LETTER: Jones endorses Skaneateles Party candidates

To the editor:

We have both the privilege and responsibility of voting for our town representatives on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5. I will be voting for Skaneateles Party candidates Mary Sennett, Claire Howard and Connie Brace.

I have known all three of these women for years. Mary has the experience, intellect, energy, and enthusiasm to be an effective town supervisor. Her years of service on the town zoning board will serve her well. I believe that the supervisor is truly a full-time job, and Mary can devote the time needed to lead our town through the myriad of challenges we currently face. I will miss her presence on the village board but understand that her talents should serve the entire town.

She is honest, fair, caring, but willing to speak her mind and say “no” when needed. She will admit when she needs to learn more about a particular issue and then will get up to speed on that issue very quickly. She will work cooperatively with other government agencies, including the county and village. Mr. Murphy’s letter to the editor in last week’s paper suggested that if elected supervisor, her dealings with the village may not reflect the town’s best interests.

I beg to differ. Someone who has had direct experience on the village end would be the most effective of negotiators for the town on the important contracts between the village and town for fire protection, and for issues concerning the town water and sewer districts. The village is part of the town, and as village residents, Mary, Connie, Claire, and I are also town residents. I proudly voted for Charlie Major, a village resident, who served as a very effective town supervisor.

Claire’s role in building the world renowned Skaneateles Festival speaks for itself and Connie’s experience in project management will serve the town well. Both of these women are forward thinking, pro-active, and committed to serving as effective members of our town board. Their extensive volunteer efforts reflect their values, and speak well for our community. If you have not had a chance to meet these three women, I encourage you to attend the forum on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Waterman School. I predict you will be impressed.

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