This year New Paltz village residents can select from a number of fine trustee candidates to serve on our Village Board. The qualities I admire in my elected officials are honesty, integrity, thoughtfulness and commitment. Kip Ruger embodies all of these qualities and for me is the ideal choice to serve as one of our village trustees. Every day by his actions Kip shows the community his generosity, his kindness and his commitment to getting things done. As a lifelong resident of New Paltz, Kip has a perspective on our community that will enhance the deliberations and decisions of our Village Board. He is a voice of reason, who will work well with all village employees and volunteers, and ensure that every resident’s voice is heard. You can count on Kip.
While many of the candidates for trustee would serve us well, only one candidate for mayor has the integrity, honesty, experience, temperament and knowledge to serve our village. That candidate is Jean Gallucci. With more than 13 years in municipal government as clerk/treasurer, village trustee and deputy mayor, Jean has proven time and time again that she can lead and manage our village. In this time of economic uncertainty, Jean has the fiscal experience and detailed knowledge of federal, state and local finance laws to guide our community through troubled waters, keeping us fiscally solvent and ensuring that our employees and volunteers can provide us essential municipal services. No other candidate for mayor comes close to Jean, who has the experience and skill that we need now.
New Paltz elected its first mayor in 1887. But in 124 years, this forward-thinking community has never elected a woman as mayor. This May 3, it is time to end that streak! Jean Gallucci is the best choice for mayor of New Paltz.
Join me on May 3 in voting for Jean Gallucci for mayor and David Kip Ruger for trustee.
Pulling for Pete
It is heartening to see grassroots democracy in action in the form of such a robust field of candidates for the village trustee and mayoral races this year. Village residents face some tough choices as they weigh the experience, ideas, energies and plans of the many candidates vying for election. On May 3 I will be pulling the lever for Peter Healey for mayor. Although Pete faces some worthy, experienced candidates in this race, it is his long and serious devotion to the most pressing issue facing our community that makes him the candidate of choice. That issue is, of course, the question of shared services, more efficient and improved services and possible models for restructuring village and town government, which lies ahead for all New Paltz residents. Pete has studied this matter for years, has brought intelligent ideas to the table and promises to be a thoughtful and informed leader when the time comes for this community to decide what it wants to do about its structures of governance and its delivery of services.
Thomas G. Olsen
Shari Osborn contributes to the arts in New Paltz
I’m writing as a village resident to outline some of the contributions Trustee Shari Osborn has made to the arts in New Paltz during her time in office.
Over the past four years, she has made a series of small but key changes to the New Paltz Regatta -- permits, policing, planning -- that have boosted the enjoyment and the safety levels of this crazy-fun, family-oriented New Paltz event. She has supported the new Phool’s Parade in a variety of ways, solving, as noted in a letter in this paper just last week, a communication issue that threatened to derail this years’ parade.
Osborn helped smooth COTA’s 2009 move from Hasbrouck Park to Historic Huguenot Street, to the great benefit of this premier event and its happy new host. She got the village and a host of other partners behind the Art Along the Hudson Third Saturday Art Loop project in 2009 -- and has worked tirelessly since then to maintain interest in the event among host venues, artists and supporters throughout the community and across the mid-Hudson Valley. The Dorsky Museum’s kickoff event for the 2010 AAH season, co chaired by Osborn and Melanie Cronin, brought over 200 arts professionals to a New Paltz party that buzzed with the energy of a vibrant arts community.
Osborn brought the 2009 Habitats for Artists campus/community art project from idea to reality, securing a resolution of support from the Village Board, but, more importantly, connecting to businesses, artists, nonprofits and groups on campus and off, and making it possible for dozens of artists to occupy four temporary structures for five months and interact with thousands of New Paltz residents and visitors. She also provided board support and enthusiastic guidance during the planning and implementation of “Carrying”, last summer’s campus/community project that addressed the difficult topic of gun violence on campuses, pulling together a hard-to-summarize array of supporters -- town officials, the police department, SUNY New Paltz students and alums, middle- and elementary-school students, rail/trail committee members, village residents, business owners and artists.
Town/Gown Connect, a volunteer effort that Osborn co-founded, is designed to facilitate connections between campus and community, and, since late last year, dozens of creative people have shared their visual and spoken artistry with hundreds of people through Town/Gown Connect’s partnerships with Woodland Pond, Unframed Artists Gallery, Wild Plums Writer’s Group, the Woodland Pond Poetry Group, Simply Create and many others. Town/Gown Connect has also presented documentary films and books that address environmental issues such as hydrofracking and the politics and economics of water -- and hosted public discussions at every event.
Please note that every single one of these projects was done as a partnership with multiple individuals and numerous private and non-profit entities. When you pull a lever for your next two-year trustee, please think about the hard work, dedication and collaboration -- as well as the moments of inspiration and connection -- that Osborn’s way of building and sustaining a vibrant arts community has benefitted you and your neighbors.
Stewart Glenn is a community leader
Stewart Glenn and I have worked together since 1955 (first as Safety Patrol members in the Campus School). Today, we serve together as trustees of the New Paltz Community Foundation. In one way or another, he has always been looking out for New Paltz’s best interests. Stewart’s ability to cut to the root of problems could well serve the residents of the Village of New Paltz if you elect him as a trustee. He would bring a unique perspective to the village’s challenges and its opportunities. In addition to his years as a resident in the village, he has been a creative, thought-provoking and hardworking-member, and often leader, in a number of other local organizations.
Vivian Yess Wadlin
Why I support Pete Healey for mayor
I support Pete Healey for mayor. A recent article profiling Pete in this newspaper quotes him as saying that he will run the village as a “first among equals.” It is for his style and character that I support his mayoral bid.
My first impression of Pete came during a trustee debate in 2008 at SUNY. He was detailed in his ideas and steeled in his determination for attending to the technocratic issues of the village. But he was much more than that and still is. To me, a politician should be both a policy wonk as well as a careful, insightful thinker: someone who empathetically connects diverse, actionable ideas; is genuinely open to suggestions; works in good faith with citizens as well as interested parties; communicates passionately; and, then makes decisive decisions, which are both explained and explainable. Pete has those qualities and I have no doubt that he will run his administration as such.
