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Henrietta Supervisor

The Town Supervisor is the chief executive officer of the town, similar to a city mayor. He/she is an elected official, serving a two-year term. The Supervisor sits as the presiding member of the Town Board, an elected body of four councilpersons who, along with the Supervisor, are responsible for the adoption of the annual budget, and for the adoption, enforcement and execution of all legislative actions of the Board. The Supervisor's responsibilities also include the preparation and recommendation of the annual budget, reports, information and material for Town Board action, as well as recommending amendments to the Town Code and ordinances when necessary. The Supervisor manages and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Town government, and is available to meet with residents to discuss topics of interest to them.
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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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Safer streets for the people of the town, especially the children. Far too many of the streets in Henrietta lack sidewalks, proper shoulders, or sufficient lighting. This creates unsafe conditions for people walking or riding, especially children. To accomplish this goal I would do two things. First, I would work with the state and county to advocate for improvements to the state and county roads that run through town. If they were unwilling to take on an initiative on their own, I would see if they would be willing to do so with some contributing funds from the town. Furthermore, I would work to improve the cost efficiency of the town with the goal of setting aside a good amount of money that could be used to add sidewalks or shoulders to a few streets each year. We would set up a system to prioritize the streets addressed each year. We would also go after state or federal funds for infrastructure, if they are made available.
By developing a long term plan for the town that mixes green space and development while still preserving areas of the town for agriculture. Included in the plan would be a couple town centers or village centers, looking at how to connect the various walking and riding trails throughout the town, and looking at how to help relieve traffic congestion that is arising as areas build up. In addition, I would look at building a high tech haven for companies spun out of RIT, including office space, industrial space, restaurants, and housing with walking trails and green space. It is a shame to see so many highly talented individuals come out of this top notch institute and start companies in other towns and other states.
I think a town is stronger when it has a wide range of housing options. I like that Henrietta has such a diverse population, including wealth diversity. I think our town is better for it, and that includes starter homes, apartments, and even subsidized housing if done properly. As far as code enforcement and zoning, while I have an inclination towards, “it is your property,” there is also a realization that what you do to your property has a great effect on your neighbors. So zoning and code enforcement are important. However, there are things that could be done to help with both. For zoning, I would like to work to streamline the process. Included in that streamlining would be the concept of an “administrative variance," which would allow the Building Director to issue a variance for situations that clearly are non-issues. Code enforcement also needs to take the full situation into account and not focus just on the letter of the law.
The town currently has some shared services, such as County Water and plowing State and County Roads. My standard for whether I would pursue shared services is simple. If we can get a better service to cost ratio by implementing a shared service, then I would pursue that. If either the service suffers too much or the cost goes up disproportionate to any increase in service, then I would not pursue it or would work to end an existing agreement if that were the case.
I would lean on the expertise at RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability. When looking at new construction or replacing old HVAC units, we would analyze the environmental impact of each system and weigh that into the decision making process. As solar power continues to increase in affordability and power yield, it will reach a point where it makes great economic sense, as well as great environmental sense, to add solar panels to the roofs of existing buildings or to look for places to add solar farms, such as over parking spaces, thus providing both solar power and cover for parked cars. The town could also look at what infrastructure might be needed, if any, to help residents make better use of environmentally sound solutions, such as solar, geothermal, electric vehicles, and so forth. Simply put, sustainability should be one of the many measuring factors in the bid selection process when doing construction for Town facilities or purchasing town vehicle.

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