Cazenovia To the editor:
How lucky we are to live in Cazenovia, not only for the beautiful lake, historic buildings and friendly people but also for the active involvement of its citizens. This year we are fortunate to have great people running for the town board.
I’ve known all of them for many years and have full confidence in their abilities to do a good job. It will be hard to choose as each of us goes to the polls.
I’ve known and worked with both Ralph Monforte and Tom Clarke for many years. I spent several terms on the Cazenovia Lake Association board as treasurer when Ralph was president. I served several years on the Madison County Sewer Board when Tom was in charge. Both will do a good job as town supervisor.
My concern is that a two-year term is not enough time to really create and implement policies which have a lasting benefit to our community. In the past two years as supervisor, Ralph has started a number of initiatives which will greatly benefit the town once implemented. His fiscal policy on budgeting and auditing by outside, independent auditors will keep the town on sound financial ground. Improvements in communications via a newsletter and an improved website help keep people informed.
Establishing a committee to deal with gas well drilling; proposing a road use agreement to protect the taxpayers from heavy truck damage to our roads; planning and budgeting new sidewalks for New Woodstock; ideas to improve the western gateway to Cazenovia; and helping to bring jobs and increased tax base thru attraction and retention of businesses such as Nice and Easy, the brewery and winery are just a few examples of the initiatives he has started.
Additionally, his role as supervisor puts him on the Board of Supervisors for Madison County. There he has served on the government operations committee, the administration and oversight committee, the planning and inter-government committee and been involved in finance ways and means for the office of the treasurer and budget.
He has also participated in union negotiations with county employees including benefit packages and worked to improve information technology to all county services. And most recently he was appointed chairman of the Madison County Sewer Board with the charge to reorganize and streamline operations.
In just a short period of time in office, Ralph has dedicated a tremendous amount of personal time and energy and demonstrated his commitment to our community and desire to improve and enhance our lives. He deserves a second term. Vote for Ralph Monforte in November to continue the progress.