To the editor:
My husband and I first met Jim when we moved into our home across the street from his 12 years ago, and ever since we have always said that if we had known then what a generous neighbor we were getting, we would have paid more for our house! As neighbors go -- as friends go -- we hit the jackpot.
At a moment's notice, Jim will drop what he is doing to help a friend, or an acquaintance, or just a person in need. And he never asks for a thing in return. With that same spirit, Jim is committed to offering his service to the town of Skaneateles. His loyalty and integrity are above question, and he will serve this community to the very best of his ability.
Jim is a doer. He sees something that needs to be done and he jumps in and does it. At the same time, he recognizes that there is more than one way to get the job done and is always open to hearing the opinions of others. I have never met another person who has had a finger more firmly on the pulse of what is happening around town.
One of my favorite images of Jim is of him picking up his fellow board member and colleague Nancy Murray to carpool to meetings and events. Though politically they sit across the aisle and may not always see eye to eye on things, that does not mean that they can’t be friends. In this small town, we all want what is best for Skaneateles, and we don’t pick our representatives by their political party, but rather by the people that they are. I know Jim, and I believe in him.
As a farmer, Jim is a long-standing steward of our land and lake. He has been recognized as an environmental advocate and has opposed fracking. He is always trying to strike a balance between preserving our beautiful community and supporting businesses that allow people to make a living here.
If Jim had a slogan for this campaign it would be, “Help your neighbor.” But guess what? That’s more than just a slogan to Jim. That’s the way he was raised. And lucky for us, we are all Jim’s neighbors.