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Kotary a good steward of Bethlehem

Letter to the editor

Editor, The Spotlight

My name is Kyle Kotary and I am running to be your choice for Town Supervisor, because I love our community, I believe in public service, and I will continue to devote my time and energy to preserving our quality of life in Bethlehem.

I’m also running for Supervisor because of a deep-rooted tradition of public service learned from my late grandfather and one of my mentor’s, the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

They both taught me to speak my mind, stand up for what’s right, back up my ideas with facts, follow the rules and always work hard.

Most mornings, I start my day drinking a cup of coffee at my desk which has on it a framed photo of the Oath of the Athenian City-State which reads, “We will transmit this City not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

As a member of the Bethlehem Town Board, I have fought to make our community a better place to live, work, and raise a family. As a consensus builder and team player, I have worked with my colleagues to keep the town’s finances in order and run our town effectively.

Our accomplishments include: implementing the town’s first comprehensive plan, becoming one of New York’s first Climate Smart Communities, being recognized as one of America’s best places to live, getting the Rail Trail open, saving Colonial Acres golf course, and improving our town parks.

I believe we can run a government that is innovative, progressive and fiscally responsible. That’s why the budgets I draft as Supervisor will always comply with Governor Cuomo’s tax cap.

I am committed to making Bethlehem a leader in environmental and green initiatives.

We should re-examine our budget process and review the Town’s Comprehensive Plan to ensure it still reflects our values and vision.

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