Lenox: First councilwoman to town board

Grace Rapasadi (R-Lenox) is the first woman to sit on the Lenox Town Board in its nearly 200 year history. We asked Rapasadi to tell us a little about herself, why she chose to run for town council and some of the issues facing the township.

Why did you decide to run for town council?

To make a difference.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing the town of Lenox?

One issue presently facing the town is the proposal of a new highway garage. I, along with Councilman Hadyk recently toured the highway garage to see for ourselves the building they are presently housed in. Personally, I was quite surprised. Although, I had been told they had grown out of that particular structure some time ago, it was amazing to see for myself how cramped and overcrowded they really are.

Are there any other issues of concern to your constituents? If so how will you handle them?

Throughout the primary process and the election itself, it was very evident that the residents would like to have a more transparent board and one that would inform the public as things develop and progress rather than knowing about them after decisions have already been made. I do feel, however, that the residents of the town of Lenox also have a responsibility to make themselves informed. In other words, attend meetings if you wish (the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the municipal building); read the Canastota Bee-Journal, our designated newspaper, which publishes the outcome of monthly meetings; read public notices (also in the Canastota Bee-Journal) to see if and when a hearing is scheduled and the topic that will be discussed.

If the residents are not in a position to do any of these, they should always feel free to contact the town of Lenox offices directly. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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