Cazenovia To the editor:
I endorse Ralph Monforte for re-election as town supervisor.
In Ralph Monforte, a successful local businessman and town supervisor, the citizens of town and village of Cazenovia have a irreplaceable gem. For the many years prior to his election as supervisor, Ralph demonstrated his many faceted devotion to all things Cazenovia in his numerous community-based contributions of his time, energy, creativity and money to promote the good, the well-being and the improvement of our Cazenovia way of life.
As supervisor, in only his first two-year term, he has demonstrated the ability to identify problems and matters of community concern, and move to address them. He has the unique ability of leadership and foresight. Where appropriate, he enlists the right persons with the right knowledge and expertise, for both the town and county level, to assist him and he knows when to step aside in favor of greater expertise.
At the county level, unlike his one-dimensional predecessor, he serves on four committees and is now the chairman of Madison County Sewer Board. All while continuing his retail business. He has applied his business acumen to governmental fiscal operations, which has enabled him to bring back to Cazenovia from the county heretofore unrealized services and tax monies.
In particular, he took action after the closing of the Clark Street bridge that has caused traffic and travel headaches to residents and commercial interests.
With no apparent repairs or relief in sight for years, he arranged after many meetings and much time and argument, for legislation that will allow the now county-owned bridge to become village property and eligible for timely correction. If and when, of course, the village board acts.
He lives on the lake. He is acutely aware that it is the crown-jewel of the Cazenovia community. He has over the years translated his unabated energy to the preservation of the lake and has served as president of the Cazenovia Lake Association. He has participated in and supported the efforts with all who seek to “save the lake.”