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One issue important to Beekman that residents may not be aware of is the Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program. It is a NYS initiative that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. The program offers free technical assistance, grants, and rebates for electric vehicles. There are over 275 NY communities that have partnered with their state government to build a resilient, low-emission future. Twenty of those towns are in Dutchess County, including Union Vale, LaGrange, Dover, and Pleasant Valley. Beekman is not one of them; it is hampered by lack of interest from the town board. How will you answer your children and grandchildren when they ask what YOU DID to save the environment? I’m so on board with this!
Transparency and Engagement
- What is the Beekman Town Board doing to find out what is important to its residents?
My top priority if I were to be elected is to have, as my campaign says, “A New Voice in Beekman.” It just makes common sense that having only one voice on the Beekman Town Board for such a long time (over eight years) does not make for healthy transparency. Based on the town board meetings I have attended, these actions appear to be a trend:
- Residents are not allowed to comment unless they have signed in prior to the meeting.
- Comments are limited to three minutes. I have seen a speaker beg the supervisor for more time to speak only to be denied.
- Resolutions to be voted on that evening are projected on a white screen; the print is very small and hard to read.
- Often when town finances are being discussed, Tom Carey, town “comptroller,” addresses the board and uses handouts only he and the board members have in their possession.
- I have NEVER heard a discussion between or among board members regarding a single resolution; resolutions are read aloud, a vote is taken, and the resolution passes. I say that, because I have never heard a resolution NOT pass! In fact, in all the resolutions I have heard read aloud, only once have I heard a board member vote nay. That occurred at the meeting on May 8, 2019.
- Finally, the atmosphere at the town board meetings resembles that of a very strictly run elementary classroom. The people in the front of the room are clearly in charge; rules have been decided upon by them, and they will be adhered to. Communication of any kind, such as an exchange of ideas between board members and town residents in attendance, does not take place. There must be a better way to conduct Beekman town board meetings!
I will work diligently to provide more transparency and engagement with my fellow citizens.
Infrastructure in Beekman
Road improvements attract businesses. In the spring Dutchess County was doling out 1.2 million dollars to its towns to improve infrastructure. Union Vale applied for and received such a grant to improve a bridge in that community. So why isn’t Beekman applying for a grant from the county to improve the light at the intersection of Beekman Rd. and Rt. 55? Or to include a turning lane in front of Barton Orchard to help alleviate the back-up of traffic into that business in the fall? Some Beekman residents have complained to me about the time it takes for them to get to their own homes during apple-picking time
Wouldn't it be nice to have sidewalks in Beekman connecting kids to parks and allowing residents to walk in the town center? Joe Ruggiero, former three-terms Wappingers’ supervisor and current candidate for Dutchess County executive, visited Beekman in July on his 22-day tour of towns in the county. Joe commented then that he saw numerous places in our town in need of improvement that would qualify for county and state fundsI will work hard to improve our infrastructure and to make sure Beekman applies for funds and gets its share for this community.
Common Sense Gun Laws
- Data has just been released that New Yorkers are three times safer from gun violence than the rest of the country due to the nine common sense gun laws that were passed by the NYS Senate this year. As co-chair of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Hudson Valley Group, I can assure responsible gun owners that we do not want to take away your guns. We know that guns and hunting have always been a part of the culture in NYS. We work with sheriffs’ departments and schools to make sure guns are stored safely.
- If I were elected, I would continue to encourage passage of common-sense gun laws on a national level. In addition, I would work to establish a committee in Beekman composed of adults, teenagers, and children interested in keeping Beekman a safe town. One suggestion would be to encourage the introduction of Everytown’s Be SMART initiative into the community. Be SMART is a simple, 5-point program that helps ensure safe handling of firearms.
I will work hard to make and keep Beekman a safe place to live, to work and to raise our families.
- Our seniors are important members of this community. Why doesn't Beekman have a Dial-a-Ride for its seniors?
- I have heard our Congressman, Antonio Delgado, speak many times. Several topics he consistently addresses are healthcare, climate, and democracy. Time and time again, what I glean from what Congressman Delgado says is: progressive values like "an equal playing field for all" ARE American values.
I stand by my values and will work hard for others to make sure we all have equal access.
Economy / Budgets
- The administration says the economy is booming. But for whom? Do young people have more jobs to pick from, higher wages, more money for public education and any relief from student loans?
- Why isn’t Beekman’s budget discussed at town board meetings in “layman’s terms”? As I said earlier, when finances are on the agenda, often the speaker and the board members are the only ones provided with copies of the documents being referenced. When cuts are made to certain parts of the budget, such as in the area of recreation, residents would learn from and appreciate being included in the conversation.
I am committed to growing our local economy and will work to establish intelligent budget priorities that benefit everyone in our community.
- We are fortunate to live in a vibrant community rich in history and culture. In my view there is a real need to share and preserve our community's past and our identity.
- So why are we not utilizing some of the resources that we already have such as the Beekman Town Museum, the Mill House, and why don't we have an active town historian. Neither of these has existed for the last 6 years. So, let's look to reopen and utilize this important community asset.
I will examine the feasibility of reopening and reestablishing our museum and to look into other community assets that can be put to work for our local community.
- (POSTED: 10/8/19) One issue important to Beekman that residents may not be aware of is the Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program. It is a NYS initiative that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. The program offers free technical assistance, grants, and rebates for electric vehicles. There are over 275 NY communities that have partnered with their state government to build a resilient, low-emission future. Twenty of those towns are in Dutchess County, including Union Vale, LaGrange, Dover, and Pleasant Valley. Beekman is not one of them; it is hampered by lack of interest from the town board. How will you answer your children and grandchildren when they ask what YOU DID to save the environment? I’m so on board with this!
- I am focused on an eco-friendly environment. At my fundraiser on June 22 at the Town Center Park in Beekman there were no plastic water bottles available. Instead, I gave away reusable water bottles and water from a dispenser.
- Another smart resource and give back of my campaign is a gift of reusable grocery bags. I’ve purchased 1500 that I’ll be offering to residents of our community as I knock on doors. Hopefully, they'll be a reminder to Beekman voters of who we are and that every way we can use and reuse creates less waste for our world. I think it looks like this candidate is "walking the walk!"
I am committed to an eco-friendly environment and will work to make sure that Beekman does its part in maintaining and improving our environment for us and our children, now and for the future.