To the Editor:
I am running for Middletown Supervisor because I believe I can lend my experience to help our Town grow. Our local economy once built upon a sturdy foundation of agriculture is now quite fragile. We are losing population, losing available land, building permits are down, and we are lacking a Town and County-wide vision to reverse these negative trends.
As a local business owner, I have been right where the rubber meets the road for many years now. As a director for the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce for the past three years I have worked closely with other businesses and community organizations to help address our common problems. Many of the solutions we need right now are rooted in actions that our Town Government could start taking immediately. As Deputy Mayor and then Mayor of Fleischmanns for six years I gained the municipal experience necessary to step into the role of Town Supervisor and be effective from day one.
Over the past year I have put together a platform based on input from many local business owners and residents, and if elected I will work together with the Town Board to achieve the following:
1. Stop NYC DEP from acquiring any more property in Middletown.
2. Establish more effective two-way communication so that both the public and the Middletown government are better informed.
3. Update the Town Comprehensive Plan and Zoning regulations so that both are in line with addressing the current needs of residents, particularly the severe shortage of affordable housing.
4. Start a longer-term process to facilitate future responsible development of the available land within Middletown and collaborate with NYC DEP and other stakeholders to create a land bank of “Ready to Develop” properties that are well situated for building.
5. Work closely with organizations such as the MARK Project, Catskill Watershed Corporation, Delaware County IDA and others to increase access to resources that local businesses need in order to expand.
6. Advocate at the County level for much more support of the tourism industry in Middletown and in general and do so by working in concert with the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.
7. Work closely with and support both the Village of Fleischmanns and the Village of Margaretville on issues of emergency preparedness, flood mitigation, economic growth, and see to it that both Villages are actively represented at the County level.
8. Support the expansion of access to modern communication technology throughout the Town.
9. Facilitate a permanent solution to the parking issue in Halcottsville.
10. Listen humbly to the residents and taxpayers of Middletown for guidance on these and any other problems we need to focus on solving together.
Please follow our campaign on Facebook @electpascarella for an ongoing discussion of these issues and more and most importantly do not forget to Vote for Todd Pascarella on Tuesday November 5, or before if you choose to exercise your new right to vote early.