I am running for Dutchess County Legislator because I believe in honest, responsible government that is transparent and accountable. Our County Legislature is the policy-making and appropriating body of County Government. It has the power to levy taxes, adopt the County budget, make appropriations, and adopt local laws subject to approval by the County Executive. This is a responsibility I take very seriously.
It’s not fair to the working tax-payers that the budget for County Executive’s office has tripled in size to over $1.446 billion. That’s just to pay the Executive and his staff! I will be a legislator that takes a proactive approach to governing by examining the County budget and not just rubber stamping it. I will take issue and hold my colleagues accountable for cost overruns on projects like the County Stabilization Center which is $2.3 Million over budget. This is unacceptable!
I hope that we can all do our part to create the government that best represents our interest. Our chance to do that is on election day November 5th. This year for the first time ever, we can vote early on October 26 - November 3. This includes two weekends! Can I count on your vote?