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Town Council Elections 2015, Candidate Michele Lindsey

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!

Kristy Apostolides
kristy.apostolides@gmail.com


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.

Sincerely,

Michele Lindsay


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Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association Meeting and Announcements

Here are some Announcements for the Northern Tuxedo Resident’s Association.

Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association on Thursday, March 19, beginning at 7:30pm at the American Legion Building, 16 Orange Turnpike, Southfields, NY, 10975 (find it on the map). Light refreshments have been provided.

We have put together a survey to get an idea of what is important to our membership. Please complete the online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/XS3KXQG.

We encourage your attendance at this meeting to express your thoughts about what is important to you and what you want us to focus on! There are issues coming about that might be of interest/concern including representation on the Town Board, the Pilgrim Pipeline, Kiryas Joel Annexation in Monroe, the start of construction of Tuxedo Farms, a burgeoning effort to create a gateway/trail town of Tuxedo and the planning of future social, fun neighborhood events. We want your ideas to help up determine what issues are of greatest interest in the neighborhood!

Tuxedo Park Library Survey

Tuxedo Park Library is also doing a survey! The bottom floor is in need or repairs and renovations and they are interested in hearing from library users. Please complete the short survey here: https://bit.ly/1NW5XHb/.

Laurel Ridge

For those of you in Laurel Ridge, I believe you have received an updated contact list for the neighborhood. This a volunteer effort put together by some of our members so thank you Caroline Lavanar, Theodora Darling, Joann Tuttle, and Ginny Apostolides. Great work and thanks!

Tuxedo Park FYI

Just a reminder that Tuxedo Park FYI (TPFYI) is a great resource for keeping updated about town meetings. They cover planning and town board meetings and the most recent meetings cover issues related to Tuxedo Farms and the reorganization meeting, which details all the town employees and their roles as well as committee members. If you have a few minutes to review their notes, it’s a great way to keep up on the town business. Visit the site at: http://www.tpfyi.com.

Tuxedo Farms Development

The big news these days is the Tuxedo Farms development. They want to break ground soon and have requested a few changes to the Special Permit. The comment period on the Special Permit is open until March 23. The requested changes are summarized here: http://www.tpfyi.com/tb.html. The Northern Tract is located in our area. More information can be found here: http://www.tuxedogov.org/tuxedofarms and here: http://www.tpfyi.com/tb.html (scroll to the “Special Joint Workshop Meeting March 5, 2015”.)

Tuxedo High School – Charter School Information

As you may have heard, the Tuxedo High School (George F. Baker) is applying to be a charter school. This means anyone can choose to attend this high school instead of their district school without paying tuition (the money paid by our school taxes follows the student to the charter). Without the conversion charter application, the future of the school is uncertain. I am a big proponents of community-run charter schools in general and think that parents should have a choice in education. I encourage everyone to write an email in support of the charter school to (A form letter is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-aum7WhEhas9bwnNeZOtjamdnFyLkizg7QNQYecIzHg/edit?usp=sharing). Also, if you want to send your child to the charter school, please fill out an application by Sunday, March 15: https://sites.google.com/site/tuxedostemacademyccs/perspective-students. I have worked with charter schools in their development stage and am pretty sure that if the Board of Regents sees that Tuxedo as a charter would be able to meet or surpass their enrollment needs, they will approve the school.

Thanks and see you Thursday!

Kristy, on behalf of the Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association Executive Committee.
Northern Tuxedo Residents Association
PO BOX 484
Tuxedo, NY 10987
NorthTuxedoRA@gmail.com