Meet the Candidates!

This past Sunday, a great many Andes voters turned out to hear and question the candidates running for Town Supervisor, Town Council and Highway Superintendent.  It was an extremely informative event and we thank the candidates and voters for attending.  For those who were not able to attend, we are posting the opening comments of the candidates who have provided them to us.

So keep reading….

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Meet the Candidate – Jason Mondore – Candidate for Highway Superintendent

My name is Jason Mondore, I am running for Andes Highway Superintendent. I was born and raised in Bovina and moved to Andes 10 years ago. At that time I started working at Darview Farm with the Darling Family, which many of you may know. I have been happily married to Amber Darling-Mondore for 8 years and we have 2 beautiful girls, that attend Andes Central School.

Over the last few years I have become very involved in the community. Since 2013, I have held the Lieutenant position on the Fire Department, where I am a trained interior fire fighter. I was also on the board of Fire Commissioners for 1 term. I have been serving as the Andes Dog Control Officer for several years. My most recent endevour has been being voted onto the Andes Central School School Board, this year.

I am asking for your vote for the Highway Superintendent. I am committed to this community and I look forward to serving you, the tax payers of Andes, if elected. I will keep the roads in the best condition the weather will allow. I take pride in keeping our children and families safe, any time of year. Thank you

Jason is one of two candidates running for Highway Superintendent

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Meet the Candidate — Meet John Bouton – Highway Superintendent Candidate

John is one of two candidates running for Highway Superintendent

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Meet the Candidate – Dale Cole – Town Council Candidate

Hi, my name is Dale Cole. I was brought up on a dairy farm where I now live. My great grandfather William Wight purchased it in 1900. His oldest of 7 children was 13 when his wife died! After his children became older he became a public servant in Andes. He served on the school board and as a director on the creamery co-op. His claim to fame came around 1927 when as president he cast the deciding vote to break a 2-2 tie in favor of centralizing the school district, to the dismay of Shavertown and Union Grove residents. He was pelted with tomatoes and eggs as he exited the meeting, but always believed he made the right decision!

After that his daughter, my grandmother Vera Bloodgood, escorted him to meetings and she attended board meetings for the rest of her life, often only being the only non-board member in attendance. Her claim to fame was going to Washington D.C. after her husband died of pancreatic cancer. She spoke to congress asking for more cancer research. My father Richard also served on the school board from 1961-71. His claim to fame there was as a real estate agent he negotiated land for school bus garage, and also land where the pool is. But State would not allow school to have an outdoor pool, so land was transferred to the town.

I have enjoyed enjoyed being on the town board. The first 2 years under Marty Donnelly, and now under Bud Gladstone, both men are very effective supervisors. I give Bud an A+ for being a first term Supervisor. He is very effective and has a great understanding of what needs to be done, along with being a great people person.

In some ways I feel like after 4 years on the board you are just getting off probation, there is a lot to know and a lot to learn, I would love to have one more term, after thirty years of being a rural carrier in Andes, and almost as many years coaching the youth of Andes, I feel I have a great understanding of the pulse and heartbeat of the people here.

Dale is one of the four candidates running for the two Town Council seats.

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Meet the Candidate — Meet Bill Duke – Town Council Candidate

I bought my first home in Delaware County on Dry Brook Road in Arkville back in 2011. When I first drove up on 28 I fell in love with the area and knew it offered a chance to get repotted from Brooklyn to live a more interesting and creative life centered in community and nature.

I renovated the house and then I met Madonna Badger and that really changed my whole life for the better.  Those of you who know Madonna know she’s an extraordinary engaging woman who approaches everything and everyone with no fear and a lot of fun. We both married and moved to Andes in March of 2013 which means I’m coming up on 5 years here in March, making me somewhat of a newcomer.

I love Andes and find its dramatic landscape is beautiful in every season of the year.  Madonna and I are  lucky in that we have an incredible view on Hyzer Hill overlooking Gladstone Hollow.  Today sheep are visiting our pasture from Jackie & Joe Evan’s farm and I have to say the view, even with the leaves almost bare, is like a story book.  Driving around these hills I feel the area is a deeply spiritual place.  The Lanape Indians said it was so spiritual because the rivers flow in all directions.  The Andes landscape is unique in that it’s spectacular while being intimate at the same time.

