POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- In July, I contacted the chair persons from both political parties requesting to interview their candidates for Pound Ridge Supervisor. It was my intention to ask both candidates the same questions as early as possible to allow me as much time available to research and confirm their views. I hope my readers understand I made this effort in good faith.
After multiple attempts by email and phone messages, the Pound Ridge Democratic Committee declined my invitation to interview Ali Boak.
Being I’m the new kid in town, can you tell me a little about yourself?
Dick Lyman (R) : “I’m currently serving my third term as a Town Councilman. I have served in several capacities for committees and I have contributed what I believe are quite a few proud accomplishments when it comes to various projects to make Pound Ridge a better place to live and work. I have lived in this town all of my life, attended Fox Lane High School and for 36 years now, have been employed by U.S. Summit Company as a property manager.”
What do you support as a candidate for supervisor?
Lyman: “What everyone supports. There’s no Republican or Democrat way to run Pound Ridge. At the local level, we’re all for the same thing. I want to help protect the environment, promote the character of our town and maintain tight fiscal management to keep taxes low.”
What do you not support as a candidate?
Lyman: “I’m not running against anyone. I’m running for a position. I don’t want any lackeys on my team. I only want people capable of making decisions together. On the HUD affordable housing lawsuit and the assignment of our having to build 184 units for which we already built 12, another 172 units is absurd. There is no infrastructure to support what outsiders want us to build in our small community. As for improving our existing infrastructure, I am against putting the cart in front of the horse and believe any improvements need to be made from the ground up and not the other way around.”
How would you improve environmental issues in Pound Ridge?
Lyman: “The simple answer is to continue work on waste water and storm water management, specifically in Scotts Corners. The Conservation Board, which I am the liaison from the Town Board, is constantly working to provide awareness and I strongly support these efforts. From the legislative stand point, we have to continue to make good appointments to our Boards and Commissions and provide the necessary support in their decision making as well as continually providing the laws needed to allow for land use in an environmentally responsible way.”
How do you view the Transportation Enhancement Program issue?
Lyman: “There’s nothing wrong with TEP and I’m not opposed to outside funds to accomplish the needs of our community. There was never a formal identification of what those needs are or how much money we would be willing to take from our tax payers to address those needs.”
I will make my opinion for these candidates known on Nov. 1. Have a safe weekend and be well, my friends.
Laurance Baschkin is a resident of Pound Ridge.