If you’re a village homeowner with home improvement plans, you should ask Trustee Michael Bowman why he opposes code updates and building department improvements that can reduce the expensive variances and permit wait times we experience now.
Trustee Stephenie Hawkins, against all odds, helped win the village $75,ooo — free money to update our code, but Bowman filibustered, first arguing the money was illegal — “Not so,” said the village attorney. With the PCNR’s help he objected to one “green” provision in the contract — the village attorney removed it. He said two months wasn’t enough time to read a contract. He wants bids from other contractors although the one already named, GreenPlan, has proven itself to the village with three-plus years of “excellent” (Special Board Chair Michael Armstrong’s assessment) work, and now Bowman demands a larger committee to work on the zoning updates.
He opposes Mayor Ralph Falloon’s and the Town of Philipstown’s efforts to provide the village full-time Building Department service at no added cost, persuading Trustees Cathryn Fadde and Bruce Campbell to vote against these improvements, too. Building Inspector Bujarski works valiantly to meet the demands of his job but it’s impossible. I wrote to our buried inspector June 5 regarding a permit and I have yet to hear from him — this is typical, no matter who the inspector has been. A full-time department will be more responsive. Free, efficient, and Bowman says “no.”
If Bowman’s not working on behalf of village residents to make government less complicated and less expensive, who is he working for?