The race for Malta town supervisor has settled into a two-way race between incumbent Republican Paul Sausville and Democrat Cynthia Young.
The two have different visions of how the town should grow with the arrival of the GlobalFoundries computer chip complex.
Young supports a concentrated downtown like the one current zoning promotes, and Sausville is opposed.
Education/Experience: Graduate of University of Vermont; retired state Department of Environmental Conservation engineer; environmental engineering consultant; longtime member and chairman of the Malta Planning Board; former Malta town councilman; town supervisor, 2006-present
Ballot lines: Democrat, Working Families
Education/Experience: Graduate of SUNY Oswego; self-employed bookkeeper; member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Assessment Review; former chairman of Malta Youth Commission; previously has run for town clerk and Town Board
Councilman Peter Klotz, who lost a GOP primary to Sausville in September, still has the Conservative party line for Nov. 5, but announced earlier this month he wouldn’t campaign. He didn’t endorse anyone.
Young, 56, a self-employed bookkeeper, ran against Sausville in 2011 and lost by only 57 votes. She also has the Working Families ballot line this time around.
“My basic message is I think residents of Malta deserve a more open government than what they’re getting now, with decisions being made at 8 in the morning,” Young said, referring to Town Board deliberations on GlobalFoundries Fab 8.2.
Sausville said he hasn’t heard that criticism from anyone else.
“I think we are very open,” he said. “People can sign up to get all our agendas by email. ... I’m always accessible.”
Sausville said his eight years as supervisor have seen major accomplishments, including construction of GlobalFoundries Fab 8, plans laid for Fab 8.2, construction of the Round Lake Bypass and expansion of the Malta Community Center. He noted that he also led negotiations on the incentive package that brought $4 million in community benefit payments from GlobalFoundries.
“If I’m elected for another two years, you’re going to see some exciting things happen,” said Sausville, 73, a retired civil engineer.
He also pointed to his experience, with 30 years on the Planning Board and Town Board before he became supervisor in 2006.
Sausville said residents are worried about the future of the town, based on a survey he conducted. He said suburban-style development needs to be accepted as the town’s future.
“We have to accept the car. The automobile is here to stay,” he said.
Young, however, said Sausville’s vision of having Malta be a small town isn’t realistic given the amount of development that’s taken place.
“The die was cast when the Northway was built,” she said at a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters earlier this month. “We’re no longer the small town of Malta. We need to have a realistic vision for the future.”
Without a realistic vision, Young said, the town could end up with development it doesn’t want.
She said the town should be focusing on promoting commercial development in the downtown area and creating a “walkable” downtown, as part of a plan to preserve space in other parts of the town.
“We all don’t want to see the suburban sprawl,” she said.
She also supports offering tax incentives to bring new business into the Luther Forest Technology Campus, something Sausville said needs to be considered on a “case by case” basis when businesses want to move in.
Economic developers think current zoning prohibiting tax incentives is one of the main reasons the technology campus hasn’t developed more quickly, leading to insolvency of the corporation that owns it.
Young also criticized Sausville for “micromanaging” town departments, reflecting some of the atmosphere inside Town Hall. He defended his management role.
“I’m in the office every day, and nine times out of 10, I go to the department head,” he said.
Sausville has been endorsed by the New York League of Conservation Voters, which cited the town’s park and other environmental initiatives.
Young’s endorsements include labor unions, the Saratoga Area Labor Council and Eleanor’s Legacy, which supports women running for public office.
The supervisor serves a two-year term, and also represents the town on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. The proposed town salary for 2014 is $31,415, plus $18,509 from the county.
Sausville is in line by seniority to chair the county board in 2014 if he is re-elected next month.
Also on the Nov. 5 ballot, Democrat Carol Henry and incumbent Republicans Maggi Ruisi and John Hartzell are running for two four-year seats on the Town Board.
Republican Steven Gottman and Conservative candidate Elwood Sloat are vying for an open town justice position. Gottman, an attorney, defeated Sloat, a retired state police major, in a September Republican primary, but Sloat is actively campaigning on the Conservative line.