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I know that many contribute to the political process and ongoing community and governmental activities personally, serving on committees and attending Council Meetings, but online voices were impressive in this past election and unless everyone has election fatigue, this should continue without interruption.  After the election Randy Casale outlined his agenda for the Poughkeepsie Journal.  It appears that his priorities include:

 

1.  Keeping costs under contril

2.  Exploring shared services

3.  Attracting Green Technology jobs

4.  A rail trail along Fishkill Creek

 

I think he also will establish his own support structure -- perhaps with his own administrator and city attorney, new members of the Zoning Board, if their terms are up.  New members of the Planning Board seem most important.  And there are the advisory committees of Conservation Advisory, and Arts and Culture, TOD advisory to name a few.  I hope he hits the ground running with an enthusiastic crop of voices online and in-person assistance. 

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Comment by Gregory H Strong on November 22, 2011 at 1:45pm

Very good points made about conflict of interest.  Thank you.

Comment by Tom Church on November 22, 2011 at 1:14pm

The conflict of interest is a major issue for anyone working within the city.  For instance if we hire a local engineer as the City Engineer...that person/company cannot do any work within city limits. 

Concerning the Hudson Baylor and other projects, please keep in mind that there are A LOT of laws that govern what a PB can and cannot reject...and even more case law fromf developers suing cities and towns.  If I am correct, Hudson Baylor was already zoned industrial and did not need much in the way (if any) variances to build there...they just needed planning board approval and all that goes with it.  Even if it is along the creek then they only have to prove through the engineer that the drainage (among other things) meets current laws and requirements.  If they meet all of the requirements and the concerns involving drainage and traffic are met, I don't think they can deny it since it is on private property. Again there are TONS of lawsuits out there where PB's overstep their boundaries only because they do not want something there. 

The PB cannot reject an entire project if it meets the zoning, enviropnmental and legal requirements, just because they do not like it.  The TOD was different in that the property had to be re-zoned for them to build what they wanted there. 

Comment by Bud Siegel on November 22, 2011 at 12:25pm

I think the main problem with the City Attorney position has less to do with who that person is and more to do with the inherent conflicts of interest involved.  On the one hand, the city attorney looks after all the contracts and other legal matters before the City (including I assume all the other outside legal specialists the city retains from time to time).  But (at least it seems to me) on the other hand, the City attorney is also advises and protects the administration and the Council from their own individual or joint liabilities.  So many executive sessions.  I think those roles should be split and the Council including the mayor should get independent advice when their own liability is an issue.  And let the City Attorney represent the people of Beacon.

Comment by Gregory H Strong on November 22, 2011 at 11:20am

Is there a firm in Beacon with the experience and resources to adequately represent the City?  Why are they not then employed by the City?

There is a very big difference between not agreeing with the advice accepted by the Mayor and Council, and accusing a law firm of misrepresenting a client for it's own good.

Who we hire as counsel is not a problem, large or otherwise.

Comment by U. Smith on November 22, 2011 at 6:18am

He would save himself a lot of future headaches if he can manage to do what has to be done to hire our City Attorney from within Beacon, itself. The outside influence RE: Ward Willis (our current attorney, from Westchester)

and his recommendations and the way contracts and negotiations  were executed were often NOT in Beacon's  Best Interest. SEE:  Hudson Baylor and Fishkill Creek residential developement. His firm has an agenda and it has to do with finding  property and GOOD deals for there corporate clients. this influenced Steve Gold's Administration and it will hurt Rand's if he doesn't do anything about it. THIS IS THE MOST PRESSING PROBLEM IN BEACON RIGHT NOW!

Comment by Anna West on November 18, 2011 at 12:16pm

If he is encouraging green tech, I have to ask why he kept "trashing" the single stream recycling company? Just seems a bit disengenous. 

 

I hope that any new members of the boards and NOT reality people. It is a conflict of interest. I hope that it isn't all long time residents. I hope (as the last admin did) post the openings so people can apply rather than a closed process.

 

Hopefully, he will not hire just people like him but reach out to the whole community, esp for the administrator. That is why Joe Baum was such a problem.

 

Anna

Comment by Preach It on November 16, 2011 at 10:50am
Sounds good to me too! I heart Randy, especially for mayor! The people of Beacon have spoken.

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