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Harrietstown board needs change

October 29, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

Election Day is less than two weeks away, and we need Tom Catillaz as Harrietstown supervisor. The Harrietstown board needs some new blood and new ideas to get things moving. By having Tom run for the office of supervisor, the existing board felt the pressure to achieve some results.

The board kept the tax increase under 2 percent for the first time in many years, although the budget raids the piggy bank of the fund balances, equivalent to an additional 8 percent tax hike. From 2007 to 2011, they raided the piggy bank an average of 3.74 percent of the tax levy, so the tax increases would have been even higher. As we all know, eventually the piggy bank will be empty, unless we have a change in leadership direction.

The board recently voted to allow the farmers market into the town hall for November and December. Two years ago they wouldn't even talk to the (AuSable Valley) Grange until it submitted a formal request. I know; I was at the meeting when it was brought up. Sometimes it pays to have some informal discussion to see if there will be a chance of a meeting of minds.

The public meetings on the airport were held in March and May, with a promise of a report on the feedback and ideas. Five months later and nothing but silence. The airport is a vital and valuable resource for our region. We need to work to keep it viable while not putting an undue burden on the Harrietstown taxpayers. There are many people in the town who are willing and able to help the town by providing their volunteer time both to work on the airport strategy and to market the business park. The volunteerism of our town is a vast untapped resource just waiting for the right leader to head the town board.

We need a town supervisor who can, and will, work cooperatively with the village for the betterment of our regional community. Lobby in Malone; lobby in Albany. Work together to make sure that Trudeau Institute knows we want it to stay here in our community. Just last week, the Trudeau Institute sent a letter to the mayor and the deputy supervisor asking them to sit down and discuss what they can do. For months, the village board has been asking the town board to have discussions with Trudeau, but that has not happened.

The town leadership needs to be willing and able to sit down with the village leadership and work together. United we stand; divided we fall. That's what is needed for the country; that's what is needed for our village and town.

We need effective leadership, and we need it now. We don't need someone who wants the village to slow down and wait for the town to catch up. We need someone who will lead the town forward in a timely manner.

Tom Catillaz is that person. So, please vote for Tom Catillaz on Election Day. And tell your friends and neighbors; Tom is the right choice, the better choice, the choice for action.

Richard Shapiro

Saranac Lake



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