2021 Gardiner Democratic Platform

2021 DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLATFORM 

MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE TOWN

  • Invest wisely in the town’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges, sidewalks, public spaces and buildings such as the Clove Road Bridge and the pole barn in Majestic Park.
  • Improve Gardiner’s recreational facilities and programs including Majestic Park and Rail Trail maintenance, upgrades and improvements
  • Collaborate with local organizations to improve the availability of housing and community resources for seniors.
  • Preserve and protect drinking water and wetlands including the aquifer. 
  • Ensure the long-term viability of the town’s sewer system.
  • Support the library as the town’s social and cultural center.
  • Improve the appearance of the town and public spaces to attract public events that bring revenue to Gardiner.
  • Address speeding on Gardiner’s roads, noise control, abandoned buildings and littering.

CONTINUE TO EXERCISE FINANCIAL DISCIPLINE

  • Develop responsible budgets based on the needs of the community.
  • Limit the tax burden on Gardiner property owners.
  • Employ expert resources to secure grants and donations to help fund important programs.
  • Encourage business development in the Hamlet and in the industrial park to increase the revenue base by establishing an Economic Development Committee.

PRESERVE GARDINER’S RURAL CHARACTER AND OPEN SPACE

  • Preserve the small-town nature of Gardiner.
  • Update zoning code to be consistent with the 2004 Master Plan.
  • Advance Gardiner’s Open Space Plan.
  • Support established policies that protect the Shawangunk Ridge as a natural and community resource.
  • Respect sensitive ecological systems and seek Bronze Certification from the NYS DEC in collaboration with Climate Smart Gardiner. Improve Gardiner’s resiliency in the face of climate change.
  • Support efforts to reduce the government and community’s carbon footprint, while reducing town expenditures. Attract users of electric vehicles to come to Gardiner.
  • Support Community Choice Aggregation, seek green sources of electricity, and seek other ways to reduce Gardiner’s carbon footprint.

 

CONTINUE AND ENHANCE EFFICIENT, GOOD GOVERNMENT

  • Continue to ensure open, inclusive government by encouraging participation by all members of the Gardiner community in town meetings and activities.
  • Encourage the community to serve on town organizations, including the Town Board, the Planning Board, the ZBA, the ECC, and the Open Space Commission.
  • Promote a greater balance on the Planning Board between development and conservation interests and diversity of viewpoints.
  • Encourage the development of Task Forces to address community needs, such as Earth Day cleanup, littering, maintenance of community property, etc.
  • Work more closely with the Library to build and strengthen community.

SUPPORT THE VALUES OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY, INCLUDING

  • Actively oppose discrimination due to race, religion, national origin, disability, language, gender or gender identity, age, and sexual orientation.
  • Show unwavering allegiance to women’s equality and reproductive rights.
  • Demand fair and humane treatment for immigrants and those seeking asylum.
  • Ensure access to Universal Health Care.
  • Guarantee protection and financial support for Planned Parenthood.
  • Demonstrate active opposition to racism and white supremacy.
  • Address income inequality through a higher minimum wage and improved collective bargaining rights.
  • Build a clean energy economy that ensures environmental justice and protects public lands and water.
  • Prevent gun violence.