Three candidates vying for two Greenville board seats
Raymond Pignone has rundown for Columbia-Greene Media of the three candidates running for two open seats on the Greenville Town Board: Richard Bear and Travis J. Richards running on the Republican and Conservatives lines, and Michelle Clark, on the Democratic and Working Families lines. Richards failed to submit responses to the paper's questions in time for the final deadline. Incumbent Bear, 68, is a lifelong resident of Greene County. He is retired from full-time employment, but currently works as a school bus driver. He previously served as Greenville's assessor and its highway superintendent. Bear says, "Our sewer and water system has always been a top issue. We have been working on that a lot. Our highway and roads are very much a top issue. Our community has grown very quickly in the last couple of years." He is proud to be a community member — being a town board member, but also someone who volunteers for events, such as Greenville Day. "I am proud of working to get our community moving forward by doing the sidewalk program and also our sewer and water. I am very proud of getting those things moving forward," Bear said. Clark, 29, is a resident of Freehold and has lived in the county for eight years. She is employed as an auto parts specialist. Clarks says, "There are several areas of concern here in Greenville so to focus on one is difficult. I would say, our emergency services including the Greenville Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Greenville Rescue Squad are facing difficulties regarding their current buildings. There is inadequate space and, in some situations, can present hazards to personnel and exposing equipment to the elements unnecessarily. ..." Clark said if elected she would like to have inclusive playground equipment installed at the town park, bring in social programs to enhance quality of life for both young and old, and take extensive measures to bring in more businesses and medical providers, and to advocate for better wages for town employees. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.