MALTA CANDIDATES QUESTION ‘RIBBON CUTTING’ FOR UNPOPULAR PROJECT
GOP candidates disappointed town board holding ribbon cutting for roundabout that was overwhelmingly opposed by local residents
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The Town of Malta Republican candidates for Town Supervisor and Town Board today responded to the announcement that the current Town Board will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, just over 12 hours after the polls close on Election Day. The candidates questioned both the timing and the logic behind conducting a ribbon cutting ceremony for a highway project, particularly for one that was universally rejected by local residents of the exit 11 area. After the current town board jockeyed for the roundabouts during the planning phase, local residents came together and submitted a petition with nearly 500 signatures opposing the plan that drastically changed the landscape of exit 11 and hurt many local small businesses. “I would question why this particular project would warrant a ribbon cutting, especially with the overwhelming opposition to this project that still exists today,” said Vince DeLucia, Town Supervisor candidate. “Over the last several months of speaking with voters and businesses in the area, their frustration with the process of how this project was approved could not be clearer. The next town board must do a better job of listening to residents’ concerns and making informed decisions before moving ahead with projects with such a large impact.” “The current town board has been giving us the roundabout for too long. Call it arrogance, outof-touch, or tone deaf: this ribbon cutting is a slap-in-the-face to the exit 11 community and it’s embarrassing,” said Tim Dunn, Town Board candidate. “Each door I have knocked on in the community has the same message: we didn’t want these roundabouts and they were shoved down our throats. With a clean-sweep on Tuesday, our new town board will ensure bad projects that ignore public input will not happen again.” “The next town board must do a better job of listening to the residents that will be impacted by such large-scale development projects,” said Town Board candidate Craig Warner. “These roundabouts dramatically altered the landscape and home-town feel of exit 11. There was overwhelming opposition to the roundabouts, nearly 500 signatures in opposition, but the project was steamrolled through.”
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The registered Republican and Conservative residents of Malta have an unusual opportunity to make a change in their elected representatives by voting in the September 10, 2015 primary for Town Council. The current town board members continue to ignore the wishes of the people they are supposed to represent by approving what appears to benefit the businesses in Malta or themselves, rather than their bosses, the residents.
Time and again, your representatives have spit in your eye. One of the most notable exampleswas the travesty imposed on the people of Round Lake who, despite having over 400 signatures on a petition opposing the installation of roundabouts in their neighborhood due to safety concerns, had their wishes totally ignored by the town board in favor of supporting a biased report that ultimately benefitted their paid engineer in my opinion. The town board chose to vote for the less safe and significantly more expensive option, rather than the much cheaper and potentially safer design.
That is not my idea of true representation.
It’s time to take a stand and effectuate a much needed change. I strongly encourage the eligible citizens of Malta to exercise your right to vote at the 9/10/15 primary and vote for Craig Warner and Tim Dunn for the Republican or write-in Conservative ballot. Malta seriously needs a change in direction and that will not take place as long as the status quo remains. The time is now. Please say NO to the incumbents. It’s up to you.
The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County is sponsoring two candidate forums ahead of Primary Election Day, which falls on Sept. 10.
Republican candidates for Malta Town Board will discuss issues at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive. Attending are challenger Tim Dunn, Councilman Peter Klotz Sr., Councilwoman Tara Thomas and Deputy Supervisor Craig Warner, who are running for two seats on the Town Board. The event is sponsored by the Malta Business and Professional Association with live streaming provided by theBallston Journal.
At a recent meeting it was revealed that the construction of the two Roundabouts on Round Lake Road will start tentatively in June of 2015, just in time to ruin summer commutes and camp pickups. Right now the proposed "Detour Plan" for Round Lake Road traffic will reroute east/west vehicles onto Ruhle Road South and Miller Road. The traffic will also be rerouted onto Raylinsky Road. The rerouting will take place during different stages of the construction.
"But when, as in this case, politicians take an unpopular position, there can be consequences like Eitzmann’s victory. The numbers also make one wonder about other aspects of Malta’s political future."
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Thank you to everyone who voted and has been fighting for a better Malta. Today, we all won!
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