with our progressive, well-considered plans for smart growth and carefully controlled development. He wants to rebuild good relationships between the town, our businesses and the county.
As a former councilman of 24 years, I am asking you to support new leadership on Sept. 10. Vote for Peter Klotz, vote for a better business climate in Malta.
Town justice needs the experience of candidate Sloat
I have known Woody Sloat for 35 years, professionally and personally. He offers Malta voters a special combination of knowledge, experience and preparation as a candidate for your town justice. You can help him continue his career of public service and simultaneously benefit your community by supporting him with your vote.
Woody excelled throughout his state police career, and was specially selected to be the director of training for the state police because of his demonstrated knowledge of law and ability to educate police officers.
He has extensive knowledge of constitutional, criminal procedure and the other laws that are applicable to the town justice court. Woody oversaw our programs to teach police officers to fairly apply these laws and use reasoned judgment administering tem. As a town justice, he is experienced and well suited to exercise grounded judgment to determine culpability and blame, but also exercise compassion imposing sentencing.
Police are traditionally very involved with community justice courts, and testify in their role as arresting officer, but also frequently serve as the prosecutor in misdemeanor crimes, violations and vehicle and traffic matters. Justice courts are community courts, many with “non-lawyer” justices who effectively serve their community. Woody brings a wealth of legal knowledge and operational experience developed over a long law enforcement career, and deserves your support and vote.
In recent years, there has been a developing trend in some communities where town and village justices experience difficulties regarding availability due to conflicts regarding employment responsibilities and other factors. This is an obstacle, not a bar, to serving as a judge, but still is a legitimate consideration when deciding on the best candidate. In this case, Woody, having just retired from the state police, can be relied on to be readily available and able to provide prompt and efficient service to the community.
James L. Schepperly
The writer is a retired assistant deputy superintendent for the New York State Police.