What came through in the 2008 debate was his silence as much as his words; he listens with patience in a way that makes me trust his character for leading the lively cacophony of ideas and personalities that are the village. After he was elected to his trustee position, I became closer friends with him. I found that he would often work long, physically demanding hours and upon coming home would immerse himself in his trustee work with the dedication that comes from both loving New Paltz and from being politically aware and engaged in the place for decades. Through his many formal and informal contributions to the village, he deeply understands the potent progressive currents that magnetize it for locals, students, tourists and all the others who become fascinated with the place. New Paltz is that place because of people like Pete Healey and he will serve you well.
San Diego, CA
A vote for Jean Gallucci, Ariana Basco and Stewart Glenn
I served on the Village Board of Trustees for a one-year interim term as an appointee during 2007-08, just before the collapse of the US financial and housing markets. Back then, the biggest item on our agenda was how to prioritize the $10 million in State funding for improvements to our local transportation systems. Though it was only three years ago, that seems a different economic era.
During my year on the Village Board, I sat next to Jean Gallucci. I already knew how exceptional Jean is. Before being elected village trustee, Jean had served as both our village clerk and treasurer for more than five years, somehow managing to excel at these two demanding full-time positions at once. As Jean’s colleague on the Board of Trustees, I learned that beyond having an exemplary work ethic and peerless institutional knowledge, Jean Gallucci is very smart, but humble, rigorously principled, but open-minded and
a pure pleasure to work with at all times.
As clerk/treasurer, trustee and deputy mayor, Jean Gallucci has been the fiscal backbone of our village for many years now. Jean Gallucci is keenly qualified to serve as our mayor. Like most progressive people who live here, I’m willing to put my wallet behind better schools, libraries, parks and public works. Let’s draft those plans -- and elect Jean -- to steady our village through these hard economic times, to keep us solvent and make us stronger, for that brighter tomorrow.
Regarding the village trustee race, the candidates’ demonstrable ability to work well with others -- especially those they’re in disagreement with -- has helped guide my vote. As we have seen here locally too many times, incendiary rhetoric hurts the political process. Willful acrimony kills it. Among the most formidably qualified trustee candidates running, I believe that Ariana Basco and Stewart Glenn are the most temperamentally suited to govern. Ariana Basco and Stewart Glenn will help comprise a strong, diverse,
capable, affable, approachable board of trustees around Jean Gallucci.
Finally, as someone who has served very briefly but chose not to endure the electoral process, I’d like to extend my gratitude and profound respect to every candidate running. You each make me proud to live here. We’re very lucky to have you.
Ariana Basco for Village Board
I first met Ariana Basco when she was the Project Coordinator and Community Outreach Director for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). It was easy for me to see why NYPIRG hired her, she has the personality and organizational skills needed to motivate people and accomplish goals.
For the past two years, I have worked with Ariana on the SUNY New Paltz Environmental Task Force (ETF) and have been continually impressed by her energy and ability to get things done. Under her leadership as co-chair, the task force has been a positive force for change. And during her tenure, our volunteer numbers have grown -- I believe, due the success of ETF projects, the group’s growing presence on campus and in the community and Ariana’s positive leadership.
When Ariana sought a position on the Town Police Commission after a few young women were attacked in our community, I was again impressed by her ability to step up when it came to tough issues that needed attention. Her service on the commission was exemplary. She prepared well, completed research with care, deftly scrutinized the budget and fought hard against the proposals for police officers to have stun guns. She showed she has the strength and integrity to fight for what she believes in, with information, intelligence and collegiality. After years of deadlock and negativity, Ariana is exactly the type of person we need on our Village Board.
Please join me in voting for Ariana Basco -- Positive Party on ROW A -- for Village Board on May 3, noon to 9 p.m. at the Village Fire House.
Pete Healey for Mayor
I have known Pete Healey for many years and I plan to vote for him for mayor on May 5. Pete thinks outside of the box and has the energy and commitment to pursue what he believes in. I like the spunky, volunteer spirit of Jonathan Cohen and look forward to seeing him continue his volunteer work in the community. I applaud Jean Gallucci for serving in public office and appreciate the hard work she has done. I have much admiration for the environmental activism and vision of Jason West and would be happy to see him serve again as mayor. However, this time around we have the unique opportunity to vote for Pete Healey, who deserves this chance to lead us toward the goal of one New Paltz. It makes sense that unification of the town and village would lead to more efficiency in government services. The time has come for one New Paltz. Mr. Healey is the person who has spearheaded this effort for a number of years and deserves the chance to steer New Paltz in the right direction. Pete is a person of dignity and intelligence and I am sure he will work tirelessly on behalf of our community.
New Paltz, NY 12561
Support Stewart Glenn for village trustee, Jean Gallucci for mayor
I have known Stewart Glenn since high school as an intelligent, thoughtful person who would do well as our representative on the Village Board. >From my experience on the board, I know that his legal knowledge will also be helpful in navigating some of the tough issues that arise. Although I am not yet sold on the idea of a “townwide village,” I am not opposed to a study on the issue and I believe that Stewart will help us consider all the pros and cons appropriately.
I would also like to urge everyone to vote for Jean Gallucci for mayor. Jean has years of intimate knowledge of village affairs as clerk, trustee and acting mayor. I believe that she is one who will provide a level-headed approach to the future of our village.
Let’s save New Paltz and elect Jonathan Cohen
Please join me and many other local business and homeowners -- Let’s vote for a mayor who can think out of the box and lead our great village through the many obstacles we face today. Only Jonathan Cohen has the integrity, creativity and life experience to help us get on track. Only Jonathan is able to communicate with all types of people equally. Jonathan Cohen, father, local businessman and homeowner wants to give the power back to the hardworking residents of this village. Through encouraging volunteerism, community service, fairness and open communication between local government and residents, he will be the breath of fresh air that we have all been waiting for. Jonathan Cohen is truly a man of the people. Join me and let’s save New Paltz together!
