Recognizing the need for better communication between local government and its residents, GOP Chairman Rob DiFrancesco announced today the release of the 2006 Croton GOP Platform. The comprehensive platform outlines the party’s position on important issues facing the village. Today’s announcement marks the beginning of the 2006 election cycle in Croton and the party looks forward to articulating its vision for the coming year.
“We are very excited to be releasing the platform and recognize that communicating with our residents is essential to achieving our goals.” DiFrancesco said. “Our platform addresses real issues facing our residents, all the while making Croton an even better place to live.”
The GOP platform outlines five main points that the members of the committee, elected officials and candidates believe will help advance good government in Croton.
“My administration understands that good government is open government.” Stated Village Mayor Dr. Gregory J. Schmidt. “Open government includes regularly speaking with local residents. This is explained in the platform and residents should know that this is common practice when it comes to my management of this village.”
The platform also puts forward plans for a new village program - “office hours.”
Proposed by Trustee Jim Steinberg, “office hours” provides another outlet that would allow dialogue between local government and its residents.
Steinberg, who is seeking to keep his Trustee seat in this year’s election, felt that the release of the platform this early is befitting of honest and open government. “The release of our agenda was done so that residents may have time to read what we stand for. It enables them to make an intelligent and well informed decision on Election Day.”
The platform also takes a stand against the Millennium Pipeline and Metro-Enviro, both environmental hazards affecting our village. The platform explains the non-negotiation stance that the administration has taken in regard to Metro-Enviro and any entity that plans to open a facility on that site. The strong stance taken in regard to both these entities are appropriate in order to protect the village and its residents.
The creation of a community center is continued priority with the current administration. “A community center will act as a gathering point for seniors, teenagers, children and everyone in between who have an interest in recreation and their community.” Said Trustee Tom Brennan, who is in charge of the community center committee. “The committee is made up of residents from all walks of life and each has a unique perspective that he/she brings to the table. Together we are moving forward at an amazing pace and look forward to shifting our plans from the planning phase to the actual building phase.”
The Platform is available to all residents on the Croton GOP’s interactive web site www.crotongop.com. “I encourage interested residents to avail themselves of the platform through our web site. The platform is our effort to move Croton forward. In it we have laid out a clear and concise plan of action addressing the issues affecting our residents and village environment. Working together we can make an even better Croton for tomorrow.” DiFrancesco added.
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