Halfmoon candidates face off in forum

— Infrastructure was a hot topic, with audience members wondering how the town planned to handle it if developers refused to supply it.

Wormuth said if developers weren’t planning to include necessary infrastructure to support their new development, the project would not be approved.

“If you have a project and there’s not currently water to that project or sewer and you’re not willing to bring it, then short of them trying to go and get an IDA grant for that or a SEDC grant, there’s no way the town would let that happen because the town doesn’t take on responsibility for those thing,” said Wormuth.

Stephenson said one of the biggest pieces of her campaign has been infrastructure needs in town.

“In the 19 districts I’ve walked, I can tell you sewer issues, drainage issues,” said Stephenson. “Road congestion. Sitterly road at 12 on a Saturday, 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Guideboard Road, the infrastructure cannot handle the kind of development this town is going through and we need to have those discussions up front.”

Town debt in Halfmoon (currently $40.1 million) is growing and candidates were challenged to detail how they planned to loosen it without losing services or necessary development.

Stephenson once again paraded her proposed emergency spending plan.

“Look at each budget line, we have to identify the waste; where can you cut, not a trim, a cut,” said Stephenson. “Taking money from other funds to pay down this debt instead of doing that by stabilizing the budget line by line.”

Wormuth defended the town’s second town hall.

“The first town hall was purchased through fund balance and was not mortgaged, as well as grants, and we quickly saw we outgrew that town hall, so it’s not a town hall it’s a public safety building,” said Wormuth.

The town’s response to natural disasters like Tropical Storm Irene came up, with audience members asking candidates to critique the existing procedures and suggest any improvements.

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