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Leading the Way
In these trying times, Orangetown is in need of a leader. Someone with a moral compass, who has consistently stepped up to choose the hard right over the easy wrong. Someone who has sacrificed of himself for others. Someone who can apply varied private sector experience towards the betterment of all of us. Someone who has managed and developed multimillion dollar public sector budgets. Chris is the person who has the experience and skills to unify our diverse community.
Our community must draw the line against overdevelopment. We must secure our top-notch public education system. And we must ensure that we retain the diversity that makes us great, from the Ramapo border to the west of Pearl River to the tip of our Piermont Pier and up to the edge of Clarkstown. Chris has been fighting for years as a private citizen to preserve our community and way of life, even giving substantial input into our recent parks usage law and landlord registry, and personally lobbying Albany leadership for strong oversight in the collapsing neighboring school district of East Ramapo. As our supervisor he will have the ability to directly leverage the power of our government to implement policies and hire personnel that will ensure our children and their children can continue to live and thrive in our town.
Supporting our Law Enforcement, Protecting our Youth
The fact is that our law enforcement are under siege right when we need them most – as our youth are facing an opioid epidemic the likes of which we have never seen before. There is no excuse for not giving our law enforcement the tools they need to keep us and our kids safe, and when they are under attack our political leaders need to stand with them, not join the chorus. Chris comes from a police family and will work hand in hand with department leadership, leveraging both his knowledge of counter-opioid and community-based patrol procedures from his time in Afghanistan and the innate strengths of the police officers in our department, most of whom live here too, to ensure our streets are kept safe and clean of the scourge of drugs.
Growing our Economy
Orangetown is facing an unfortunate combination – we have far too many unused or underused commercial properties, and many industries that we do have do not match up with the needs or character of our community. Chris will focus on marketing each hamlet and village in Orangetown towards industries that fit its strengths and unique qualities. No longer will we sit back and wait, hoping that this or that large company will move in to help strengthen our jobs and tax base. Chris will go out and find those companies and industries that are a perfect fit and show them what we have to offer here in Orangetown.
Turning the Tide on Taxes
Orangetown has been fortunate in that we have recently experienced much smaller tax increases than many other areas thanks in large part to the fiscal conservatism of our Republican councilmen. But it’s high time we stop celebrating small tax increases and start demanding real tax reductions, and that must start with the supervisor, who develops the budget and operates the town. By introducing private sector efficiencies and military discipline to government, Chris will deliver actual tax savings – and that will mean higher property values and more money in your bank account.
Improving Services – Getting More for Less
Even in our financially stressed county, nearby towns get many services from their town level of government that Orangetown does not provide to the best of its ability. From strengthening our taxpayer-facing departments like the building department to increasing community activity options for adults and kids alike, Chris will think outside the box and explore all options in the public and private sectors to deliver better results to our residents while simultaneously delivering tax savings.
Building our Community & Infrastructure
We must grow into a place that reflects where we’ve been while striving to end up where we know we must be. Many houses that are listed for sale in our town often end up either sitting on the market for far too long, or being sold at values that are far below what they should be given their historical values and our close proximity to such a major metropolis. Chris understands that property stagnation leads to both higher taxes and fire-sales of homes to cash buyers with no interest in joining our community. He will lobby for and implement strong reforms to increase our mass-transit options and community infrastructure, and will market our residential listings to comparably more expensive nearby areas to attract new buyers. By doing this, our community will remain vibrant and rejuvenate with each passing generation.