Four candidates will be facing off this November for two open seats on the Glenville Town Board with Democratic incumbent Ed Rosenberg sharing the field with three newcomers Sid Ramotar and Alan Boulant on the GOP ticket, and fellow Democrat Cathryn Bern-Smith.
Board member Valerie DiGiandomenico, who is finishing up her first term and is not affiliated with any party, will not be seeking re-election. Town Board seats come with four-year terms.
All of the candidates agree that town taxes are a priority this election year, but their ideas differ on how to maintain a steady revenue flow while providing needed services to residents.
Bern-Smith said that as she has gone door-to-door to speak with voters, the No. 1 issue they are talking about is taxes.
My platform is to control taxes. The Democratic administration in Glenville has a proven track record," said Bern-Smith.
She said that the average tax increase in 2007 and 2008 was 1.9 percent under the Democratic leadership.
She said she is still undecided about another hot topic in the town: the proposed use of FEMA funds to purchase a truck for the Highway Department.
"It is not an issue that I will probably have a vote in deciding since I hope the issue is resolved before I hopefully take office," said Bern-Smith. "While I haven't made up my mind totally, I am leaning towards waiting to see what the budget looks like before the money is spent."
She said she sympathizes with the highway superintendent who has been saying the town is in dire need of the new truck and said she hopes to see the FEMA money used as closely as possible in the area for which it was given in the first place.
"We got it as a result of the ice storm. Hence the purchase of a truck for the Highway Department seems perfectly reasonable to me " if the town is in the financial position to do so," said Bern-Smith.