LETTER: Brace clears up misconceptions

To the editor:

Thank you to the many diverse supporters of the Skaneateles Party. Having so much personal involvement reveals what a great community we have. I want avoid any confusion on my sustainable objectives. I am a professional architect, educated in sustainable planning and design. While I am a long time resident and environmental advocate who supports the hard work of our Lake Association, I have not been a member like Mary and Claire. While active in opposing hydrofracking, I was not part of the local hydrofracking committee, though Claire was. I actually co-founded Sustainable Skaneateles to help connect these and other important community organizations; and, to educate our community on issues of climate change, alternative energy, and initiatives for environmental protection.

Our community is at a crossroads, faced with increasing demands on our resources and with potentially devastating development. Our future depends on our collective vision, which is why the strong work of the Comprehensive Plan volunteer review committee is so important. It should not have been neglected while we are on a collision course with overscaled development. Our team looks forward to realizing real actions from their hard work to reinforce sustainable development in our town.

Our team wants to reach outside our town to gather resources which will help us plan for development where we want it, and discourage harmful development. There are grants available to help with the planning and implementation of sustainable communities. We envision a renewal and re-investment in our northern hamlets, which can result in safer, walk-able, more connected communities.

Connie Brace


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