Vote for Jonathan Cohen Mayor.
Martin Sherow: Exactly what New Paltz needs
I recently attended the candidate’s forum at Woodland Pond and was struck by the unknown trustee candidate, Martin Sherow.
While the line-up of candidates was passable at best from the other parties, Mr. Sherow seemed to take command of the issues facing the village, delivered his message with passion and stated clearly without the use of notes how the needs of the village should be met.
In this election year, the Village of New Paltz should vote with their heart and soul, brimming with passion to what unique leadership looks like, to what kind of leaders we can count on. Candidate Sherow is cut from a different brand. Clear, vital and confidant. Exactly what the Village of New Paltz needs.
I ask for your vote on May 3
Congressman Barney Frank has a saying, “Government is just the name we give to those things we choose to do together.” I know our village can do great things together, because I’ve seen it and been a part of it for over 15 years.
Do you want a New Paltz that’s affordable to all who want to live here, where everyone is respected and listened to -- whether you’re here to study, raise a family, retire, or just visit? We need rentals that are healthy and safe and homes that are economically within reach of those of us who live and work here.
Do you want a New Paltz where you can teach your kids how to ride a bike in front of a house you can afford, and know that there’s a place for you here when I retire?
Do you want clean water, clean air and clean energy? There are a tremendous number of committed environmental scientists and activists who live in New Paltz. We need to once again harness their collective experience and dedication in order to find ways to provide services and plan for the future in the greenest way possible.
Do you want more locally-owned businesses and family farms and open space protected? There are few, if any, vacant storefronts in our village, and what that tells me is that there are more people who want to start or relocate businesses here than we are providing room for.
With a SUNY- and ecotourism-based economy, we can’t afford to pass up the opportunity to attract more small businesses to our community; agriculture and business with fewer than a hundred employees are far and away the most powerful engines of our national economy and play a similarly crucial role in New Paltz.
Do you want a New Paltz where more of us are engaged in our local government, where volunteers, firefighters, municipal employees and the public are treated with respect, given a fair hearing and have every opportunity to volunteer their time to improve our neighborhoods?
These aren’t new ideas. Many of them are common sense and many will take time. I’ve got the experience, the dedication, the principles and track record to accomplish them with your help.
That’s the New Paltz I will work for. If you believe, like I do, that we can do this together, I would appreciate your vote on May 3.
Support for Stewart Glenn will be a plus for tomorrow
The future of New Paltz is becoming One Town/One Village government. The pluses are significant at this time and will be encouraged by the election of Stewart Glenn as a trustee. He has been serving in the governance of New Paltz for many years. He is an experienced politician, committed to strengthening the larger community for the future of the town and village. Your support for Stewart Glenn will be a plus for tomorrow.
Leland E. Gartrell
New Paltz is lucky to have Pete Healey as a candidate for mayor
I am writing in support of Pete Healey’s campaign for mayor on the One Community Party slate. The issues raised by this campaign are relevant and timely, and I believe Pete demonstrates the qualities necessary to help New Paltz transition into a new era of smart, functional and responsive government.
My most recent interaction with Pete was during last year’s general election for New York’s statewide offices. Pete worked tirelessly to help create a slate of candidates representing diverse political perspectives in an effort to solidify relationships among our state’s minor parties. His clear commitment to cooperation and shared values was demonstrated by his willingness to join with others seeking to collaborate and achieve common goals. Pete championed the cause of all underrepresented individuals as a vocal and steadfast advocate for fairness, equality, and coalition building across political lines.
In a small community, this is exactly the type of person needed to ensure both progress and justice a community that has varied, and therefore valuable, beliefs. Pete has never been one to dismiss another’s viewpoint, instead listening carefully and identifying areas of agreement, which enables him to move forward and achieve resolution. He is clearly capable and, in fact, passionate about working with individuals who share very different opinions, recognizing that true success can only be realized when everyone is included.
New Paltz is lucky to have Pete as a candidate for mayor and I encourage everyone to vote for the One Community Party on Row B on May 3.
Kip Ruger is smart, fair and has no agenda
I support Kip Ruger for Village Board. Kip is smart, he is fair and he has no agenda. The Village of New Paltz will benefit from the energy and focus Kip brings to any task that he takes on.
On May 3 vote David Kip Ruger for Village Board.
Michael L. Fairweather
Jason West has a proven track record
I urge you to vote for Jason West on Tuesday, May 3. After living in New Paltz for the last 12 years, I feel extremely fortunate that our son is now growing up in such a special place. I strongly believe that Mr. West will protect, preserve, enhance and restore all that made us choose to settle down and raise a family here.
New Paltz was a better place to live when Mr. West was in office. While the economic downturn and its impact were beyond anyone’s control, the abysmal performance of the current administration in both actions and policies has been an embarrassment. We sorely need someone who can breathe some life back into Village Hall. Jason West is that someone.
When Mr. West was previously elected, I was inspired to volunteer to help rebuild the village’s website and had the opportunity to work with him personally on the Technology Committee formed during his administration (now defunct). I was able to observe first-hand his impeccable work ethic, dedication to open government, willingness to collaborate and commitment to serving our community.
During his time in office he set ambitious goals (e.g., installing solar panels on Village Hall, planting reed beds to process sewage) and saw them to fruition, all the while dutifully performing the less sensational but no less demanding day-to-day responsibilities of running the village.
Mr. West is the only candidate who is talented at both managing practical matters and spearheading progressive ones. He has a clear and inspiring vision for the future of New Paltz and a proven track record of getting things done. Please vote for Jason West for mayor on May 3.
A vote for the One Community Party
As a Village of New Paltz resident, businessman and homeowner for the past 30 years, I am supporting and voting for the One Community Party (Pete Healey for mayor, Sally Rhoads and Martin Sherow for four-year trustee terms and Stewart Glenn for the two-year trustee term) in the upcoming election. I believe improvements can be made in communicating with the people and protecting their interests; we need a change. The idea of one government for New Paltz is a good one, and I know the One Community Party will work hard to develop a plan which makes efficient use of resources while being fair to all New Paltz residents. While there are a lot of candidates running for office this year, and I know and respect many of them, the One Community Party slate has many years of public service and local experience, and among them they know just about everyone in New Paltz. Their communication skills will promote good will with all residents and improve the relationship with town officials. I believe they will create a positive atmosphere that will encourage residents to volunteer to improve conditions in New Paltz. We need a change in leadership in New Paltz and that is why I am voting for the One Community Party on May 3.
