During this election season, the town of Van Buren has two candidates running for one town councilor seat, Patricia Dickman and Julie Rosen. Dickman was appointed to fill the seat at the beginning of this year when Claude Sykes vacated it becoming the town supervisor.
The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed both candidates to learn more about what they plan to offer residents should they be elected. Dickman's responses follow Rosen's responses.
Van Buren councilor candidate
Address: 233 Bump Drive in Seneca Knolls
Political affiliation: Democratic Party, endorsed by the Working Families Party
Political Experience: SUNY Cortland Student Association, Student Senator; Domestic Violence Task Force Co-Coodinator at University at Buffalo School of Law; Town of Van Buren Democratic Committee member, election district 6
Community Involvement: Volunteered for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Home for the Holidays Program, Onondaga County Bar Association member, Elbridge Rod and Gun Club Member
Professional experience: Education/Degrees: bachelor of arts in secondary social studies and political science from SUNY Cortland, juris doctor from SUNY University at Buffalo School of Law; work at Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society; previously a teacher, per diem at Solvay, Fayetteville-Manlius and Baldwinsville school districts.
Why are you running?
I am running because the people in our town deserve multi-party representation on the Van Buren Town Council. I want to make our town a better place to live. I have family and I would like to contribute my time and energy to all of the people that live in our town.
My experiences with the town have left me frustrated and looking for change. One specific event that spurred my attention was the cell phone tower application. In the beginning of 2008, I was first notified by a neighbor about Verizon Wireless' application to place a cell phone tower near McNamara Elementary School. Despite all of my friends', family's and neighbors' efforts, this application was unanimously passed by the town board, the zoning board and the planning board. I had repeatedly requested that all of the officials notify my neighbors throughout the process, to no avail. During this process, I had only two responses from the town supervisor, though I contacted the entire town board. I led the opposition to the placement of this tower. I have tried to give a voice to the unrepresented families in this town. The town council decided to ignore those voices. I am concerned that the tower has not been built yet, and many people may still not be aware of its approval and inevitable appearance over our houses.