Here you can find information on my platform, and my position on a number of issues. If you have concerns or questions about something not listed here, please feel free to contact me - I want to hear from you and make sure that I keep the concerns of all Saratoga Springs residents front and center.
What Public Service Means to Me:
My Vision for the Future:
My Plan to Make County Government Transparent:
Appropriate Use of the City Center:
In August of 2017, a local firearms dealer proposed bringing personal belongings of Adolf Hitler to Saratoga Springs to promote his Gun Show. Saratoga Springs is an inclusive city, and now especially that kind of divisive behavior has no place in our city. See more information: Click here for news story and interview with Tara.
MY COMMITMENT TO YOU:
Keep government fair, responsive and transparent.
The residents of Saratoga Springs should know what is taking place at the county level, and how it might impact their lives in the city. First and foremost, it is my goal to give maintain an open line and complete transparency. Some are not aware of the impact the Board of Supervisors decisions may have on their daily lives - from growth and infrastructure, to public health. I want to make sure no resident lacks the information they need to make informed decisions about their elected officials, and that all residents are able see what I am doing to represent and advocate for them.
Safeguard open space and the environment with smart, sustainable development.
Saratoga Springs is a growing city, and I plan to maintain sustainable growth that attracts businesses, young professionals, families, and more to the area. However, with growth comes the responsibility to be thoughtful and deliberate to protect our environment while maintaining the city's character and attractiveness. Growth should continue, but should not outpace our planning, in order to prevent sprawl, make sure that infrastructure keeps up with demand, and maintain the city's open spaces.
Plan for the long-term: infrastructure, water resources and financial stability.
With a city growing as quickly as Saratoga Springs, and with significant economic and cultural impact on the county, we must consider the city's Comprehensive Plan and see where county resources can or should support growth and development. The history of Saratoga Springs means that infrastructure requires constant monitoring, and a problem should be corrected before it become a crisis. As we have seen around the country, and closer to home in Hoosick Falls, water is life - we must ensure clean, safe water for residents, even in the event of a crisis, which may include developing or modifying agreements with the county and other municipalities.
Preserve and enhance public health and safety.
With growth in Saratoga Springs comes increased concerns about public health and safety, and the county has a large impact on these areas. It is imperative to plan ahead, and I believe the Board of Supervisors has been working to stay on top of these concerns. I would continue to work for the residents of Saratoga Springs, making certain that changes in these services do not have a negative impact on us. I particularly want to make sure that Saratoga Springs residents have reliable and timely access to public health and social programs that keep our city healthy.
Address housing needs and services.
When my spouse was first stationed near Saratoga Springs with the Navy, we were fortunate enough to find affordable housing within the city - housing that allowed us to really fall in love with the city, and that is what led us to settle here and want to give back to the area. The local economy requires a diversity of housing to support a diversity of residents. To grow the economy, and maintain our fantastic schools, we must be able to attract not only leaders in business and government, but early professionals, young families, and others. I will work to make sure County decisions that impact the city support that goal.
Maintain and promote the quality of life we enjoy.
My family has been fortunate enough to live in a variety of areas around the country while my spouse served in the US Navy. We chose to settle in Saratoga Springs because it truly is the "city in the country." It was not just the access to great schools and a welcoming community that made us feel this way, but also the incredible culture and art, access to the outdoors, and diverse local businesses. I will work for the residents of Saratoga Springs to thoughtfully grow the city while maintaining the place we love.
A few of my goals:
- Work for increased county-to-city communications, including the online presence of the Board of Supervisors, to make it easier to residents to know what is going on and how it might impact them.
- Maintain an open line to the residents of Saratoga Springs, including holding regular "office hours" around the city.
- Review existing agreements regarding public safety, water, sewer, public health, and emergency management, and push for any required modifications to make certain that residents are protected in the event of a crisis - whether natural or man-made.
- Collaborate with industry, economic development groups, environmental groups, and planning experts, along with city government, to see where the county can assist in the growth of Saratoga Springs.
- Provide a unique perspective to the Board of Supervisors, based on experiences under a number of forms of government and urban planning.