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Town of Bethlehem Highway Superintendent

The town superintendent of highways is primarily responsible for the maintenance and repair of town highways and bridges, and the removal of obstructions caused by brush and snow. The Superintendent generally has the power to hire, subject to appropriations established by the town board, and direct highway department employees for those purposes. They are elected for 2 years and make a salary of $101,957 per year.
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    JOHN "TIGER" ANASTASI (Rep, Ind, Con, Ref) Owner | Anastasi Contracting

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    DAN MORIN (Dem) Laborer., Bethlehem Town Highway Department

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    GILES WAGONER (WF) Retired, Farmer

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What have you done that qualifies you for this position?

If you are elected, what would you like to accomplish during your term in office?

Campaign Phone (518) 528-2622
Community Involvement I have volunteered my services for the past 15 years to the Bethlehem Pop Warner Organization, rising through the ranks from field and maintenance to elected board member, Vice President and eventually President. I’m retired from the Presidency and is now an executive Board Member of the Capital District Pop Warner Organization.
Experience and Qualifications Owner of Anastasi General Contracting, A second generation family owned business Experience with a wide variety of Construction and Building services, including site work, sewer and water development, snow plowing, design planning, masonry and other duties. Running my own team and crew employees for the last 35 years.
Biography I was raised in Delmar, graduated from Bethlehem Central High School and attended Hudson Valley Community College, majoring in Construction Technology. I moved to Albany for a few years and eventually returned home to Delmar to raise my family in the town that I love. I have volunteered my services for the past 15 years to the Bethlehem Pop Warner Organization, rising through the ranks from field and maintenance to elected board member, Vice President and eventually President. Im retired from the Presidency and is now an executive Board Member of the Capital District Pop Warner Organization. Growing up in a family owned business that I eventually took over, and becoming a second generation building contractor and developer, I’m was fortunate enough to master many of the skills that are crucial to being a successful Highway Superintendent. “Being a hands on individual, whether it be as leader or team member, I look forward to the opportunity of being a major component of a successful Bethlehem Highway Department”. “Change begins with ME”.
Occupation and Special Skills Owner of Anastasi General Contracting, A second generation family owned business Experience with a wide variety of Construction and Building services, including site work, sewer and water development, snow plowing, design planning, masonry and other duties. Running my own team and crew of employees for the last 35 years.
Website, facebook page or other links http://www.tigerforhighwaysuperintent.com/ https://m.facebook.com/AnastasiBethlehemHighwaySuperintendent
Owner of Anastasi General Contracting, A second generation family owned business. Experience with a wide variety of Construction and Building services, including site work, sewer and water development, snow plowing, design planning, masonry and other duties. Running my own team and crew of employees for the last 35 years.
Ensure a scheduled leaf pick-up inatimely manner. Effective paving and maintenance of our roadway that ensure safe and convenient travel. More accountability and responsiveness to resident issues. Re-evaluate town roadways and sidewalk conditions to maximize pedestrian safety. Limit tax payer expenses by utilizing current town employees for town projects.
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Campaign Phone (518) 229-5926
Community Involvement Former Volunteer Firefighter
Experience and Qualifications As the store manager of Radio Shack, I increased sales $500,000 to $1,000,000 during the first five years of my tenure, after which sales leveled off. I interviewed and hired employees, managing fifteen to twenty at any time. As a laborer in our highway department, I have performed almost all of the assigned jobs of the department. I have witnessed excellent leadership under Gregg Sagendorph, Sr., terrible leadership under Joanne Cunningham's husband, Brent Meredith, and have thought of ways we could improve service and eliminate the Clarkson/Meredith "waste, fraud and abuse" of the department by managing the department better and in person.
Biography I was born and grew up on McCombe Drive in Delmar, next to Haswell Farms when it was a farm! I attended Bethlehem Central Schools. I have worked ten years as a union carpenter, ten years as the store manager of the Glenmont Radio Shack, and thirteen years as a laborer in our highway department. I have lived in Bethlehem all of my life.
Occupation and Special Skills Bethlehem Town Highway Department laborer, most skills associated with work at the highway department
Website, facebook page or other links Facebook Page: Dan Morin for Bethlehem Highway Superintendent
I have worked at the highway department for the past thirteen years. I know what the problems in the department are and their solutions. We need a hands-on manager. Having a present superintendent observing and monitoring job sites will have a cascading effect on improving efficiency and service: Eliminating unnecessary overtime, equitably sharing overtime opportunities for workers so workers know there are no "favorites," improving employee morale, organizing work crews properly by taking into account employee strengths and weaknesses, effecting proper time management on projects, allocating department resources where they are needed, improving public and worker safety and making observations that will make me think of other ideas that would help us achieve department goals, e.g. cross-training employees, implementing an electronic card-key system, rotating employees to avoid the criminal racketeering at the transfer station, etc. Better leaf pickup and snow removal will result.
1) We should train employees in the operations of all equipment to improve the efficiency of jobsites. 2) We should start paving in May instead of July and save the town the cost of hiring eight to ten Glenmont Job Corps employees at $10 - $12/hr. at the end of the paving season to finish the season’s scheduled work. 3) We should eliminate unnecessary overtime by using the lowest-payrate-but-qualified employee to do a job. We should allow lower-level employees to perform solitary tasks without a foreman having to open the building and garage. To address management's security concerns, we could install a card-key system. 4) We should install plows on all of our pickups so that foremen in a pickup can plow an area missed by our dump trucks instead of calling the dump truck back to the unplowed area. 5) Like the best organizations in the world, I want to set up an incentive plan for our employees, so that ideas that save the town money will be recognized and rewarded with bonuses.
Campaign Phone (518) 322-3633
Community Involvement Town Board, Volunteer Firefighter, Bethlehem Democratic Committee, Served on the Bethlehem Conservation Easement Review Board and co-authored the Bethlehem Agricultural & Farmland Protection Plan
Experience and Qualifications Small Business Owner and Excavating Contractor Experienced in commercial and residential construction; paving, basement excavation, driveways; design and build septic systems, storm water collection systems, farm and silt ponds & perform many types of site work improvement Experienced in the operation & repair of heavy equipment, trucks, and tankers Commercial Driver, CDL license holder since 1967, Hazmat certified
Biography I was born and raised in Bethlehem and have lived here my whole life. I have a long history of service to the town and my country. I served in the military for 24 years and am also a retired airline Captain. My wife Edith and I have been married for 45 years and have a daughter and two sons, and are proud grandparents to four grandchildren. We are rural landowners and raise beef cattle on our farm in Selkirk. I was elected to the Bethlehem Town Board in November 2016, and have served on the board since January.
Occupation and Special Skills See Experience and Qualifications
Website, facebook page or other links none
My management experience is exemplified by my election as Fire Commissioner for the Selkirk Fire District. I served from 2005-2010, oversaw 10 volunteer Fire Chiefs & 80+ volunteer firefighters in a district covering 32 square miles. I am a retired airline Captain, and I was a commissioned officer for 24 years and retired as a Command pilot in the Air National Guard. I have been a small Business Owner and Excavating Contractor. I am experienced in commercial and residential construction; paving, basement excavation, driveways; design and build septic systems, storm water collection systems, farm and silt ponds & perform many types of site work improvement. I also am experienced in the operation & repair of heavy equipment, trucks, and tankers and have been a Commercial Driver, CDL license holder since 1967, as well as Hazmat certified.
As Highway Superintendent, I plan to ensure safety & quality of life for our residents & their families by providing reliable highway services that ensure safe streets and protect & improve our infrastructure.

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