Skaneateles candidates for office talk local issues

Supervisor, councilor election candidates discuss comprehensive plan, development town/village relations, open government

What makes you qualified for this office?

J.G.: I am a lifetime resident of Skaneateles and care greatly about the community. I am not only visible but approachable in the community, and I am not afraid to reach out to residents to better understand issues. Myself and four children have attended Skaneateles Central District. I have enjoyed my time on the town board over the past six years and approached each issue with integrity, professionalism and common sense. The town board has made great progress. We have maintained a high level of services while reducing spending and taxes. Maintaining the town’s financial stability is a priority of mine. As a farmer and business owner of 1,500 acres I am familiar with financial accountability. As a town board we have tackled some very challenging issues. We have addressed hydrofracking, streamlined town government by consolidating departments and have been fiscally responsible by lowering the tax levy without reducing services. I am a steward of the land and keeping the lake clean has always been important to me. I am supportive of the Milfoil Lake Project and Skaneateles Monitoring Program. I am committed to keeping the cost of living in Skaneateles stable so all residents can continue to afford to live here.

What change or changes if any, would you like to see made to the Skaneateles Town Comprehensive Plan and zoning laws and why?

J.G.: The Comprehensive Plan is a document that is the foundation for town zoning ordinances and village zoning ordinances. The demographic portion of the Comprehensive Plan needs to be updated, but I feel the present plan and zoning laws are effective.

What is the one thing (physically, operationally, local laws and so on) you would like to change how the town operates?

J.G.: I believe we could have better communication with the village board. I suggest we meet periodically to keep communication open. I am approachable and open to any discussions that benefit the community.

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