Like my Facebook Page: Elect Michael Summerfield To Cornwall Town Board
I am very excited to continue the process of change in Cornwall. For too long the official offices of the Town of Cornwall has been a revolving door of the same recycled members shifting from one role to another over several decades. Cornwall is at a critical juncture with our town's identity and prosperity at stake - principally because of past decisions by the same people running in this year's campaign.
Nothing has changed in the last year and I'm determined to win a seat on the Council to be certain the issues and concerns of all residents are addressed and resolved. I was very active in the DEC's Kiryas Joel water pipeline project public meeting this past April and I continue to monitor progress on the Cornwall Commons project and discussions on the future of the Cornwall Hospital. The recent Town of Cornwall announcement of an offer to buy NYMA was a pleasant surprise, but we can't really relax until they have engaged in discussions with the Town. It's the best option NYMA has ... except for any potential cash deal from ....
There is only so much one can do as an involved resident. I need a seat at the table to be certain projects receive thorough consideration and all aspects are vetted and communicated to residents and to be sure your insights and feedback are taken seriously. Voting for me is voting for yourself.
Now is the time for creative and inspired input - not back-room deals and rubber stamps of proposals. I am a strong believer in participatory government, open communication and inclusiveness. I will represent your interests and the best interests of Cornwall with responsible and analytical consideration of the merits of proposals brought before the Board. Additionally, I will provide "out of the box" thinking for solutions to current problems.
NewsThursday, October 29, 2015 8:37 PM
6 of 6 candidates for Town Council submitted responses to 6 important issue questions posed by The Cornwall Local. 3 made the soft deadline of "Monday morning." 3 arrived in the afternoon. As an editor of the only local paper and knowing what was at stake for your community, what would you do? Evidently, adhering to vague time-frames and undisclosed consequences are more important than informing the residents of Cornwall of the positions of the candidates that they will be voting for. The electorate are only able to view 3 of the 6 responses of candidates they are expected to vote for five days hence in this week's paper. Sometimes you have to do what is right for the community - for the greater good. That we cannot expect hard news and analysis from our community paper is a substantial void in our right to know about what is going on in our Town politics and government. Candidates should at least receive fair access of our views for publication. For the record, here are my responses.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 8:33 PM
If you have been sitting on the sidelines saying nothing ever gets done in Cornwall or are tired of the phrase too often heard - "That will never work … and let me tell you why…" - you’ll appreciate the new attitude in Town Hall.
Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:17 PM
Unlike Monsey, Spring Valley and Monroe, Cornwall has the advantage of seeing both the trends and the strategies of the fastest-growing demographic in the region.
Thursday, September 17, 2015 6:57 AM
The Town Council has been so dysfunctional and inattentive to the long-term needs of the community for so long the fixes required are staggering in their volume and in the need for documentation and resolution. The challenges that face Cornwall are considerable - but not impossible with the right individuals in place.
Friday, August 28, 2015 12:00 AM
The Cornwall Local covered a event gathering I coordinated, as co-founder of The Cornwall Alliance, on Wednesday, August 26th held at The Storm King School on Mountain Rd. The issue was safety on Rt. 9W - particularly at the intersections of Mountain Rd. and Continental Rd. The event was the result of an extensive online discussion on the Facebook group: "Living in Cornwall." Although The Cornwall Local does not archive their articles online, a thorough discussion on 9W safety and proposals is presented on The Cornwall Alliance web site [www.TheCornwallAlliance.com].