Political Affiliation: Democrat
31 year teacher at Scotia High School; Married to Crystal Kastberg, daughter Kiersten, 14; Scotia Mayor, 2006 Present; Secretary, Scotia Relief, 2005 Present; Village Trustee, 2002 " 2006; Zoning Board of Appeals, 2000 " 2002.
Why do you want to be the Mayor of Scotia?
I originally became Mayor to help out in the community that I am dedicated to. I want to continue as Mayor in order to improve the unique qualities we have and to put us in a financial position to continue and prosper as a Village.
How do you plan to stimulate economic development in Scotia?
Opportunities for economic development exist in our unused properties like the McDonalds site, the Kem Cleaners site, the old antique store on Mohawk Ave., and the Attanasios site. We need to use our planning board and County resources to rehabilitate these sites and open them up for development.
Are there any ways the village could work with the Town of Glenville to achieve new cost savings?
Scotia collaborates with Glenville on police and fire dispatching, dog control, equipment sharing and property assessment. Over the past four years we have looked at consolidation of police, water, and DPW. Each of these was found to cost a Village resident more to consolidate. We need to continue this search.
My goal as Mayor will be to continue the services that define village life in a manner that we can afford. Scotia residents expect their police, fire, and DPW to be there when they need them. We expect to have our garbage picked up and appliances taken away. We look forward to the concerts, parades, and beautiful parks that define Village life. We all want these things but we need to be able to afford them. Over the past four years as Mayor my goal has been to control costs and to improve the Village. Our biggest projects have been street paving and shoreline protection. We have adopted teen curfew, graffiti, and disruptive conduct laws. We have saved money by securing grants, collaborating with Glenville, and working closely with the County. The future of our village rests on our ability officials to stabilize taxes while maintaining our way of life.