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Letter: Clarkson has the experience to be supervisor

Editor, The Spotlight:

We write in support of John Clarkson for Bethlehem Town Supervisor.

There is no doubt that we live in a great community. But our town government is facing severe challenges – in continuing to spend down surplus in the face of steeply declining revenues against steadily rising expenses. Combined with the state’s new tax cap and other factors, the town now needs to make important decisions. These will not be easy choices and they require an individual with both a strong fiscal background and knowledge as well as decisive leadership. Continuing to kick the can down the road is no longer a realistic option.

John is exceptionally well qualified to be our next Supervisor. He served as the executive director of the Lundine Commission, which examined ways to achieve local government efficiency and effectiveness. He also worked in the Office of the State Comptroller where he was Assistant Comptroller for Local Government, as well as posts at the Division of the Budget, and the NYS School Boards Association. He is currently a consultant and Special Advisor for Government Efficiency at the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress.

He served (with Susan) as a member of Bethlehem’s 2020 Citizen’s Advisory Committee, where he demonstrated his thorough understanding of the needs of local government in his work on our town government’s structure and financial management operations.

For 30 years we have raised our family in Bethlehem and have seen enough politicians come and go to know the difference when a real leader emerges. That leader is John Clarkson. Please give him your vote.

Susan and Tom Hager

Glenmont

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