Kotary good for future of Bethlehem

Letter to the editor

— Editor, The Spotlight:

I write to join the many others who are writing to support Kyle Kotary for Bethlehem Town Supervisor.

Two and half years ago, New York State asked local governments to become members of the “Climate Smart Communities” program. By adopting a resolution or local law, such forward thinking communities would receive state assistance to address the impacts that carbon pollution will have on their communities and would be the first in line for funding for clean energy programs.

As a representative to the Governor I brought the concept to the town leaders and Kyle immediately grasped the importance of having the Town of on Bethlehem as a member of this group. On Earth Day 2009, Bethlehem along with 30 other communities was recognized as pioneers and charter members of this group. It was Kyle’s resolution that passed the board and ensured that Bethlehem would obtain financial support from the State to reduce energy consumption, lowering the town’s bills and making us a leader in pollution reduction.

Soon we will see a clean solar energy system installed on the roof of the park and recreation building that is funded in part by state grants. The town got preferrential scoring for its grant application. When it goes up, know that it is due to the vision and leadership of Kyle, then Supervisor Jack Cunningham and board members Joanne Dawson and Mark Hennessey who all supported the resolution.

Kyle has demonstrated to me the vision and leadership necessary to make a great Supervisor. Join me in voting for him.

Peter M. Iwanowicz


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