High marks for Rick Bunt
Rick Bunt is running for Village of New Paltz trustee. I have had the pleasure of knowing Rick all of his life since I have been a resident of New Paltz for more than 50 years. Rick has delivered newspapers and cut lawns in my neighborhood and is an honest and hard worker. I believe he showed great leadership in opposing the New Paltz Middle School renovation proposition. I would recommend him highly for Village Trustee.
Jean Gallucci is hands down the best candidate
Residents of the Village of New Paltz. This is my first letter to the New Paltz Times and I am writing it in support of deputy mayor Jean Gallucci for mayor. I believe that Deputy Mayor Gallucci is hands down the best candidate due to her deep understanding of the village and her willingness to listen to all sides of an argument.
During my time in office I have witnessed her command an encyclopedic knowledge of the village’s finances and its history. This is because Deputy Mayor Gallucci has 13 years municipal experience here in New Paltz, nine of which are in service to the village. In addition to her vast knowledge she provides an interesting perspective on the mechanics and processes of the village from the inside because of her years as the clerk/treasurer. A person with this combination of knowledge is not easy to come by and should not be taken lightly.
I also find Deputy Mayor Gallucci to be extremely fair. I believe this is a very important quality for the position of mayor. When we disagree, Deputy Mayor Gallucci has always listened to what I have to say, and just as importantly treated me in a respectful manner. She is always willing to listen and comes at problems with an open mind, making decisions only after hearing all the facts and arguments. I want a mayor that will listen to us, work with us and treat all members of the community with respect.
Deputy Mayor Gallucci always has the village resident’s best interest at heart. Whether acting on legislation or managing the day-to-day operations of the village she is dedicated to providing the best quality service for your tax dollars. On Tuesday May 3, 2011 vote Jean Gallucci for mayor.
Shari Osborn for two-year trustee
My name is Shari Osborn and I am a candidate for a two-year trustee seat in the upcoming village election. Many of you already know me, but I would like to take a moment to give you an opportunity to get to know me better so you will consider voting for me next Tuesday.
I live one block from campus and my children and I enjoy celebrating all our many village neighborhoods, SUNY and Woodland Pond have to offer as a community. We live right next to the campus so that we can raise our children in a youthful, intellectually stimulating, progressive neighborhood -- we love our active community and we see our quality of life IMPROVED by all who live here.
Throughout my first term in office, I have been the “go-to” trustee for all constituents who want to be aware, active, connected and “in the know,” and I love helping new and established residents live in harmony in a small, tight-knit community.
I have a passion for our Mother Earth: a focus on the environment, healthy eating and living a sustainable existence is second nature to me and my family. I believe in sustainability achieved through the simple “plant a garden and buy local” philosophy. I want these concepts to be taught to our children and reinforced throughout their lives. Currently I am helping to start a Green Classroom at the middle school and promoting readings and discussions of The Dirty Life so that everyone in our community can come together around one single issue -- taking further steps towards sustainability.
I am very proud of my anti-fracking legislation now before the Village Board. I feel it is vitally important at this stage of the game that we express our opposition to this harmful practice, that we ban fracking across our municipality, and, crucially, that we ban the transportation of fracking fluids of all types, preventing these materials from traveling our roads or being dumped on our properties.
I work tirelessly each year to promote and support local environmental groups, CSAs and our beloved community-wide events that increase appreciation of diversity and keep our community connected. I have also fostered a series of art projects connecting campus and community, working with artists inside and outside the community whose works have galvanized lively and challenging public dialogues about creativity and a sense of place.
I firmly believe it is our responsibility, as village trustees, to be forward thinkers, and have a vision based on a realistic understanding of our community. I know the members of my community, I can relate to them intimately -- I am one of us all and we are all connected. I want to continue to serve our community, as I have throughout my first term, as a youthful, healthy, visionary individual with drive, stamina and the ability to get results. Need/want to know more about me? Drop me a line at email@example.com.
Thank you for your time and this opportunity to share my vision with you; I hope you walk or ride proudly to VOTE on MAY 3. It is vitally important to pull the lever to protect our liberal, connected community mindset.
Getting to know Jean Gallucci
My name is Jean Gallucci and I am running for mayor on May 3. Many of you in the local community already know who I am from the more than 13 years that I served in various positions in local government and from my volunteer efforts contributed to the Regatta, Library Fair, Festa, Fishing Derby and Clean Sweep. I feel I have the qualifications to lead the Village of New Paltz for the next four years and I would like to take a moment of your time to tell you why.
I started working in public service in 1998 in our local Town Clerk’s office. I balanced the clerk’s books and compiled monthly reports for the Town Board’s information. This job in local government put everything in perspective for me -- we report to a bigger authority and there are procedures that need to be followed.
I was soon hired as a bookkeeper and I enjoyed the challenge of learning this line of work and all that went into the process of “running” the town. I learned all the expense and revenue codes, multiple funds and the NYS Comptroller’s guidelines for the use and best practice for each. In 2001, I became the Clerk-Treasurer of the Village of New Paltz. I trained with the NY Conference of Mayors and the NYS Government Finance Officers’ associations. In this position I learned how to file for state and federal grant reimbursements and how to draw down on CDBG block grant funds. This will play an important role in our future water and sewer infrastructure financing package.
In 2007, I knew that I was committed to public service in this community and ran for trustee. Local government work is a difficult task, but I know the job and I do it well. I would like to be mayor so that I may complete what I consider the most serious work started since the beginning of my term: improvements to the water and sewer infrastructure. It is necessary and it will improve a system that is over 50 years old and has been patched for years. This is a large investment that will improve services to all on the system, including the town and SUNY, as well as reduce pollution from our overflowing manholes. This work will need to be done whether consolidation is an option or not. I also want to continue to maintain a stable tax structure which will keep more people in their homes and keep rents consistent for all. I think we can improve upon our mass transportation options and I would like to expand upon our relationship with the college in the form of internships.
