ELECTION 2021

Candidates for Highland, NY

Posted 10/27/21

SUPERVISOR

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JOHN M. PIZZOLATO

"I am running for town supervisor because I want to secure a bright financial future for our town. I have done this with my own businesses, which I …

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ELECTION 2021

Candidates for Highland, NY

Posted

SUPERVISOR

Vote for one

JOHN M. PIZZOLATO

"I am running for town supervisor because I want to secure a bright financial future for our town. I have done this with my own businesses, which I built from the ground up, not inherited. As supervisor, I will bring our town into the future with good governance and vow to only make great deals for the town, while ensuring we maintain our rural character and preserve our natural resources. We have a wonderful community and I want to make sure town hall reflects all of the great people who live here. We need open communication with our local government. I want to make sure that we are encouraging to all business and individuals who wish to invest here and call it home. I want to make sure all of our town employees and appointed officials are properly trained and compensated fairly and treated with dignity and respect and, in turn, will treat the public with dignity and respect. As a private citizen and as chairman of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, president and co-founder of the Barryville Farmers’ Market, and as a member of the board of directors for the Barryville chamber, I have acquired more than $200,000 in grant funds for our town and it’s only the beginning. I want us all to contribute to our town’s collective greatness. Let’s work together to protect our seniors and veterans and give access to great programs that will enrich their daily lives.

I am running on the Lifting Neighbors Non-Partisan Party and am the Democratic nominee.

Let’s create opportunities for our kids and make this a place they want to return to raise their families. Representing the town as supervisor would be the honor of a lifetime."

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DONALD JEFF HAAS

The River Reporter has not yet received a statement from this candidate.

Councilman

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LAURA BURRELL

"My name is Laura Burrell. My decision and drive to run come straight from the heart. My family of public servants taught me the importance of giving back and working hard to improve our quality of life.

My platform includes developing a clear communications plan, building inter-town partnerships to reduce spending and share resources and foster healthy engagement between local government and the public. This translates to greater transparency and participation. We can do more to gather the needs of our community and represent all voices while being fiscally responsible.

This requires longer-term planning and efforts to secure external funding to avoid tax increases. I bring to the job a degree in arts and cultural management and 15 years spent working in the nonprofit education sector, where I have proven success in grant writing, fundraising, programming, strategic planning and communications.

Serving our youth is among our most important jobs, yet it has been over two years since we offered youth-focused programming through available funds with the county youth bureau. Meanwhile, our parents are struggling to find affordable, high-quality programs year-round. Funding is flexible and we can create free, diverse programs, including movement and outdoor learning, and we can offer field trips to cultural institutions that enhance existing programs at local schools. Please vote for me; I’m ready to serve the Town of Highland and confident we can foster healthy engagement between our local government and the public."

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KAITLIN E. HAAS

The River Reporter has not yet received a statement from this candidate.

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CHRISTOPHER TAMBINI

The River Reporter has not yet received a statement from this candidate.

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MARGARET GRANESE

"I have been a homeowner and a taxpayer in Minisink Ford for 23 wonderful years. In that time, I’ve volunteered for the Sunshine Hall Library and the American Legion Ambulance Service; taught GED courses; and for nine years I’ve served as the community’s food pantry coordinator for St. Anthony’s Church in Yulan.

Based on 25 years of day-to-day operations experience at NYC Transit—culminating as a night superintendent responsible for all of the city’s 468 subway stations—I believe that the Town of Highland can run more efficiently by cutting unnecessary costs, eliminating our reliance on expensive consultants, and having a fair, open and inclusive process in awarding contracts. Town employment opportunities must be advertised so that we can recruit the best qualified employees from multiple, local candidates: the town’s culture of nepotism must end. Allowing a gas compressor station to be built in Eldred and letting sewage waste water be dumped in our historic Halfway Brook, has taught us that we need to be more pro-active and vigilant, and do more to protect our local lands and waterways. Above all, our town’s finances need more transparency, so taxpayers know where money is being spent and who is being paid. We need to support our local businesses—new and old, build a solid commercial tax base, extend resources to our neighbors in need, and do more to protect our seniors and veterans. I ask for your vote on November 2 for the Town of Highland Councilperson."

Other positions

The River Reporter has not yet received any statements from the candidates for Town Clerk, Tax Collector, Town Justice, or Superintendent of Highways. Thomas H. Ebers and Ron Thiele are the candidates for Superintendent of Highways; the remaining candidates are unopposed.

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