It is with some disappointment that I am writing this, as I am announcing that I am not seeking a seat on the town council this election cycle for personal reasons.
However, I will still work to improve Tuxedo through my involvement in the activities of the Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association and A Better Tuxedo. A Better Tuxedo will stimulate opportunities for commercial growth in balance with nature, and create a sustainable economy based on utilizing Tuxedo’s greatest assets: Harriman and Sterling Forest State Parks. By promoting Tuxedo as the gateway to New York’s second-largest State Park system and the nearest to New York City, A Better Tuxedo will inspire appropriate development, local jobs, increased foot traffic, and a more pleasant residential community surrounded by protected open space. To date, our group of volunteers has enlisted the help of Orange County Citizens Foundation, Vassar College faculty, MyHarriman.com, and the Chamber of Commerce and many citizens from around the town to create community action committees for beautification, business development, increased marketing activities and has provided information and access for visitors to Harriman and Sterling Forest State Parks.
It is why I also would like to announce my full support for Michele Lindsey, a candidate running in 2015 for Tuxedo Town Council. Michele has been an integral part of A Better Tuxedo, is smart, competent, and above all trustworthy. She embodies qualities that are severely lacking on the current town council and has graciously agreed to run on the independent ticket I created last year, Progress Tuxedo.
See her announcement letter below.
Please keep Michele Lindsey in mind as we approach this election season and make sure you vote Michele Lindsey to enact real change on the town council this year.
Thanks and please contact me if you’d like to be involved!
July 13, 2015
Dear Tuxedo Neighbors,
I am announcing my candidacy for Councilman of the Town of Tuxedo. Important decisions will be made by the Town Board and will have great impact on our community for years to come. I am motivated to ensure that those decisions will benefit all residents.
Since moving to Tuxedo Park in 1995, I have been actively involved in the community and have been in the forefront of efforts to protect our way of life from over-development. I strongly believe that we can find a better solution for economic growth that is sustainable for the long-term.
Now, more than ever, is the time to move forward to promote economic growth that will benefit the Town. To that end, I am working on A Better Tuxedo, a community-wide committee that is collaborating with our Chamber of Commerce and the Orange County Citizens Foundation to establish Tuxedo as the Gateway to Orange County and our State Parks. We will encourage implementation of key components of the Update of the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted by the Town Board in 2011. I will work to secure County and State funding for projects and to ensure that the Local Development Corporation, funded by Tuxedo Farms, operates smoothly.
Mismanagement by the prior Town Board resulted in a $1 million deficit in our $10 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015. Supervisor Rost inherited this problem and secured monies from the casino applicant to temporarily bridge this shortfall. But we still need to restructure the budget to make up any ongoing deficits.
I will dedicate my education in Mathematics at Smith College and my experience as Vice President at JP Morgan to solving our fiscal problems. My years in the Municipal Bond Department are directly applicable to the needs of the Town Board: I evaluated the creditworthiness of municipal bond issuers as an analyst; and I worked with public finance bankers in my positions as a bond trader and salesperson. Previously I worked as a research analyst in Money Markets. My work on various non-profit boards over twenty-five years is also relevant to crisis management and problem-solving.
Tuxedo continues to be threatened by projects such as the Pilgrim Pipeline. I am actively involved in Target Tuxedo, an organization dedicated to informing residents about issues that will impact our environment. As a Board Member of Sterling Forest Partnership, I will be able to effectively use the resources that SFP has developed and to help coordinate the Town’s response. To further protect Tuxedo from unwanted development, I believe that our zoning code needs to be reviewed and strengthened.
I support Tuxedo Farms as necessary for growth in Tuxedo but oversight of the development is critical. With tonight’s appointment, two Town Board Members seeking reelection this November have spouses on the Town Planning Board. I feel that the appointee is well qualified. However, despite all good intentions, I do not believe that this situation encourages the best independent decision-making, when the Town needs it the most.
Development of a united Community is my passion. Connections among the neighborhoods of Tuxedo are challenged by distances, topography and two different school districts. I believe that the efforts of A Better Tuxedo will help build a community we can be proud of.
Please support my candidacy so that I may serve all residents on the Town Board. I will need your vote to win based on merit. I vow to pledge my time, skills and energy to work for you. Thank you for your time.