Accomplishments

Democrats believe in addressing problems actively through good government.  Our local Democratic elected officials are responsible for numerous noteworthy accomplishments, including the following:

  • Rebuilt the Town Hall and maintained it effectively and efficiently since the rebuilding
  • Sold the old library for $100,000
  • New pavilion at Majestic Park paid for with grant funds
  • Passed a law encouraging developers to give money to the parks, not “donate” worthless land.
  • Forrest Glen bridge replacement on the rail trail with grant funds in process
  • Roads–annual scheduled maintenance
  • Conducted an audit of the zoning code
  • Enacted a moratorium on certain kinds of camping
  • Enacted a local law governing the Planning Board
  • Increased resident participation in town governance
  • Reconstitution of the Open Space Commission
  • Clove Road Bridge–applications for funding in process
  • Got Robert De Niro to reimburse the Town for $129,000 in legal fees
  • Secured state and federal funding to build sidewalks, new lighting, and improve the Rail Trail
  • Improved and added recreational programs
  • Rebuilt the Town’s Transfer Station
  • Purchased the Rail Trail
  • Replaced three aged unsafe Highway Department trucks with three large new trucks
  • Kept Gardiner’s property taxes among the lowest in the county
  • Maintained the town’s financial reserves to protect against a severe recession
  • Created the Open Space Law to protect working farms
  • Protected the Kiernan Farm and the Hess Farm from development
  • Created new zoning to protect “The Ridge” and to maintain Gardiner’s rural character
  • Worked with small businesses and G.A.B. to make Gardiner more “Business Friendly”
  • Supported construction of the new Gardiner Library which has become the center of cultural life in our community