Why are you running for this office?
It gives me great pleasure working for the citizens of the Town of Pawling. I am committed to continuing to provide the taxpayers with the best service possible, within the budget I am given by the Town Board. During my time in office as Highway Superintendent, neglected equipment has been replaced, roads repaved and Chip Seal, a shared service agreement with the Village of Pawling, was developed, Kitchen Road Bridge was replaced, and I work round the clock closely with the Pawling Central School Head of Transportation during inclement weather and road closures to ensure that our children get to and from School safely as well as all motorists.
The Highway Department’s growth and work needs to continue moving forward. Our families and community deserve safe roads and bridges, upgraded equipment, a department that complies with Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) regulations. Our taxpayers deserve a fiscally responsible, experienced Highway Department Superintendent, one that honestly brings both practical knowledge and the managerial experience necessary to continue to improve our infrastructure and save tax dollars.
Furthermore, as Vice President of Dutchess County’s Association of Highway Superintendents, I plan to continue to attend meetings in Albany to advocate for additional highway funding to repair our local roads.
What are your qualifications for the position?
30 years of service, Pawling Highway Department.
8 years, Highway Superintendent.
2 years, Vice President of Dutchess County Association of Town Highway Superintendents.
What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
Focus on a fiscally sound plan by having budgetary and management experience, working in partnership with a new Supervisor and former and new Town Board members to progressively improve the repaving of roads schedule, repair of bridges and stormwater infrastructure cost effectively.
After many conversations with the taxpayers and attending meetings with the Town Board, it’s clear how important it is to keep the Transfer Station open and make these services fair and equitable. I feel it is imperative to continue developing efficient and cost-effective resolutions. The Transfer Station infrastructure and equipment improvements are being addressed. To offset the Highway Department/Transfer Station equipment, operation and maintenance costs, I continue to pursue other similar outside funding sources to minimize financial impacts to Pawling residents.
Recently, I sought and received grant funding in the amount of $4,625.15 to the Town of Pawling, for disposal of electronic waste. Additionally, a preliminary grant approval was authorized in the amount of $100,000 by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for new equipment for the Transfer Station. I look forward to following up on the required substantial documents and forms to be filed ensuring the Town of Pawling receives these funds, saving tax payer dollars.
For the past two years, I have requested funding for replacement of the Dewey Lane Bridge and have not received an increase in Highway Department yearly budget. Therefore, I am seeking other grant funding to accomplish replacement of the bridge to reopen Dewey Lane, ensuring the health, safety and welfare of our community.
Back to basics does not work in an ever-changing world full of new technology, which includes the Town’s Highway Department research of the industry’s processes on extending the life of our roads, stormwater infrastructure, operation and maintenance and new heavy equipment. I will continue to attend classes and meet with knowledgeable Construction and Technology Company representatives to explore proven processes and heavy equipment, thereby, protecting our investments.
As your Highway Superintendent, I am committed to the community, accessible and responsive, and dedicated to continuing progress.
What is your educational background?
Graduated from Pawling High School.
What else would you like voters to know about you – your family, pastimes, special interests or activities?
Lifelong Pawling Resident, wife, two married children, two grandchildren. Our daughter is a substitute teacher, son active Military, United States Coast Guard – 10 years.
Through the course of our lives, we bide our time doing particular tasks that either help us to earn our living or build the staircases to our futures and career. Since, we have very little leisure time in life special interests are a purely personal matter. Growing up on a farm in Pawling, I learned the enjoyment of spending time in the woods, gardening, cooking, and making wine. After planting a small fruit orchard a few years ago, the harvest is gratifying to watch grow. It is a great source of relaxation and delight to my family and friends who enjoy the bountiful organic products to eat and drink.
Pawling is full of good people, a wonderful community to live in and raise our children. I would not be here without you and must ask for your continued support, please come out on November 7 to cast your vote.