I moved here eight years ago and love this community so much that I enticed my parents to buy a home here, too. I resent the implication by a vocal few that relative newcomers are not merely ill-suited for public engagement or office but that somehow our intentions are suspect. It’s a tired old trope, and one that the BOFA campaign is exploiting.
Candidate Michael Bowman likes to trumpet his long-time residency as if it were a prerequisite for qualification to be elected. He actually only moved into the village three years ago, which makes me a longer-term resident than him. But shouldn’t the qualifications we’re looking for include “experience,” “commitment to public service,” and an “understanding of issues?”
Matt saved the village $18,000 in legal fees, is a guiding light in the Butterfield development (raising important concerns and refusing to make empty promises), and protected local jobs. Donald devoted 12 years to the Zoning Board and saved our beloved Tots Park. Both men are successful in fields (project management and architecture, respectively) that lend themselves to the issues we face. The volunteer work they do for us all demonstrates a refreshing lack of self-interest.
I’m not sure I can say the same of their opponents. Major projects are underway that will bring inevitable change to our village. Let’s make sure we trust our trustees to preserve what we love about Cold Spring and lead us gracefully, not kicking and screaming, into the future.
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