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Hartwick-Milford-New Lisbon

questionnaire — pat ryan

PAT RYAN

COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 5,

(HARTWICK, MILFORD, NEW LISBON)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Licensed real estate broker for 20 years. Managed, owned and operated DeMulder Real Estate Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate for 14 years in Cooperstown, New York. Served as Chairwomen of Otsego-Delaware Multiple Listing Service, and served on the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

Charter member of Middlefield Taxpayers Association, served on Town of Middlefield Planning Board, 8 years on Cooperstown Central School Board served 2 terms as Town of Hartwick Supervisor, and currently serving on the Town of Hartwick Conservation Advisory Committee, and the annual Hartwick Clean Sweep Committee

FAMILY: Widowed, five children, 12 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren

PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT:

I believe in home rule, and the government providing those services that are not practical for our citizens to provide for themselves.

Local communities are the best stewards of their own natural resources; in promoting small businesses, regeneration of family farms and promote a sustainable economy with good paying jobs and affordable housing for the middle-class families.

MY QUALITIES: 

I have spent my adult life in Otsego County raising a family of five children, who graduated from Cooperstown and have gone on to be successful in their lives and are assets to society. I credit their success to having a wonderful education from Cooperstown Central School and the family-friendly environment in Otsego County.

After raising my family, I went back to school and became a licensed real estate broker, operated then owned Demulder Realty Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, in Cooperstown for 14 years.

During this time I served all of Otsego County. Our county is a “masterpiece of nature”. Most important is that your elected officials must be dedicated to “protect and preserve” our clean fresh air and water for future generations.

We must provide the environment to create a sustainable economy. We must provide for post-secondary education to prepare our youth to obtain good paying jobs.

We must create the environment for affordable year around housing for all middle-class families, while allowing the tourism industry to survive as one of our major industries.

Once elected, I know what the role of a good public servant should be and I will be there

questionnaire — kennedy

MEG KENNEDY

COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 5,

(HARTWICK, MILFORD, NEW LISBON)

Meg Kennedy

COMMUNITY OF RESIDENCE: Hartwick

EDUCATION: B.S. Cornell University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 24 years experience in family owned and operated horticultural business in Hartwick

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: serve on governing bodies of 2 farmers markets 2008 – present, serve on Town of Hartwick Planning Board 2010- present, member of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Parish.

FAMILY: 11 siblings, many in-laws, numerous nieces and nephews, parents

PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT: Government has a responsibility to spend tax monies responsibly.  Government functions to serve the people by providing the best service in the most cost effective manner to protect the public safety and provide safe roads and infrastructure, encourage economic development and provide services as mandated.

MAJOR ISSUES FACING OTSEGO COUNTY: creating jobs and educational opportunities for residents and young people.  Keeping and supporting agriculture as a economic strength. 

MY QUALITIES:  I am a good listener and a fast learner.  I work well in groups.  I have good communication skills.  These qualities have served me well in my first term on the County Board.

STATEMENT: I have enjoyed my work on the County Board of Representatives.  My attendance each month at the town meetings in Milford, Hartwick and New Lisbon keeps me in touch with issues that I can work on at the county level.  My attendance at my committee meetings has helped to shape decisions that have resulted in positive outcomes for the county – budgets under the tax cap, support for the Farmland Protection Plan and work on the organization of the Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank are some examples.

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