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Bethlehem supervisor candidates meet in debate

"Out infrastructure problems are the result of many years of deferral," he said. "We've reached the point where we can't do that anymore."

Messina argued that he had approached Cunningham in the past about laying out planning for infrastructure improvements and capital expenditures, but was shut down because he did not support certain appointments to town bodies.

"Automatically, Jack took that away from meend result, it's cost the town huge money," he said.

Messina later attacked Cunningham's administration as being opaque, and said he would support strengthening the ethics code to prevent chairmen of political parties from being involved in town business. He also called for Web broadcast of meetings, expanded agenda listings and holding meetings around town.

Cunningham defended what he said is a paragon of government transparency in the town's Web site. He also noted that town meetings have been held throughout town in the past, but Town Board meetings are held at Town Hall simply because that's the seat of governance in Bethlehem.

"I don't hear a lot of issues about non-transparency in government," he said.

On the topic of bringing new development to town, Cunningham said that the downturn in the economy has played a role in delaying development at the Vista Technology Park, but pointed to groundwork put in place there and at the Selkirk Yard Industrial Zone.

"We're talking to developers on a regular basis, there's a lot of interest there," he said.

Messina acknowledged that planning has been taking place, but said it isn't enough.

"We've got a lot of things spinning, but nothing is happeningnot enough is being done," he said, recommending that projects be prioritized and focused on.

Polls are open Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Messina"a registered Independent"will be on the Republican and Conservative lines, and Cunningham will be on the Democrat, Independence and Working Families Party lines.

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