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Bethlehem Town Board candidates take questions in debate

"Over the past four years we've managed our town's services with fiscal responsibility and we've navigated our town through some incredibly tough waters," he said. "Together, working as a team, we will continue to accomplish even more."

Other candidates criticized the way town government has been operating. Di Maggio said that he thinks the Town Board has been shirking the fiscal responsibilities suggested by the town's 2020 study.

"We need balance on this board, we need different voiceswhether they're in the same party or not, we know they're singing off the same song sheet."

Statements by the two town clerk candidates, Democrat Nanci Moquin and Republican Melanie Calzone, preceded the debate by Town Board candidates.

Calzone spoke of her experience as a small businesswoman, doing office work and time as a substitute teacher. She said her "eclectic" set of skills and experience with budgets would make her an ideal candidate.

"I would look to areas that need improvement to increase the efficiency with which the town clerk's office operates," she said.

Moquin touted her position as records manager for the Planning and Zoning boards and her service on town committees.

"If elected, I will evaluate the town's record management system and see where I can apply my record management experience to increase efficiency and accessibility," she said.

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