Issues

Here are some of my thoughts on issues facing the First District and Chemung County.


The Problem:

Many people have lost faith in the ability of government to function effectively. Time and again, they see politicians put party loyalty and their own interests in re-election above the interests of the people they are elected to serve. Chemung County is not immune to such problems. Our fifteen-member County Legislature has become little more than a “rubber stamp” for the County Executive.

The Solution:

We need to elect individuals who will listen to the concerns of the people and who will work hard to represent them effectively. I will represent all of the people of the First District that includes the Town of Veteran, the Town of Catlin, and the Village of Millport in an open, honest, transparent, and bi-partisan manner. 

In all matters, I will put the FIRST DISTRICT FIRST. I will work with all concerned parties because I believe that Chemung County and its municipalities will thrive only when we find ways to work together to solve our problems.


The Problem:

Many residents of the First District do not know the name of the incumbent, the individual who has represented them in the Chemung County Legislature for the past 16 years. In 2014, he ran unopposed. No politician should have an automatic pass for another term, especially when that legislator has not voted in the best interests of his constituents.

The Solution:

Competition is good for a democracy. It gives the people a chance to decide which candidate will work harder to earn their trust and their vote. Between now and Election Day, I will knock on as many doors and make as many phone calls as I can because I want to hear your concerns. Your concerns are my concerns.

We need a representative who will be a strong voice for the people. We need someone who is actively engaged, willing to study and discuss the issues, and ready to put the FIRST DISTRICT FIRST. I will keep the residents of the First District informed through my website, newsletters, and meetings.


The Problem: 

On December 11, 2017, members of the Chemung County Legislature voted to give themselves a pay raise effective January 1, 2018. My opponent was one of those who voted for this unnecessary salary increase.

The Solution:

I promise to vote against any proposed salary increase for members of the Legislature that comes up during my term in office. Since I will put the FIRST DISTRICT FIRST, I will support a resolution to lower the salaries of the legislators, the Chairman, the Deputy County Executive, and the County Executive. We all need to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money, and the legislators should set that example.

Furthermore, I promise to donate a percentage of my Legislative salary each year to support programs that benefit the youth of the First District.


The Problem:

Some members of the Legislature have been in office for twenty years and more. Many of these members run unopposed. Additionally, many of these members ask no questions, offer no ideas, and fail to communicate with their constituents. The incumbent stated at a meeting of the Town of Catlin Board on March 8th that he is in favor of term limits. If that is the case, why is he is running for a 5th term in office?

The Solution: 

I will put the FIRST DISTRICT FIRST. I believe in term limits. I will support a resolution limiting legislators and the County Executive to no more than two consecutive terms. Legislators should see their work as a community service, not a lifetime occupation.


The Problem: 

The County has taken a larger and larger percentage of sales tax revenue that is distributed to the City and the surrounding municipalities, putting their financial futures in jeopardy. 

The Solution: 

I will work to ensure that the Towns of Veteran and Catlin as well as the Village of Millport are not placed in further economic jeopardy by the actions of the County. For example, since 2012, the County has taken approximately $250,000 from the budget of the Town of Veteran. This has caused tremendous hardship for our residents. The incumbent voted for this destructive action. This is unacceptable. I will fight to make sure that any shared services agreements are fair. Our fair share of sales tax revenues must be restored. I will put the FIRST DISTRICT FIRST


The Problem: 

We have all witnessed the effects of the opioid crisis and the rising level of crime in our area.

The Solution: 

I will ask the County to join with many other counties in a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry in order to receive funding to fight this drug epidemic. I will put the FIRST DISTRICT FIRST by exploring ways to develop Community Watch programs and to institute other measures to keep our neighborhoods safe.


The Problem:

The County entered into an agreement with Cassella Waste Systems to run the Chemung County Landfill, lured by the offer of a large sum of money. In addition to their cash, and their donations to certain political campaigns, Cassella has brought tons and tons of questionable waste products from fracking sites in Pennsylvania into our community.

The Solution:

I will put the FIRST DISTRICT FIRST and will fight for the health and safety of our citizens. I will put their concerns about their children and future generations above any short-term financial gain. I will oppose any expansion of Cassella’s presence in our community.


The Problem:

Dominion Energy was given the green light to build a large compression station right here in the First District in the Town of Veteran. Despite significant evidence of potentially harmful effects on the health of the citizens of the surrounding area, including children attending Ridge Road School, our elected officials once again chose money over people. Despite the strong objections of many individuals, the incumbent had nothing to say on this matter.

The Solution:

I will put the FIRST DISTRICT FIRST and for fight the health and safety of our citizens. I will put their concerns about their children and future generations above any short-term financial gain. I will oppose any expansion of Dominion’s presence in our community.