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 six months 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 NYMA announcement was a pleasant surprise, but we can't really relax until their project is underway.
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.
NewsSunday, June 22, 2014 9:59 AM
While waiting for the fireworks, try solving the word puzzle on my ad in the 4th of July Fireworks journal! While this list isn't complete, it represents the most front-of-mind issues we face. I don't have an answer for each, however, I am dedicated to seeking solutions and moving Cornwall forward!
Want to share it? Here's the link.
Here is the list of the 25 issues to be found in the puzzle:
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:41 AM
[Presented at DEC meeting] As in any public project where goods are transferred from one entity to another, it is important to follow the money.
In the issue before us, the request for water withdrawal from Mountainville well #1 represents a massive transfer of wealth from residents of Cornwall to residents of Kiryas Joel.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:34 AM
[Presented at DEC meeting] One of the primary problems with Kiryas Joel's characterization of the impact of the water drawdown on Mountainville well #1 in their capacity as lead agency for a project that spans across several municipalities is that they have not calculated into their projections the future growth of Cornwall. Additionally, the water rights that Kiryas Joel seeks are in perpetuity.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:39 PM
Michael Summefield has been a resident of Cornwall for the last eight years. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BSA in Public Administration and a minor in economics. He continued to study economics in post-graduate work at Indiana University and Purdue University and completed one year of MBA studies at the University of Connecticut Storrs School of Management. Summerfield began his financial career as a municipal credit analyst and was later promoted to portfolio manager and later funding manager at two regional Midwestern banks. He moved to New York City to become Funding Manager of the holding company for Chemical BAnk and later Banca MPS. He later left the industry to pursue opportunities in the internet world culminating in the role of EVP of Sales for an international news organization. He then returned to the financial industry as Manager of Sales and Marketing for the economic research firm, Wrightson ICAP. Summerfield currently serves as second vice-president of the Cornwall Lions after having served as Club Secretary for two years. He is also a principal member of The Cornwall Alliance. He is founder of ticKIDS, Inc. - a non-profit children's charity that provides tickets and entertainment opportunities for kids-in-need.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:29 PM
Below is the complete text of my Letter-to-the-Editor found in the Cornwall Local, Thursday October 10, 2013. My letter was limited to 250 words ... too short to summarize such a controversial topic.