The results of the recent election will mean a number of new people will be taking office on the Skaneateles town board.
While this is a victory for Mary Sennett, Claire Robinson Howard, Connie Brace and their supporters, their work is far from over.
During their campaign these women distributed materials stating their platform and goals. They included: encouraging open government, protecting the lake, responsible growth, strengthening the comprehensive plan and zoning laws and supporting volunteer and service organizations.
Unlike elections on a larger stage, these platforms are not informed by the doctrines of a national political party and in essence don’t differ much from the goals stated by the Republican candidates.
These goals won’t likely be manifested by bold sweeping changes that will affect the daily lives of the residents of Skaneateles either. However, they should serve as the guiding principles that these board members make decisions with moving forward.
Another big factor in this election was old versus new. In the eyes of some, the incumbent candidates had made some mistakes and the Skaneateles Party candidates represented a chance for some new faces take office. New faces mean new personalities and new approaches to local government, personality could prove to be as big a difference maker as actual decisions.
Though many of the decisions the town board makes at each meting prove to be inconsequential to the average resident, big decisions could be on the horizon for the town zoning laws and that deserves the attention of the community.
As always, the Press will continue to report on the activities of the town and village boards, keep an eye out in coming months to see what these new officials will be doing once they take office.