Candidate Young has the qualifications for supervisor
I’ve lived in Malta for more than 25 years. I’ve raised my family here. As a self-employed bookkeeper, I’ve worked with small businesses throughout the area. I am an active volunteer in our community. I serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Assessment Review. I have worked as a data collector for the assessor and as deputy town clerk.
We have seen tremendous change. The die was cast in the late 1960s when the Adirondack Northway was extended to Glens Falls. In the early 1970s, 1,400 homes were built in Luther Forest and another 300 homes in Country Knolls.
Now, of course, we face even greater development pressure as a result of the GlobalFoundries project. We are no longer “the small town of Malta.” We need leadership that has a realistic vision of the future.
Balanced development is essential to maintain our fiscal health. Commercial development helps to ease the burden of taxes on the homeowner and will increase our share of the sales tax revenue from the county.
In the midst of all of this change we must endeavor not to lose our sense of community. Malta is, and always has been, a “family town.” In these trying financial times, families need activities that don’t sap their budgets. As a longtime member of the Malta Youth Commission, I helped plan many free or low-cost events for families. I hope we never lose sight of our priorities.
The residents of Malta deserve a government that makes decisions in an open and transparent environment — not one that makes decisions that can affect the quality of life of residents at 8 a.m. the day before a holiday. I refer to the July 3 decision to allow a potential GlobalFoundries 8.2 to operate 24/7 for 18 months in the construction phase.
Malta needs strong leadership. We need a supervisor who is willing to listen, accept compromise, foster strong relationships with department heads, and try to build a consensus in difficult decisions.
As supervisor, I pledge to listen to the voters and to lead responsibly. Please support me on Nov. 5.
Sutton’s experience is what the city needs in a mayor
One of the definitions for “politician” in Webster’s dictionary is “a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow, usually short-sighted, reasons.” It is no wonder that we as community have tired of the cliché politician.
The requirements of the position of mayor of Saratoga Springs lean heavily toward a person that has a strong background in the city, strong ability to adequately weigh need vs. expense, and strong enough character to stand up to all of the special-interest groups (i.e. developers, unions etc.) while standing up for the community.
I am grateful that this year’s race for mayor has a choice for the non-politician type candidate. Shauna Sutton has nothing to gain, but everything to give, as mayor. She has a long history of community involvement. She has an intimate knowledge of the city and its workings, acquired during her six-year tenure as deputy mayor. She has the intelligence and skill to evaluate and form consensus as issues arise. She will stand up for the city and the community at large.
Please join me and cast your vote for Shauna Sutton for mayor!
Donna L. Martin