Bethlehem's vision is 20/20

"They were very comfortable that the numbers reflected an adequate representation of the town," Cunningham said.

However, at least one resident disagreed and identified himself as a Siena College employee before telling the board that there wasn't a broad enough spectrum used in creating the survey.

"He argued that the polling wasn't large enough to effectively represent the town's view," said Cunningham.

Councilman Kyle Kotary, who as public relations specialist has experience with polling himself, said the survey would serve the final report well.

"It wasn't done as a public opinion poll, it was done as a community survey," said Kotary. "It's a snapshot of time."

He said the work being done is important.

"It was great to hear the presentation from a large contingent of the 20/20 committee. I appreciate all of their hard work," Kotary said. "In a nutshell, the community responses indicate that the town is heading in the right direction as a result of its leadership."

Continuing, Kotary said the supervisor is a big part of Bethlehem's positive outlook.

"I have to give Jack [Cunningham] credit on this one," he said. "This was his idea to put together a bi-partisan committee like this."

Bethlehem planning board Chairman George Levielle said the committee was initiated by Cunningham and the Town Board to get residents more involved in the town and help gauge financial decisions.

"The committee was created to bring in some ideas on how does the town face financial challenges in the future," Levielle said. "The survey was to get broader insight into the residents' views and try to help the town think about more broad issues as it thinks about its fiscal health."

Cunningham said the survey results would be interpreted by the 20/20 Committee and included in their final report due for June. He thanked the committee and said the work will be an important tool to help lay out Bethlehem's future.


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