Clarifying the debate record
To The Editor:
The Middletown Supervisorial debate was an unqualified success. The public will demand it to be repeated each time there is a contested race. Regardless of which candidate gets the most votes, the community is the winner. Congratulations and thanks.
However, I must take exception with elements of the report; which appeared in the News. There were too many generalizations, and some of them were incorrect. I did not say I support the Belleayre Project. I said I was angry at both sides because it has divided the community for 11 years and nothing has been done. I said building it would not “Save the Mountain,” nor does “Our Economic Survival Depend On It.” It would not be an environmental disaster, nor would it be a “magic bullet.” It is a divisive issue, and I want it either built or abandoned, but we need to move on.
As for water as an asset, while not specifically mentioning the reservoir, I did say the rivers and streams, which caused so much damage, could be used to our advantage. Boating, streamside dining, etc, could turn places like the current Freshtown parcel into an attraction, much like what Phoenicia has done with tubing.
And finally, all four of us candidates would love to help Margaretville and its Binnekill woes, and the great treasure that is Fleischmanns’ ballpark and tennis court, but they are within villages. There is nothing the town can do.
Independent candidate for supervisor