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|Westchester County, NY||November 3, 2009 Election|
Yorktown Issues That Need to be Addressed
By Susan M. (Stetson) SiegelCandidate for Supervisor; Town of Yorktown
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Much needs to be done to modernize Yorktown's antiquated management systems in order to bring spending under control and make our town government more efficient, affordable, open and accountable. These are the areas that are my top priorities.As a regular attendee at town board meetings, I know the issues that the supervisor and town board will have to confront over the next two years. I have specific solutions waiting to be implemented.
We need to stop wasting taxpayer dollars by implementing cost saving management reforms, from requiring competitive quotes for all contracts to avoiding unnecessary lawsuits resulting from ineffective management and politically motivated decisions.
Neighborhood traffic safety
We need a completely new, more responsive, more efficient way to control traffic on our neighborhood streets. We need to establish a workable Traffic Advisory Board that has the expertise to review resident concerns and recommend appropriate solutions to the town board or highway superintendent for implementation.
We need to establish a computerized system that keeps track of ALL incoming resident calls and complaints and responds to them in a timely fashion.
Improve functioning of the town board
We need a town board that knows what it's doing + before + it acts. We need a supervisor who communicates with board members.
Open and transparent government
We need to provide more convenient access to documents in response to Freedom of Information requests. We need to make more effective use of the town's web site to transmit information to residents in a timely fashion.
We need to develop a comprehensive and integrated environmental policy that includes all aspects of the envirnoment, from carbon emissions and open space to protecting trees and wetlands and the use of pesticides.
We need to address the needs of our seniors for an affordable center that meets their needs.
Planning for our future
We need a realistic 5-year Capital Improvement Plan that identifies our long term infrastructure needs. We need to avoid spending critical capital dollars on short term "impulse" projects.
We need to retain local control over our police department. Business We need to work with and strengthen our local businesses. We need to be more "business friendly."
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