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Putnam County Legislative Districts Legislative District 3

Legislative District 3 covers Town of Kent. The Putnam County Legislature is the elected body that is responsible for setting County policies, reviewing the administration of government, appropriating funding, levying taxes, reviewing and adopting the annual budget, and enacting resolutions and local laws. The Legislature is comprised of nine elected members. Every Legislator serves on at least one of the Legislative Committees.
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If elected, What are your three top priorities to accomplish while in office?

If elected, how will you assure that your vote will reflect the wishes of your District, and benefit the residents of Putnam County?

Governor Cuomo has encouraged the counties and towns statewide to merge their services where they can to affect positive changes. To that effect, would you support a countywide school system that would have only one school superintendent for the entire county?

Would you be willing to share the sales tax collected in Putnam County with its six towns, as it is in Dutchess County?

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Education B.A. SUNY @ Stony Brook Friends Seminary
Bio Phil Tolmach has been a homeowner in the Town of Kent for nearly 30 years. His interest in environmental issues led to his membership for more than 13 years on the Town of Kent Conservation Advisory Committee. He has also served more than 9 years on the Town of Kent Planning Board. He is a member and treasurer of the Kent Conservation Foundation, which raises money for environmental projects in the town. Phil was also a founding member of ELLA, the Environmental Leaders and Learning Alliance of the Hudson Hills and Highlands, an environmental organization serving the Hudson Valley.
First to establish better lines of communication between the county government and the towns and to find ways to cooperate for the benefit of all. Second: To work with the towns to find a way to attract green business and industry to Putnam. Third: To work with the towns to coordinate, publicize, and enhance the many cultural, educational and recreational assets in Putnam and generally support our # 1 industry - Tourism.
I fully believe in democracy and would try to maintain open communication with all my constituents. I would make myself available for anyone's questions or complaints. If I am interested in pressing a proposal in front of the Legislature, or if there are issues confronting Kent and Patterson, or all of Putnam, I would want to float the ideas around the community to gauge the sentiment of my constituents. I can only reflect the wishes of my constituents if they make their wishes known.
I fully support the Governor's Initiative to share services. It is unfortunate that the county government has not acted on it. In that school taxes represent a large part of overall taxes, it makes great sense to find places to share and to save throughout the schools, including having only one Superintendent if that makes it work better. I would never want to stipulate, for example, that every school district has to offer the same afterschool programs, there has to be room for local choice.
Our parents, our teachers and our coaches have all taught us the value of sharing. Sharing is caring. Is there any other way ?

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