Blackmore running for Madison Town Council

Dear town of Madison neighbor:

I am running for Madison Town Council. I want to introduce myself and ask for your support.

I am a criminologist and public policy analyst with 35 years of experience helping local, state and federal governments solve problems and meet the challenges they face. My family moved to Madison in 1960, and later to Hamilton. I graduated from Hamilton High and Colgate.

Throughout my career, I have worked hard to help people and communities. In 1971, I put together the community organization that renovated and today operates the Earlville Opera House. I have also established an agricultural land trust, operated crime victim advocacy programs, designed substance abuse treatment for prisoners and run delinquency prevention programs. Since returning to Madison a few years ago, my wife Janie and I have been working with local residents to address their concerns about energy development and land use planning issues in our area.

I believe our town must do a better job preparing for the future, or else risk losing much of what we hold dear. We stand to benefit from new energy and commercial development, but unless we prepare for the impact on our town's infrastructure, finances and environment, we risk higher taxes and environmental threats with no benefit to most residents.

When considering Madison Market on 12B, our town government failed to respond to the needs of nearby residents, who were neither informed about nor involved in the planning process. Regulations now under consideration by the Council do not require public hearings.

Do you know your town officials? Has any ever contacted you to ask where you stand? Do you think our town government has the expertise to handle outside energy and commercial interests coming into our town? We pledge to work hard so that residents can say "yes" to all of these questions.

I would like you to consider voting for me on November 3rd and also for Jim Murphy for Town Supervisor, Ed Sitts and Stan Roe for Town Council, and Roy Kirley for Highway Superintendant. We don't have all the answers. But we

will listen to the concerns of residents and do our best to represent your interests. Together, we stand for open town government, one that responds to the needs of those who live here.

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