Keep Elizabeth Spinzia Town Supervisor
It’s an honor to serve as Rhinebeck’s Town Supervisor and I’m asking for your continued support for another term in office.
Today “Shared Services” is a mandate for local government. There’s a new spirit of cooperation between Rhinebeck Town and Village government. This year the Town and Village Highway Departments paved three Village roads – saving over $60,000. Together we are studying consolidation of our Highway and Maintenance Departments and Judicial Courts, and we have formed a joint Environmental Committee to take steps that will make Rhinebeck more environmentally sustainable and save taxpayer dollars.
This spirit of cooperation extends into the County. As an active executive of the Dutchess County Supervisors and Mayors Association I work closely with other municipal leaders to realize cost savings through shared services. We share resources and information and we use our collective voice to lobby on behalf of our towns. In cooperation with our County Executive, Rhinebeck has received over $530,000 in County Shared Service Grants for many cost saving initiatives.
Protecting our environment preserves Rhinebeck’s rural character. This past year we passed a county-wide resolution to “Ban the Barges” on the Hudson, defended a law to protect us from large scale industrial mining, and created a law permitting Solar Farms which lessens our dependence on fossil fuel. Mayor Bassett and I are continuously working with the Riverkeeper organization to protect our River and ensure the quality of our drinking water. I consider myself a steward of Rhinebeck.
I am on guard for policies from the Federal, State, and County level that affect us locally. Rhinebeck is in good shape but we need to look ahead. With a fast aging population we need to ask some important forward-looking questions. What services do we need for our Senior Citizens? How do we make Rhinebeck attractive for young families? Given that our local economy is driven by tourism, how do we remain business friendly without sacrificing our quality of life? Planning for a better future is a big part of my job.
When we work together there is no limit to what we can accomplish!
Keep Chauncey Walker for Town Board
Earlier this year I was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Rhinebeck Town Board and I am now running for election on November 7th. I hope to continue to work for Rhinebeck and I ask for your vote.
My wife, Gina, and I have lived in Rhinebeck Village for thirty years and we have seen it grow and change. Many of the issues before the Town Board are rooted in real estate law and, as it happens, I am a retired attorney specializing in just that. I also served as a former Associate Dean of Pace University Law School, now retired. I would like to use my experience to move forward some of our town’s important projects.
I have been working closely with Village Trustee Ric Lewit on an initiative to switch all our street lights to LED, a move that will save tax dollars and reduce our carbon footprint, helping with our joint Town and Village Green Community Certification.
Preserving the character of our town is another of my goals. I serve as liaison to the Historic Preservation Committee, which aims to do that. Soon, we will present a draft for Historic Preservation to the Town Board in keeping with the one adopted by the Village.
I believe we must continue to work on our Comprehensive Plan and zoning law to make certain that it is fair and current, and able to serve the needs of residents, businesses, and farmers. I am already part of the Task Force working on a re-zoning plan at the Four Corners intersection, and the one reconsidering building permit fees, especially for agricultural buildings. I am proud to have been part of discussions of the Town of Rhinebeck’s new solar law, the proposed walking trails at the Rhinebeck Cemetery, as well as the construction of the new pavilion at Thompson/Mazzarella Park.
My goal is to continue the work of moving Rhinebeck forward, while preserving all the things that make this community so great.
Thank you for your support.
Elect Brennan Kearney for Town Board
I am running for a seat on the Rhinebeck Town Board because I hope to contribute, as a decision maker, to the future of our town. I want to make certain that my two school-aged children can afford to live here if they want to, and that my senior citizen parents can retire here and can stay in their home. This means we need to provide services, not only for my family, but for all the families who live here. I know that in an economy that depends heavily on tourism, we need to support our local businesses and protect the unique features of Rhinebeck that draw visitors here. We are a historic community, one that needs to protect and preserve open spaces. We are child-friendly and senior-friendly. We need to continue to build on what is best about our Town.
For some years, I have been a small-business owner, which included directing a contracting company in Brooklyn that specialized in the restoration of older townhouses. From this I have developed an insider’s understanding of planning and zoning from multiple perspectives. I am deeply committed to historic preservation, but I also understand that it requires a nuanced approach. I believe I can help streamline the process in Rhinebeck’s Building, Planning, and Zoning Departments so that it becomes easier for all of us. Having served as the Planning and Zoning Clerk for the town, I am familiar with our departments, our policies, and the wonderful officials, staff, and volunteers who work so hard for us.
I am a consensus builder and I enjoy working with people to find common ground. I’m also good with a budget and very frugal. Having been responsible for large work crews, I understand the need for good, thorough management practices and the critical role of clear communication. I plan to enhance the Town’s communication with its residents, so that more will be willing to participate and so everyone knows what’s going on.
I’m asking for your vote on November 7th. It will be my honor to serve on the Town Board, and I assure you I would work very hard to speak for every resident of Rhinebeck.