I am currently the Chief Fiscal Officer of a $6+ million non-profit agency. Only about $1.5 million is guaranteed state funding. Earlier this year I wrote the budgets for two new State grants and we have been awarded both. The knowledge that I utilize every day as a CFO is a benefit to me in my role as the deputy mayor. Before I decided to run for mayor, I discussed with my employer the opportunity to serve as part-time mayor. I was given full support and flexible work options will be available to me if I am elected.
On May 3, I hope that you will come out to vote. If you are still not familiar with me and what I can do, please view my website at jean4mayor.com or visit my facebook page. I hope that if you are concerned about the stability of the future of the Village of New Paltz, as I am, that you will vote for me. I love this village!
Deputy Mayor/Village Trustee
A vote for Jonathan Cohen and the Groovy Blueberry Party
My name is Stuart Mann and I am the owner of Mann Consultants, a private label garment company. I have known Jonathan and Amy Cohen and Emily Crocetti for a number of year.
After many years of not being back to New Paltz, business with the Cohens brought me back a few years ago. It excites and delights me to see the opportunity for such a vibrant and beautiful village to have the opportunity to vote for the Groovy Blueberry ticket in this upcoming village election. Jonathan Cohen for mayor is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your local government to make what seems like a life-saving change. Having worked closely with Jonathan Cohen, Amy Cohen and Emily Crocetti on many large projects, I can assure you that you will have honest, intelligent, creative and exciting new leaders. Jonathan Cohen will restore New Paltz to the most exciting village in the Northeast. New Paltz has all the best ingredients -- bucolic landscapes, great and unusual businesses, exciting culture and an eclectic mix of citizens. The only thing missing from the picture is great leadership! The Cohen campaign’s support of the volunteer fire department underscores their dedication and appreciation for ALL volunteers and the use of common sense, which they always bring to the table.
If I ship their business one or two pieces extra by mistake, they are on the phone right away to make sure they pay for everything shipped. When the bill comes due, like clockwork, the money is on the way. This is the kind of diligence, honesty and integrity you want running your village. Vendors will appreciate it, and in turn, people will step up to help in any and every way to elevate New Paltz to even greater heights in the future.
Get ready to make great changes starting first with a vote for Jonathan Cohen and the Groovy Blueberry Party!
Vote for David Kip Ruger for trustee
David Kip Ruger is hardworking and dedicated to his family and friends. He is a loyal supporter to local charities. David Ruger wants to make New Paltz a great place to live and work. Please vote. It is a vote in the right direction.
Rick Bunt can lead New Paltz
I am supporting Rick Bunt’s candidacy for Village of New Paltz trustee. I have known his family since coming to New Paltz in 1965. Rick is a hardworking, intelligent a highly focused individual who aims to succeed in whatever he does. He will bring to the trustee’s job his experience from the financial district in New York and his success as a realtor and builder in New Paltz. Rick was born and raised in New Paltz. He clearly loves it and deserves to be part of its leadership.
Jason West is the future of New Paltz
My name is Mark Beaumont and I am proud to say I’ve spent just a year shy of half my life in this wonderful place we call New Paltz. In 1994 I chose to attend SUNY New Paltz as a music major for several reasons, but it was the vitality and charm of the village that played a big part in my decision. Today I am very blessed to say I am now a loving father and husband as well as a New Paltz homeowner.
During my 17 years here, there was one occasion in particular when I was especially proud to be a resident of New Paltz and that was when Jason West was elected mayor. The list of accomplishments during the short amount of time he was in office is nothing short of impressive. Jason West will bring clarity and focus to the many issues we face as a community, as well as foster an environment of partnership as we collectively tackle those issues. To speak plainly, Jason West stands head and shoulders above the rest.
The world we live in is changing and evolving right before our very eyes. The decisions we make as a community will define us as we step forward to meet our future. Make the right decision for the future of New Paltz on May 3 by voting for Jason West for mayor.
Join me in supporting Rick Bunt as village trustee
Although Rick Bunt has long-standing roots in New Paltz, I first met him only two years ago when we worked together as part of Unite Our District. It is because of his deep love and concern for the New Paltz community that he has taken such an active part in the educational, financial and facilities planning of the New Paltz Central School District and in village government. I immediately knew Rick was someone I could work cooperatively with and someone whom I could trust. Rick has worked tirelessly attending meetings and educating the public about issues he is passionate about, such as fiscal transparency, sustainability and lowering taxes. His education in business administration and employment in business management makes him an excellent candidate for village trustee, overseeing budgetary and 21st-century building and helping New Paltz grow and prosper responsibly and wisely.
Here are some characteristic of Rick’s that I find absolutely necessary in his representing me in village government. Rick Bunt is broad-minded in his thinking and represents diversity in our New Paltz community by being fair-minded and empathic to the feelings, values, interests and well-being of ALL -- a hard job. Rick is able to synthesize multiple aspects of an issue, project or problem and make decisions with information, intelligence and integrity. When Rick is uncertain of an action, he waits until he educates himself on the facts and then uses sound judgment to make good decisions at the right time. In this way, Rick is a hands-on leader, shows creativity in his thinking by finding new and better ways to solve problems and represents what is good and in the best interests for all in our community, without playing politics. Please join me on May 3 by voting for Rick Bunt as village trustee.
Jonathan Cohen will serve without compensation
I have been following the mayoral campaign in the New Paltz Times with great interest. Although I am a seasonal visitor, I am very much concerned with the future of the village. Jonathan Cohen’s candidacy appears to provide a unique opportunity. He has proven management and leadership skills. Moreover, and most important, he alone has shown great spirit, a real concern for the future and selfless motivation. His offer to serve without compensation is both generous and proper, as well as consistent with the practice in many towns throughout New York. I hope that the board will follow his example. Over four years the savings could be $250,000. These savings could pay for village improvements, equipment for the fire and/or police departments, etc., etc. The election of Mr. Cohen will provide New Paltz with a leader who wants to give a voice to the people; he is correct that without a referendum there can be no true democracy. Mr. Cohen is the candidate the village needs as mayor.
