Three compete for two seats on New Lebanon town board
Melanie Lekocevic reports for Columbia-Greene Media that three candidates are competing for two seats on the New Lebanon town board in voting this fall. Marianna Anthonisen, Britt Buckenroth, and Kevin Smith Sr. all want a seat on the board. Smith has owned Smithy’s Pub since 1997, and is running on the Voice of the People ballot line. He previously served on the board member from 2015 to 2019. He listed "Working with the Historical Society to bring clean water that you can fill your jugs wih next to the lndian Head Fountain at the Town Hall," as one of his accomplishments, as well as work on the town park. "I will be a good board member due to my communication skill set and transparency as well as willing to work with anyone to better our town. As having served our town, the knowledge I bring being a former board member and bringing honesty, transparency and integrity to our town’s people," Smith says. Buckenroth is a high school library media specialist running on the Democrat, Working Family, and Vote Mama lines. Buckenroth says a top local issue is, "a lack of access to fresh, affordable food. We have a wonderful small market that has just opened and if elected, I would like to see the market expand and be able to offer a wider variety of food for our community." Buckenroth also said, "I want to ensure that our town has the resources for families to be successful, such as outdoor spaces for play and programming, access to a number of resources such as high speed internet, groceries, and jobs." Anthonisen is an educator running on the Democratic, Vote Mama, and Working Families Party lines. Anthonisen also listed food as an important issue, saying, "I would like to give incentive to business that can expand on affordable access to healthy foods and staples. I would like to support community programs, for all ages, in the park and work to get a town community center. I will continue to support the Climate Smart Committee’s goals to be climate prepared as we plan for the impacts of weather and viruses." Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.