I’ve found my life here rich and rewarding,  I teach yoga and organize a weekly drawing class and paint landscapes. I also write poetry and regularly play music at on Thursdays at Wayside Cider.  I’ve also been creative in business by developing the Willow Drey Farm wedding and event venue, which I’m pleased to say was cash flow positive this year. The venue has hosted several fundraisers for the Andes Food Bank and one for the Bright Hill Literary Press of the Catskills.  We also hosted the Andes Central School prom.

In creating Willow Drey Farm I found that The Town Hall, Artie Short, the code enforcement officer, and the planning board was supportive and easy to deal with.  This helped me make my next business decision.  Because we needed housing to support the wedding business, and I was seeing more interest in the area from younger vacationers and explorers, I bought two more properties in the village and developed them into four Airbnb apartments.   They’re off to a great start and last week I launched the Streamside Yoga studio at 506 Main Street which will help bring retreats and overnight workshops to the village mid-week and into the off season.  I’ve invested significant of my net worth in Andes.  Madonna says I’m  “all in for Andes”

I love the town and the village.  Going door-to door I’ve has a chance to see incredible property and views and also meet so many wonderful and interesting people.

So why am I running?  Preserving our mountain landscape and the streetscape in the village with its iconic American-build clapboard architecture is very important to me because this is what were selling when we bring visitors and residents to the town.   I’d like to keep our taxes down by helping to expand the tax base though residential and economic development.

It’s an exciting time for Andes with high-speed internet coming to support young entrepreneurs working from home and cell service on the horizon to support transportation like Lyft and Uber for retired people moving here. I love Andes the way it is, but I’m also feeling a lot of positive change.   If elected I’ll work hard for you to help grow the town, and our tax base in order to keep our taxes down.

Learn more at DukeForAndes.com

Bill is one of the four candidates running for the two Town Council seats.

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Meet the Candidate – Ritchie Gabriel – Town Council Candidate

Ritchie Gabriel is one of the four candidates running for the two Town Council seats.

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Meet the Candidate — Meet Bud Gladstone

It has been an honor to serve as your Town Supervisor for the past 2 years. Working with the Board, we have maintained tight budget control and anticipate that the budget will stay within the tax cap of approximately 1.7%.

We have developed a competitive wage and benefit package for our employees and are working on a comparable insurance plan that will potentially save the taxpayers $60,000-70,000 per year, without sacrificing benefits.

Under the outstanding leadership of Highway Superintendent, Mike McAdams, we now have more that 50% of our roads blacktopped or oil and stoned, a 25% increase over the past 2 years, staying within budget to accomplish this. We continue to upgrade our highway department equipment and have purchased a new loader scheduled for December delivery. We have been able to use existing funds of $50,000 toward the $115,000 purchase price.

The Andes Business Group/Committee (now the Andes Chamber of Commerce) has played a crucial role in the economic development of our community over the past 2 years. Thanks to the expertise of Peter Ames, we now have a beautiful and inviting Town website. Many people visit our Town each week to hike, shop, eat, stay, look at property and participate in Community events and activities. A good sign of a strong economy.

Looking to the future we are working with the MARK Project hoping to secure a $300,000 Main Street Revitalization Grant and working with Cornell Cooperative Extension to secure funding for energy efficiency for our Town Buildings. With the help of several Community members on the Flood Commission Committee, Frank Winkler Planning Board Chair, Delaware County Soil & Water, DEP, Delaware County Planning Department and our Engineering firm, we are looking at options to lessen the risk of flooding within the hamlet at no cost to the Community. After expressing my concern to the NYS DOT regarding the safety concern of children crossing Route 28 at the Andes Central School, I have received a confirmation letter that improved signage, marking and warning lighting will be installed by the DOT in 2018.

The County EMS Tower is planned for installation in 2018 on Mt. Pisgah. Once installed, the tower will have the capability to have cell service added to the tower. A much slower process than we had hoped but still moving forward.

