Glenville Town Board
CHOOSE TWO CANDIDATES FROM BELOW TO COMPARE
MICHAEL ARAGOSA (DEM, WOR)
OWNER MARTY'S TRUE VALUE HARDWARE
JAMES M MARTIN (CON, IND, REP, REF)
Senior Planner and Economic Development Specialist
Please describe the most important issues you would face in this position, and how you would deal with them.
How has your background and experience prepared you for this position.
HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION
25 YEAR RESIDENT OF TOWN,BUSINESS OWNER, WORKED IN CONSTRUCTION TRADES AND BUILDING MAINTENANCE
THE BIGGEST PROBLEM AS I SEE IT TODAY IN THE TOWN IS LACK OF COMMUNICATION. IF ELECTED I WOULD START THE PROCESS OF REACHING OUT TO THE OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WITHIN THE TOWNS BORDERS TO OPEN THOSE COMMUNICATIONS TO BETTER SERVE THE TAX PAYERS.
AS A BUSINESSMAN AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNER I CAN WORK WITH THE LOCAL BUSINESSES TO HELP KEEP THEM VIABLE. I ALSO HAVE SOME BACKGROUND IS FINANCE. I UNDERSTAND AND CAN READ FINANCIAL REPORTS AND HAVE RUN PAYROLL FOR MY OWN COMPANY.
B.A. - St. Lawrence Univ.; M.S. - RPI
35 years of experience in community and economic development working in the private and public sector.
1. We need to reign in the regressive nature of real property tax. This form of taxation is a constant burden to our residents while depressing home values. We can do this by getting our fair share of sales tax revenue through a renegotiated agreement with the City and the County.
2. Now that our Town Comprehensive Plan is up-to-date we need to update our zoning code and land use regulations. These are instrumental in the orderly and prosperous development of our town - this will be a focus of mine over the initial two years of the upcoming term.
3. We need to continue to strengthen the diversity of town through prudent growth of our commercial and industrial base - this will broaden employment opportunities while shifting the real property tax burden from residents. The diverse land use pattern also encompasses maintaining the integrity of our residential neighborhoods and hamlet areas, preserving our open spaces and broadening recreational opportunities.
In my opinion - most definitely. I have worked for 35 years directly with communities across upstate New York assisting with comprehensive plans, obtaining grants to fund priority initiatives, attracting new business and industry and preserving the desired quality of life as defined by the residents. My experiences include working at the municipal level as the director of community development, the director of economic development, zoning administrator. I have supplemented this public sector experience as a consultant to towns, villages and cities throughout upstate New York and Adirondack Park. These experiences have shaped a keen understanding of the fiscal and economic development challenges we face as a township in upstate New York. To supplement these professional work experiences I have volunteered as a planning board member and chairperson and in Glenville I have chaired the Small Business and Econ. Dev. Comm and the Glenville Local Dev. Corp.
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