Milton supervisor candidates meet in debate

Olenik and Stevens said that they are against time limits for comments at town meetings. All three said that the town's Web site is in dire need of an upgrade to make more information available to residents.

Stevens said her primary motivation in running for supervisor is to bring about ethical reform in town government.

"My biggest issue with town government is nepotism and favoritism in the hiring of town employees," said Stevens, who volunteers as a deputy clerk's assistant at the Ballston Spa Village Offices, has worked in Ballston schools and is a regular presence at Town Board meetings.

Stevens cited inaction towards a petition presented to the town in April by the group calling itself Responsible Government for Milton that called for revision to the town's ethics code that would prevent town employees from sitting on political committees and bar employees from the town's ethics board. She said she would call for an independent review of the ethics code.

All three candidates also criticized the town's budgeting practices in years past, saying that no steps have been taken to save money for necessary improvements to town infrastructure.

Frolish said he would institute weekly meetings of department heads to build communication at Town Hall, which would lead to efficiency improvements.

"We have not had any planning for our town's future in the last six years," he said.

Olenik highlighted the need to "look outside the box" and pursue grant opportunities to meet the town's goals.

Stevens said that town government needs to be audited to help bring an end to "dream budgets" and a start to responsible spending.

With the imminent arrival of a $4.2 billion microchip manufacturing facility in Malta, it was clear from questions raised on Wednesday that Milton residents are concerned about how the area's growth will affect their town.

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