I would like to thank retiring Judge Joseph Grieco (43 years), Highway Superintendent Mike McAdams (44 years) and Councilman Tom Joyce (4 years) for their hard work and dedicated service to our Community.

They will be missed.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone who has come to the Board over the past 2 years to express your ideas, thoughts and concerns.

Please continue to do so. It has helped guide the board in making many important decisions that affect our Community.

I appreciate your continued support on Election day, November 7th.

Sincerely, Wayland “Bud” Gladstone

Bud is running unopposed for Town Supervisor

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Quick phone call needed to Governor Cuomo

Please consider making a quick phone call to Governor Cuomo today or tomorrow (December 10th or 11th) to say: 

Governor Cuomo: “Keystone the Constitution.”  Deny the 401 Water Quality Certificate. Call Cuomo’s office at 877-235-6537

What is This All About? The proposed Constitution pipeline is Cuomo’s “Keystone”

  • Just like Obama had to decide about a dirty energy pipeline, so does Cuomo.
  • This pipeline would carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania through five Delaware County towns to the North and West of Andes.
  • 84 times more damaging than carbon, fracked methane gas is not the answer for NY’s energy future.
  • Over 99% of the gas in this pipeline is destined for export; in this case to Canada. Despite this, private property is being seized by eminent domain here in Delaware County.
  • Governor Cuomo can stop this pipeline by refusing to grant a required 401 water quality certificate.

Why Should I Care About the Constitution Pipeline? The proposed Constitution is the “keystone” to the future of NYS

  • If NYS approves this pipeline, there will be no stopping the frack gas infrastructure projects that follow, as the standards set here will apply to future pipeline projects.
  • If NYS rejects this pipeline, it will set a positive precedent for all other pipeline battles, in NYS and beyond.
  • Stopping pipelines slows the pace of fracking in Pennsylvania.

How Would This Pipeline Impact Our Area? The proposed pipeline project would violate NY water quality standards

  • The pipeline would trench through 289 bodies of water, many of them protected trout streams.
  • About 700,000 trees would have to be cut, many of them on steep slopes near streams.
  • Our area is prone to extreme weather events and was devastated by three major storms in the past ten years. The pipeline would create new pathways for raging waters and debris into the valleys where towns are located.

What Should I Say When I Phone?

  • Keystone the Constitution.
  • The Governor should use his authority to deny the 401 water quality certificate.
  • Cutting down 700,000 trees on 35 miles of steep slopes will lead to disaster.
  • No eminent domain for private profit.

Please call Governor Cuomo’s office at 877-235-6537

 

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This is cool — a musical commentary on fracking in words, dance and music

Provincetown Playhouse, NYC

December 14th, 2015 8:00PM  Freea musical commentary on fracking

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Meet And Greet The Candidates in Andes October 18th

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Voters in Andes to Replace Town Supervisor

For the past eighteen years voters of the town of Andes have continuously voted in Marty Donnelly as their Town Supervisor. For the first election since 1997, Marty Donnelly’s name won’t be on the ballot due to his decision to retire. Bud Gladstone (D) and Richie Gabriel (R) are campaigning for the seat of Andes Town Supervisor.

Once again a ‘Meet the Candidates’ event will be held at the Andes Hotel on Sunday October 18th at 3pm. The public is invited to attend.

The two candidates running for Andes Town Supervisor have been invited to participate. Also invited to participate are the candidates running for two seats on the Andes Town Council: Edward Callahan (R), Tom Hall (D), Shayne Moshier (R), and Bruce Soules (D).

‘Meet the Candidates’ will be an open format but not a formal debate. Candidates will be given five minutes each to discuss their positions and ideas. Written questions from the audience will be presented to the Candidates by moderator Jack McShane.

Tax Collector Margaret Moshier, Superintendent of Highways Mike McAdams, and Town Clerk Kim Tosi are running unopposed and have been invited to attend but will not participate.

This event proved to be a valuable means to inform voters for the last town election. Once again it is being sponsored by Andes Works! and the Andes Hotel. All are invited! The regular food and drink service of the Andes Hotel will be available.

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