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Rensselaer County Legislature District 1
CHOOSE TWO CANDIDATES FROM BELOW TO COMPARE
  • Kimberly Ashe-McPherson (Rep)

  • Dean L Bodnar (Rep, C, Ref)

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    Bobby Burns (Dem) Teacher/Coach

  • Darcie A Cunningham-Casey (Rep)

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    Cynthia B. Doran (W, Dem) Retired Business Educator/Rensselaer County Legislator

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    Mark J. Fleming (W, Dem) County Legislator. (retired fireman)

  • Peter D. Grimm (W, Dem)

  • Laurie A Kennedy (G, I, Rep, C)

  • Ed Manny (Dem)

  • Erin Sullivan-Teta (Dem)

  • Harry J. Tutunjian (I, Rep, C, Ref)

  • Beth A Wright-Clemente (Rep)

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With the economic conditions that our county is facing, what do you propose should be done to keep taxes at the present level?

How would you propose to implement shared services within the county?

Rensselaer County has a beautiful, rural environment. What steps would you take to keep this environment clean, safe, and free from potential pollutants?

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Campaign Phone (518) 221-3003
Campaign Email Burns4Troy@gmail.com
Relevant Experience and Qualifications Elementary School Teacher in Troy for 18 Years, Troy High School Football Coach for 15 Years
I believe that Fiscal responsibility is an important part of that stability. Government debt can quickly become a burden on the economy and weaken its foundations. Sound macroeconomic policies enhance the credibility of the government and strengthen the political institutions. I believe that resources such as renewable energy should be highly considered. I also believe that assistance should be given to the small business owners so that the local monies stay local.
I believe that it would be important to evaluate how shared services will benefit the county at a fiscal level and most importantly evaluate the quality of the service. Then I believe there could be several benefits to sharing services.
I would encourage our communities to create green living areas as plants are are only source of unadulterated oxygen. As well as try to stress the future importance of using public transportation and or alternate ways of travel such as bike or walking. I would also encourage residents to buy locally. Buying locally means less transportation, processing, and packaging. Lastly, I would promote the importance of reusable products and the elimination of disposable product use such as cleaning products and flatware. Stressing the use of natural cleaning methods, environmentally-safer paints, and recycled or nontoxic home improvement materials to keep your indoor air cleaner and your waste less harmful.
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Campaign Phone (518) 326-6228
Campaign Email CindyDoran2012@gmail.com
Relevant Education Bachelor of Science Degree: Business Education with Mathematics Minor from the College of Saint Rose, Master of Science Degree: Advanced Classroom Teaching in Business Education from the University at Albany
Relevant Experience and Qualifications First elected to the Rensselaer County Legislature in 2012 - Special Election; re-elected in 2013 -- Mother; Teacher; Home Owner/Taxpayer; Concerned and Involved Citizen, Union Supporter, Member of Seton Health Auxiliary, Rensselaer County Historical Society, Lansingburgh Historical Society, Friend of Oakwood Cemetery and Hudson Mohawk Gateway; Former Council Member, Our Lady of Victory Parish. Endorsed by the Working Families Party, Women's Equality Party,Troy Area Labor Council AFL-CIO, NYS League of Conservation Voters, Troy Professional Firefighters, Greater Capital Region Buildings & Construction Trades Council, Eleanor's Legacy, and Capital Women
As a Rensselaer County Legislator, since 2012, I have taken seriously my roll as “watch dog” for the people who elected me. Our role in the Legislative Minority has been to watch County spending and question unnecessary expenditures. Ideally, we need to increase economic development, which in turn will provide more jobs and income, which will in turn generate more sales tax to the County.

We also need to recognize and implement shared services within the County to take advantage of the State's matching of savings.
Shared services are cost-efficient means of consolidating business operations in local government. I believe there is more to be done in Rensselaer County. It is my understanding that Troy and Rensselaer mayors, as well as town supervisors have been in communication with our County Executive and her team. I am hopeful that the next administration will take a serious look at implementing more shared services and taking advantage of the State's plan to match savings from shared services.
Rensselaer County has increased its use of solar and hydro power in the years I have served on the Environment, as well as the Health and Education Committees. I have supported resolutions dealing with a local law to protect drinking water in Rensselaer County, a resolution supporting designation of properties in Hoosick Falls to a Federal Superfund National properties list, asking the Federal Government for a timeline on the project, and for adequate Federal funding to ensure comprehensive clean up and resolution of public health concerns. We in the Minority pushed for and were successful in passing a resolution restating opposition to a proposed Pilgrim Pipeline due to unanswered environmental concerns in Rensselaer and surrounding counties. We passed a resolution supporting efforts to establish new Federal standards for 1.4-dioxane in groundwater and superfund site discharge and renewing call for comprehensive clean-up of the Dewey Loeffel superfund toxic waste site in Nassau.
Campaign Phone (518) 928-7054
Relevant Education Educated in Troy Schools and Hudson Valley Community College
Relevant Experience and Qualifications Life long Troy resident. Varied government and business work experience provides a mosaic of knowledge and perspective that enables me to look at each issue with clarity and an open mind.
Continued prudent budgeting.

More aggressive marketing of Rensselaer County's attributes as a friendly business location, and as a leisure destination.

Investigate the possibility of privatization or sale of the county nursing home. I emphasize the words "investigate" and "possibility". We have not, up to this point, even considered these options.
Rensselaer County currently has some very effective shared service agreements with the city of Troy and all of the towns. We do not have our heads in the sand on this issue.
I believe the county should take a more proactive approach to soliciting citizen reporting of negative environmental practices. If we could establish a consumer friendly hotline, or clearing house for people to let us know of unsafe or unclean situations, we could rectify the problems before they become disastrous in scope, or we could forward the reports to the proper state or federal authorities for remediation. Our citizens are very alert and aware, but the reporting process can be daunting.
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