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The Town Council is the legislative appropriating, governing and policy determining body of the Town. The Town Council determines the types and levels of service to be provided in the Town. The Council annually adopts the Town budget which reflects the cost of conducting operations and monitors Town operations. In its legislative capacity, the Council passes resolutions and enacts ordinances and laws which govern the functions of town government and ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.
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  • Theresa Alano (Dem, CG)

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    Patrick M. Didas (Rep, Con, Ind, Rfm) Assistant Vice President - Institute Audit, Compliance & Advisement at RIT and Town Council Member - Town of Clarkson

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    Samantha E. Golden (Dem, WF, CG) Licensed Mental Health Counselor

  • Allan T. Hoy (Rep, Con, Ind, Rfm)

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If you could achieve one major improvement for our town, what would it be and how would you accomplish it?

How would you balance the promotion of development in our town with protection of the environment?

What are your views on housing issues such as affordable housing, code enforcement, and zoning?

What, if any, shared services do we have with other towns (or villages) and what other shared services would you pursue?

Beyond measures already in place, what can be done in our town to meet the challenges of climate change?

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Campaign Phone (585) 281-8869
Profession I am Assistant VP and Chief Audit Executive at RIT. I direct the internal audit function. I am a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner.
I would like to see the state make changes to the regulations for the foreclosure process with the banks. Although Clarkson likely has fewer abandoned homes than many towns, it seems these homes could be turned around quicker and remain vacant for less time. I will request our state representatives to seek changes to these regulations to expedite the process.
I would balance development and protecting the environment by continuing to make sure that developers meet the criteria of our Town design standards and the planning process considers environmental factors, as is the current practice in Clarkson. A well planned development will take into consideration topics such as; erosion, water runoff, sight lines, and screening. In addition, fair code enforcement and oversight by our building inspector will make sure these projects meet the requirements of their approved plans. As a former member of our Planning and Zoning Boards and past Planning Board Chair, I understand these concepts very well.
Affordable housing should be allowable and available, as it is in Clarkson. Code enforcement should be fair and equitable and zoning should be practical and well thought out, as both are in Clarkson.
We have the only tri-municipality library in the state (from what I understand). This is a reflection of the outstanding relationships that Clarkson leaders have built and maintained with the surrounding towns and village for many years. There is great value in long term, cooperative relationships with surrounding municipalities. In addition, we share a Recreation Center. These shared services provide a great service and bargain to our residents in that the costs are shared. We have history of sharing highway equipment in the past and I would pursue additional opportunities in this area.
I encourage residents to pursue the free energy audits that our utility companies offer to their customers. We have made solar and wind allowable in town with appropriate zoning. I chaired a subcommittee of residents, Planning Board members, and Zoning Board members to create what is our current wind tower zoning laws in Clarkson. We will revisit zoning as green technology progresses and the need to modify local regulations is warranted.
Campaign Phone (585) 764-0355
Profession Program Counselor for NYS Education Department grant-funded dropout prevention program (Liberty Partnerships)
The founding fathers did not intend that public office be held indefinitely, or that one party should be exclusively in power. Benjamin Franklin postulated that “in free governments, the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors . . . . For the former to return among the latter does not degrade, but promote them.” I would accomplish this goal by pushing for term limits for all elected town offices.
The protection of the environment is important to me. I was a part of the REACh for Brockport grassroots effort that brought Erin Brockovich and Ed Masry to Brockport when SVOC's and other chemicals were discovered upstream in Brockport Creek, which runs in my back yard through the Town of Clarkson. Community solar is a viable option for municipalities to utilize current brownfields/ DEC Superfund sites to decrease the cost of electricity for low income residents and to promote sustainability. The town of Clarkson would be best served by the implementation of community solar and bringing the reality of sustainability to the Westside.
Clarkson families have a right to affordable housing options. In Clarkson, we are fortunate to have several options for Seniors and Low income families to choose from. However, there are long waiting lists for rent subsidized units. Because Clarkson is adjacent to SUNY Brockport, young families and the elderly are often priced out of the market. There have been recent new multi family-dwellings that have been completed, with rents starting at $800-$1000 a month. As predicted, these units go unfilled. We need to do a better job at assisting developers with understanding the needs of the market, and creating housing options that families can afford.
There are many cost-cutting services that Clarkson has shared with local municipalities. Currently, we have an agreement for Animal Control with the Town of Hamlin. Sweden Clarkson Recreation allows all citizens the opportunity to participate in lifelong recreational opportunities. The Seymour Library is also a shared resource between the Towns of Sweden, Clarkson and the village of Brockport which has been neglected as of late. Libraries are the lifeblood of the community. Families lacking resources use the library to use the internet, read books, and to participate in free programming. If elected, I will utilize my grant-writing experience to assist the library with securing additional funding to: increase library hours of operation, add the purchase of new books back into the budget, and to compensate the director, who has taken a cut in pay, to return library services and offerings to pre-cut levels.
Despite the detractors at the national level lack of scientific evidence, climate change is real. Since all politics are local, I would propose to evaluate the current watershed and insure that our streams and tributaries are safe from pollutants. I would also assist local farmers in the creation of water/sewer districts (through rural USDA grants) to have access to public water and sewers which would maintain the rural character of Clarkson and help local businesses. Our town could also be a leader on the forefront of sustainability in securing a community solar grant to lower the cost of electricity and to minimize our carbon footprint. If all communities would take a stance at battling climate change at local level, we could slow down the current rate of degradation and leave the Earth a better place for our children and grandchildren.
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