Longer terms possible for supervisor, highway boss
NEW PALTZ >> Propositions on the town ballot next Tuesday will ask voters whether the terms of the town supervisor and highway superintendent should be four years instead of the current two.
Identical measures were defeated 10 years ago, though voters at that time did authorize a four-year term for the town clerk.
Town Supervisor Neil Bettez, who is in the first year of his two-year term, has said the additional time in office would allow projects to move forward without being hindered by re-election campaigns.
“I think it’s important,” Bettez said. “... It’s harder to get things done or harder to get things started and finished in a two-year time frame.
“By the time you get elected, you get programs started, you are...a yearand-a-half in, you start campaigning again, it takes a little bit of the time away,” he said. “Just for getting a lot of the complex tasks done, four years is more reasonable time frame.”
Bettez acknowledged concerns that people have about longer terms.
“I certainly think it’s nice to know that you can throw somebody out after two years,” he said.