Three candidates for two seats on New Baltimore town council
Raymond Pignone from Columbia-Greene Media rounds up information about the candidates running for seats on the New Baltimore town board. Thomasina Winslow, Shelly VanEtten, and Kelly C. Downes are competing for two seats on the board. Winslow is a New Baltimore-based musician and music educator running on the Democratic and Working Families lines on the ballot, and attended University at Albany. Winslow was a board member of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc. and the Tribes Hill Heritage Center. Winslow said, "transparency is a concern in that there really is not much communication.... What I am looking forward to accomplishing is having a positive, collaborative town board that works together to keep out community safe and forward thinking." VanEtten lives in New Baltimore and co-owns an excavating company and is running on the Republican and Conservative lines, and has been on the board since 2013. I think we need to address the infrastructure for Water District 2. We have received a grant to do so and are currently working on the project. We are also working to redo the parks," VanEtten said. I am most proud of the work that we have done in the parks. It was a lot of work to get the grant money but it is a major upgrade to our community and I see people enjoying it all the time. I am also very proud of my Veterans Committee. We have had several picnics and luncheons for the veterans and always get a great turnout." Downes, from Climax, is a retired state internal auditor and is running on the Republican and Conservative ballot lines, and has been on the board since 2018. "I feel taxes are an issue for our landowners; unfortunately, as a town board member we cannot control taxes imposed by the state or the school districts. If I am reelected, I will continue to work on reducing town taxes as we have done for the last eight years," Downes said. "With being an auditor, your mindset is always how to make the process better and more efficient and ensuring the safeguarding of town assets and monies. Along with these skill sets comes the talent of working on decreasing the risk that the town may have which includes the development of policies and procedures that allow for complete transparency." Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.