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LETTER: Single Party Rule in the Town of New Scotland

Editor, The Spotlight:

The Town of New Scotland Republican committee has determined that this year, the Republican Party would not run a town candidate. Although much consideration was taken and candidates wanted to run, the Republican Party felt as a whole that we would better serve the community if for the next two years we promote ideas to improve our town and present real solutions to problems the Town of New Scotland is facing today and will be facing in the near future.

The latest article in The Spotlight dated June 19 titled “New Scotland Dems back incumbents” it becomes clear that our town leadership is satisfied with past accomplishments, presents no plans for the future and is willing to exaggerate or provide false information when promoting their minor achievements. This article is a clear example of the effects of the shortcomings of a single party government. With a single party rule the only focus is on the next election and not the growth of the town.

While the issue of the “Big Box” development was defeated there have been no clear plans for future development to help generate revenue. The Town Board remains satisfied that they defeated the big box development over four years ago, while at the same time Slingerlands is receiving increased tax revenues and employment with the Vista Development. It would seem that Slingerlands has leadership which thinks outside the box and has allowed proper growth which can be seen with the recent opening of the ShopRite. For those who drive to ShopRite, keep in mind that with proper planning this store, with its taxes and employment could have been located at the intersection of 85 and 85A. As our school taxes continue to increase the only option the Town Board will have is to look at higher taxes on each homeowner or reduce services to all including our seniors.

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