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LETTER: CPCS endorses Skaneateles Party candidates

To the editor:

The Citizens to Preserve the Character of Skaneateles (CPCS) supports Skaneateles Party candidates Mary Sennett, Claire Robinson Howard and Connie Brace in the upcoming election for town board. In our opinion, the community must elect all three proactive leaders to get the town board back on track.

Even if all three candidates are victorious, Jim Greenfield, candidate for supervisor, will retain his current seat on the town board. His constituency will continue to be represented.

The Skaneateles Party is a committee comprised of registered Republicans, Independents and Democrats. They came together to recruit Sennett, Howard and Brace because they exhibit a powerful blend of leadership, experience and vision. The candidates also received the endorsement of the local Democratic Party.

Mary Sennett, running for town supervisor, is clearly qualified to lead. Early in her professional career, she developed software and sold it Dun and Bradstreet. She then took a professional turn and dedicated herself to teaching kids on the Onondaga Nation.

Mary’s family has been in public service throughout her life and she has continued the tradition. As an 18-year resident of the town, Mary served on the town’s zoning board of appeals for six years. Shortly after Mary and her husband moved to the village, she got involved in village government and was elected to the village board of trustees. Mary is a leader and a doer. She understands the dynamic relationship between the village and the town.

Claire Robinson Howard is well-known and respected in the community. She and her husband, Rob, have lived here throughout their adult life. Claire was the original general manager of the Skaneateles Festival and led that organization to an artistic level that is second to none in the U.S.

Claire decided to pursue a nursing career and is now a successful psychiatric nurse practitioner. She’s an expert at listening. She participated actively on the town-appointed committee to develop zoning regulations to prohibit hydrofracking in town. She co-sponsored local fundraisers and attended workshops and rallies across the state. She is a fierce protector of the lake and she will take the necessary steps to maintain the filtration avoidance waiver.

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