Longer terms pos­si­ble for su­per­vi­sor, high­way boss

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

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.


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