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. 

Review my credentials on LinkedIn and visit The Cornwall Alliance site for an in-depth look at issues facing Cornwall and what I and other residents are doing to Move Cornwall ... Forward.


Monday, November 3, 2014 9:51 AM

Letter to the Editor - Times Herald Record

The Town of Cornwall is pastoral, with open-spaces and incredible vistas – much of it protected.  I love Cornwall so much so that I’m running for Town Council to preserve and improve it. 


Friday, October 24, 2014 9:53 AM

Such BIG SIGNS Letter to the Editor, Cornwall Local

Such big election signs… do you think they’re compensating for something?  Big ideas are what they lack.  Big plans? - they have none.  No will to “just say no” to high-density housing in Cornwall.   No idea how to protect Cornwall from KJ Inc. who has Cornwall in their sights as a municipal take-over target.  They have no interest in implementing plans to improve Cornwall. 

Know who you are voting for! 

Thursday, October 2, 2014 10:18 AM

Campaign Summary - Letter to the Editor, October 2, 2014

We need to implement a goal-oriented, long term plan for Cornwall’s growth.  Our greatest assets include the Hudson River, Storm King Mountain, Blackrock Forest and the innumerable hiking trails and vistas; the Moodna trestle with the sweeping views beneath it and, of course, the
internationally celebrated Storm King Arts Center that so far this year has attracted over 168,000 visitors.  How many of those visitors have seen downtown Cornwall?  If they do, they are certain to be underwhelmed.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:10 AM

Why is the Moodna Creek so dry? Letter to the Editor: Cornwall Local

Thanks to the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring yet another fantastic Fall Harvest Festival.  It was a great opportunity for me to chat with Town and Village residents and residents of surrounding towns to better understand their concerns about Cornwall and I was able to share my concerns. 

What I didn’t expect was to be informed that the Village of Kiryas Joel had announced a water emergency on July 3rd and began pumping from additional wells they own in the Village of Woodbury and trucking the water to wells located in Kiryas Joel.  The Village of Woodbury had tried to stop the carting due to damage to the roads and the danger of such large trucks rumbling through their Village.  This pumping and transfer activity begs the question:  “Is KJ’s pumping activity the cause of the inaccessibility of well water for many Mountainville residents and the cause of the dry creek bed of the normally high-flow Moodna Creek?”  Shouldn’t the Town Council be alarmed that fire protection might be compromised?  Is the Town monitoring water availability for its residents?   What is the Town Council doing about it – and why has there been no public statement regarding the water issue?   Supporting documents can be found at

Michael Summerfield

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:00 AM

Cornwall may change zoning to accommodate 480-home Cornwall Commons - See more at:

Committee to Elect Michael Summerfield
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