Palm Beach, Florida
Jason West’s vision and dedication will serve us well
As a homeowner, small business owner and a lifelong resident of New Paltz, I am happy to have the opportunity to vote for a mayor who is known to work hard in the best interest of the people that he represents, Jason West. I know that his vision and dedication will once again serve us.
In all my years in New Paltz, I have never seen a mayor who has made the most of the position that Jason did during his term in office. He truly lives up to what we should expect from an elected official.
As the owner of Joanie’s Bistro Mountain Store, I need to take a look at the bottom line while offering the best product and friendly, caring service to my customers. There is no doubt that this is what we will get from Jason West.
Please join me on May 3 and vote for Jason.
Kip Ruger is the right choice
Having known David “Kip” Ruger, both professionally and as a friend for the past eight years, it is with the utmost confidence that I support his run for village trustee. I can think of no better person to represent the Village of New Paltz. Kip is a professional, respectful and kind person. In fact, he is one of the kindest people I have had the privilege to meet. As a business owner in New Paltz, Kip is a strong, quiet leader who is deeply involved in the New Paltz community. As village trustee, Kip will ensure that all voices are heard with a patient and pragmatic ear. He is unquestionably the right choice for village trustee. Good luck Kip!
We need a leader like Jason West
I have lived in New Paltz for over 25 years. When Jason West first became mayor of New Paltz, it was a real time of great energy and hope for a better tomorrow. He helped make our community a very special place. Jason was fresh and young and filled with energy. He was thinking outside of the old-school box and looked at making changes that might have seemed risky at best; but, remember, sometimes without risk progress can only stagnate and even fester -- going nowhere and even at times, backwards.
Jason West now has decided to finish the quest for a better New Paltz. Older and wiser and more focused, we should support him and make him our mayor again. Now is a time when new ways and thoughts are needed. We can’t sit on our old ways, for this is not the old times. We must think about taking environmental and sustainable views to everything we do for our community. Important infrastructure and educational building must take place and we must have someone who has a unique open mind to lead these changes. Check out www.100ideas.wordpress.com for a compilation of Jason’s vision called “100 Ideas for New Paltz.”
I for one want to have a New Paltz that is known throughout the country as one of those most amazing places to live in and visit -- a village with the greatest main street, the finest schools and amazing outdoor wonders; a place where biking and a pedestrian way of life is envied by others. A village that is known for its environmental and sustainable practices second to none! We must have a leader like Jason West whose dedication to these causes will be unparalleled, leading the way.
Vote for Jason West on May 3 for a New Paltz we can all be proud of together.
Vote for the One Community Party
The One Community Party is a slate of four candidates seeking election to the Village of New Paltz Board on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Together, we have over 100 years experience in community work and public service. We are confident that our expertise, cooperative attitudes and dedication to service will revitalize village government. For us, integrity, compassion, open communication and attention to detail are more than campaign promises. They are core values that must characterize all village actions. We are eager to restore civility to the Village Board, working together to ensure that the needs of residents are addressed in a fair, timely and thoughtful manner.
Our platform focuses on a number of issues supported by our central mission -- the unification of the town and village governments. Previous attempts to merge the two governments failed to convince village residents that the unique character of the village would not be lost or absorbed. Recent reforms enacted by the state government would allow a combined government to maintain its close connections with villagers while simultaneously resolving the conflicts caused by overlapping jurisdictions. We believe that in tough economic times, seeking efficiency in government is a better alternative than raising taxes, cutting services or doing nothing at all. We also believe that the duplication and confusion created by two governments can best be addressed by merging two antiquated governments into a modern government that works for the entire community. We will continue the current community-wide discussion on unification, and we are the only candidates who have stated our commitment to developing a unification proposal for voter referendum.
Please know that the One Community Party is more than a single-issue party. Regardless of the outcome of any unification discussion, we are committed to addressing all concerns, including: improvement of communications with residents and town officials, government transparency, effective recruitment and support of volunteers, strengthening the relationship with the fire department and improving parks and infrastructure.
We respectfully ask that you consider us when casting your vote in the Village of New Paltz elections on May 3, 2011. To support the One Community Party, simply vote the entire row “B.” The polls will be open from noon until 9 p.m. at the Village Firehouse, located adjacent to Village Hall at 25 Plattekill Avenue. Your feedback is welcome and appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns -- you can call us, e-mail us at OneCommunityNewPaltz@gmail..com, or visit our website at www.OneCommunityNewPaltz.com. Whether you identify as a student, landlord, homeowner, business owner, Republican, Green, Democrat or simply a resident who loves New Paltz as much as we do, you are an integral part of our community and we look forward to working with you in the future.
Pete Healey, Mayoral Candidate
Sally Rhoads, 4-Year Trustee Candidate
Martin Sherow, 4-Year Trustee Candidate
Stewart Glenn, 2-Year Trustee Candidate
David ‘Kip” Ruger for village trustee
Hi everyone, my name is David ‘Kip’ Ruger and I am running for Village of New Paltz Trustee. Most of you know me as Kip from Smitty’s Body Shop, a business owned and operated by my family since 1957 on Route 32 North in the village. I was born and raised here and my wife and I have our home in the village where we’ve raised six children. I love where I live, and this is an ideal opportunity to give back to the community that has supported me, my business and my family.
When it comes to political agendas, I have none. I prefer to bring a balanced and open mind to all village issues and make the best choices for our village as a whole.
I would like board meetings and the village government in general to be more transparent so that more people are made aware of what’s in the works in the early stages.
I would like every group in the village (seniors, students, working families, homeowners, business owners) to have the opportunity to be represented adequately and often.
I would like our tax dollars to be spent more effectively so that jobs and services are provided to the village while at the same time people can afford to live here.
