2017 Platform

MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE TOWN

  • Invest wisely in the town’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and buildings such as the Clove Road Bridge and the pole barn in Majestic Park.
  • Improve Gardiner’s recreational opportunities for families, including facilities and programs such as Majestic Park maintenance and upgrades and improvements to the Rail Trail.
  • Preserve and protect drinking water and wetlands including the aquifer that towns residents rely on.
  • Support of the library as the town’s social and cultural center.
  • Address the problems of Dusinberre Road.

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.

PRESERVE GARDINER’S CHARACTER AND OPEN SPACE

  • Preserve the small town nature of Gardiner and support the goals of 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.

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.
  • Encourage the development of Task Forces to address community needs, such as Earth Day cleanup.

SUPPORT DEMOCRATIC VALUES

  • Support the values of the national Democratic Party including sanctuary cities, women’s equality, LGBTQ issues, support for Planned Parenthood and single-payer health care.