I would like the Village of New Paltz to remain the beautiful and unique place that it is so that many generations of villagers following myself can enjoy and appreciate it in the years to come.
Lastly, I would like your help in achieving these goals. Make the right choice for the Village of New Paltz. Vote for me on May 3.
David ‘Kip’ Ruger
I endorse Jason West for mayor
I rarely -- if ever -- make endorsements in local races. I speak now only as a village resident and voter. However, as a village resident, I feel obliged to voice my support for Jason West for mayor of the Village of New Paltz. My endorsement is personal, not political. This is no slight to the other candidates; indeed I consider many of them to be friends and also equally qualified for office. But I think Jason is the right guy for this job.
It’s no big secret Jason and I are friends, with all of the ups and downs that entails. That’s often the case with strong-willed people. What I have never questioned was Jason’s unique blend of vision and competence in municipal government. There is no better candidate who understands the impact of planning and zoning on a community better than Jason West. His ability to work equally with environmental activists and developers makes him an honest broker in getting environmentally sensitive economic development in the village.
Jason’s knowledge of the departments and municipal budgets, his track record in identifying grant sources for village projects, his experience dealing with the infrastructure problems the village faces and his rapport with village employees means he knows how to get the job done. He will be able to hit the ground running on day one. Jason is the best person to tackle hard projects and get them finished. He has the ability to see the big picture and embrace the detailed work to get it done.
A successful entrepreneur once said, “You can always hire execution, you can never hire vision.” Well, in this instance we can hire a bit of both this May 3. I plan on voting for Jason West as mayor of the Village of New Paltz.
Jean Gallucci is the candidate for the job
With all due respect to the other candidates running for mayor, Jean Gallucci, in my opinion, is the only viable candidate for that office.
I am a village resident and homeowner for more than 44 years and an active member of the community. I have seen many mayors and board members come and go. As a matter of fact, my father-in-law, John Vett, was one of those mayors and it gave me a perspective into the job of mayor few people have experienced. I thoroughly understand the current issues concerning consolidation of government, the fire department needs, protecting the downtown businesses, going green and the current rhetoric on the noise law. The list goes on and many of the issues under discussion are certainly not new. They are all important issues and need addressing, but at this juncture, with the economy still precarious, the most important issue is the bottom line of the village budget.
Of all the candidates, Jean has the most experience with the financial operations of the village and as a board member, always kept in mind the cost of any program being presented. Her careful and thoughtful approach to the issues presented to the board during her tenure impressed me time after time. I also respected her even handedness and when she had to cast a vote on a difficult issue, that at times was an unfavorable vote, she did it with dignity and explained the reason behind her decision. She understands what the village residents want and need, but is also keenly aware of what the taxpayers of this village can afford. It is a delicate balance, but she has the experience and the know how to accomplish that difficult task. Jean Gallucci and her fiscal experience is what is needed now.
Ideal village trustee
Rick Bunt is a powerhouse of ideas, hard working and savvy. He would be an ideal village trustee.
We have known Rick since birth as friends of his family that are upstanding and caring long-time residents of New Paltz. He not only follows his good nurturing, but leads with responsibility and common-sense solutions to many of life’s problems.
His concern for better living makes us proud that he wishes to stand up and represent the village community. It is a most unselfish act to devote one’s time in pursuit of improvement for all, but Rick is that kind of person, with intelligence and honesty added!
Please vote for Rick Bunt for village trustee and give him the opportunity to put his good quality expertise to serve the Village of New Paltz.
George & Camille (Cami) Fischer
Why New Paltz needs Jean Gallucci to be our mayor
In today’s unprecedented financial climate, we need a mayor who can make the best use of our resources and keep us in business. We must avoid the fate of other municipalities facing bankruptcy.
Jean is the perfect candidate for these times. She is an effective leader with unquestionable integrity and unmatched fiscal experience and knowledge. She is the prudent, responsible manager to maintain essential services and exploit available grants and other sources to increase revenue.
Jean runs meetings crisply and fairly. No political nonsense. No narrow agendas. No ego.
Jean knows our laws and our financial and tax systems better than any candidate.
Jean is not a one-issue candidate. She is running because she wants to continue to serve our village. She will bring her 13 years of experience in municipal government, her financial acumen, her managerial skills and her willingness to listen and to compromise to develop and maintain good working relationships with the town, our school district and SUNY.
Read Jean’s web pages
We’ve already had our turn with egocentric mayors. We don’t need splash, publicity or glamor. We need a mayor to manage our departments and money effectively and to ensure that our infrastructure, treasury and public safety are protected. We need Jean Gallucci.
As you’ve probably noticed, Jean is not a politician. She is not a self-promoter. Jean is an ideal public servant with the integrity, knowledge and drive to protect and nurture our village today and tomorrow.
Please join me in voting for Jean Gallucci for village mayor. We need her.
I am ready to vote for Jason West on May 3
People often ask me how I became so involved in our local community. I usually brush it off by saying, “I’m not sure, I had children and I guess felt I needed to be more involved.” The truth is, I can pinpoint the moment I took on my first big active role. I was sitting in Village Hall listening to then Mayor West speak on global warming after watching “An Inconvenient Truth.” Jason talked about getting things done at the community level. Afterwards, he asked if I would chair a task force. I resisted at first, thinking that I had no time to take this on with small children at home. However, it is because of my children that I said yes and got involved.
In 2007, an energetic new task force of dedicated volunteers proceeded to tackle a number of projects including the painted recycling bins you see throughout New Paltz. We also worked to promote and distribute over 3,000 reusable tote bags. The bins were an affordable and unique way of taking care of a big and real problem -- the fact that we needed to recycle, morally and legally, when we had no mechanism or funds to do so. We brought reusable totes to community members through business sponsorships as a more effective and efficient way to incentivize the concept of reuse. It worked. Today, in our community is more aware of the importance of reuse and the totes are commonplace.
Chairing the task force that became GreenWorks was the foundation that led to my involvement in other big community projects, even a job at Water Street Market where I focus on providing thought-provoking, educational events that are fun and promote sustainability.
I am grateful to Jason for helping me take the first step towards community engagement by asking me to volunteer, but that is not the only reason why I will be pulling the lever for him. I support his candidacy because I know Jason to be a mayor of the people. While in office, he was always available to discuss concerns. I approached him about a traffic safety issue in my neighborhood where he assessed the situation and immediately put it on the Village Board agenda, resulting in two stop signs at a very precarious intersection, improving traffic and pedestrian safety.
Due to our village’s aging sewer infrastructure, my driveway was of spewing septic waste. It was not just disgusting, but unsanitary. I had been getting nowhere for months with the DEC and Riverkeeper. When I brought my frustration to Jason, he heard me out and quickly garnered the necessary village representatives to trouble shoot a way to fix the problem.
As an active community member, mother and homeowner, I am ready to get enthusiastic again about our village administration -- to feel that we can have a sustainable community and to have a mayor back in office who believes its village has a voice. I am ready to vote for Jason West on May 3! Please join me.
A father’s endorsement
Sometimes I wish I were more like my friend, Marvin who can talk non-stop about his children and grandchildren. I’ve always found it difficult to extol the virtues and accomplishments of my progeny. So please forgive this poor attempt of a father to support his son’s candidacy for the position of village trustee.
My son, Rick is a determined, honest, forthright and thoughtful young man. (He takes after his mother!) When he sets his mind to do something, he does it! He has built some of the best houses in New Paltz and he is self-taught in the building trades.
Now, what does this have to do with the position of village trustee? A lot! This village (and this town) is in need of leadership that is thoughtful, creative and honest. We need transparent governance at all levels and we need “self-starters” to do the job right.
I know, you’re saying, “Well, you’re his father, why wouldn’t you say that?” Here’s why. Because my wife (Rick’s mother) would make my life miserable if I were to distort my son’s accomplishments, abilities and potential. Vote for a rational, affordable and transparent village government. VOTE FOR RICK BUNT!
Jason West will give us the most for our money
In trying economic times we are all being forced to think ahead and make the most of what we may have. Having attended all of the campaign debates for this mayoral election, I am happy to know that I will be casting a vote for the candidate who will give us “the most for our money,” Jason West. Having served as deputy mayor along with Jason, I already know that he has the vision, intelligence and compassion to serve us well. I am confident in his promise to work even harder than he did in his previous term. We will get the most for our money in that he will work full time as a mayor and will be fully accessible to village hall, and not just a signature on the checks.
I can attest to the wonderful things that took place during Mr. West’s tenure as mayor: The creation of GreenWorks and the Village Environmental Conservation Commission, reinstating the Ethics Commission, installing solar panels and reed beds, creating the Affordable Housing Law and Affordable Housing Board, bringing the fire station to OSHA code compliance, initiating the wetlands protection law, designating May 30 as our official Memorial Day, installing a policy to buy American-made village uniforms, televising Village Board meetings, moving meetings to a larger meeting room to allow for more public input, reinstating and granting loans to local businesses through the Revolving Loan Fund, expediting fire and rescue contracts, overseeing sidewalk renovations, completing a village transportation study and parking survey, procuring funding and overseeing the riverbed stabilization project, additional stop signs, safe speed limit and signage on Manheim, Hudson Waterway storm drain signage, mandatory carbon monoxide detectors in village residences, user-friendly website and with access to village documents, initiating much-needed sewer system renovations, and certainly not last nor least, a memorial site dedicated to “our” Floyd Patterson.
Please join me in voting for the candidate who is prepared to give us the most for our money. As Jason says, he loves the day-to-day workings of the village. Let’s put him to work!
An endorsement for Kip Ruger
I would like to endorse the candidacy of David (Kip) Ruger for village trustee. I have known Kip for over 20 years in a variety of areas -- we are members of the same congregation, have done business together and we share an enduring family friendship. Kip Ruger is an honest and generous man. His generosity is not merely financial, although he is always very ready to contribute to nearly any worthy cause. He is generous with his time and efforts as well. He is remarkably neighborly, always willing to help out fellow New Paltzians in a wide number of ways. He has spent countless hours of his own limited personal time to help out our congregation and the larger community in any number of projects. These may be fundraisers, community awareness events, or even difficult manual labor.
I remember that during a period of flooding one year, when our congregation’s building was in danger, Kip showed up without announcement, without being asked and spent the day (and hours of the next couple of days as well) replacing a basement sump pump. This was a sweaty and muddy task that required drilling through concrete. And most of us only knew of this after the work had been done. This is not an isolated example; Kip does this sort of thing all the time. His community mindedness is boundless. I cannot think of any member of the New Paltz community better suited to the task of helping us make our way through these difficult times than Kip Ruger. I urge everybody to vote for him for village trustee.
Jason West has ideas
If you still haven’t decided who to vote for for mayor, I suggest you walk or ride your bike past Village Hall and look up at the roof of the DPW garage. You will see a large, shining array of solar panels. These were installed by the West administration in 2005. When Jason West’s opponents criticized the solar array, I did the research because I care about municipal environmental initiatives, especially those that help us gain local independence from fossil fuels. The solar panels were examined as part of a state audit in March of 2008 and the summary findings of the state comptroller indicate that the “Village of New Paltz’s solar panel electrical system could save the village as much as $30,700, and will reduce their contribution of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions of more than 392,000 pounds over the life of the panels.” You can access that document by visiting http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/swr/08solarpanel/newpaltz.pdf.
Two recommendations were made by the state in this audit. The first, that the “village should continue to explore alternative energy resources and expand the use of those technologies that reduce its energy costs and protect the environment.” And the second that the village should have a written agreement with the town to share the costs and benefits of the solar panels. The last four years have shown us no results. Of all the mayoral candidates, only Jason West has provided convincing evidence of the willingness to produce the results recommended by the state audit.
The other municipal environmental initiative of Jason West’s is the reed beds at the sewage treatment plant -- a little more off the beaten path than the solar panels. Unlike the solar panels, which once installed run on their own, the reed beds function by means of living plants which need tending. The plants digest sludge, which i