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October 2011

Election Day pancake breakfast

November 8, 2011

All-you-can-eat at Unity Grange Hall, 8am-1pm, $8. Benefits Unity Grange Hall remodel project.

Long Term Care Council meeting

October 19, 2011

Information on long-term care services in Sullivan County in Legislative Committee Room, Gov't Center, 3-4:30pm. 845/807-0257.

Senior safety day

October 19, 2011

Day of informative speakers & fun at Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 9am-1pm, free (donations appreciated). Free buffet lunch. Door prizes. 845/807-0241 or 292-5250.

Some thoughts about fracking/gas drilling

In the course of campaigning for the position of Supervisor of the Town of Delaware, I have frequently been asked if I am “for or against” gas drilling. I submit the following statement of just some of my thoughts and concerns about this complex issue, and invite you to answer the question yourself – are you “for or against” gas drilling?  Read more

Large majority opposes fracking in Sullivan;500 county residents polled

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY – A new poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research shows that a large majority of residents in Sullivan County oppose hydraulic fracturing and favor the enactment of zoning regulations that would restrict it.  Read more

Damascus Township

What other issues, if any, do you think are of prime importance to the town, and how would you propose to handle them?

JOE CANFIELD - Running for Town Supervisor (R)

No response received from candidate.

DOLORES KEESLER - Running for Town Supervisor (D)

Other issues are:

1. Financial clarity. Clarify the format of financial reporting.  Read more

Damascus Township

Recently the township board took away the power of the zoning board to rule on gas drilling permits and gave it to the planning commission, thereby taking power away from a body independent of the board and giving it to one dependent on the board. Do you think this was a good move?

JOE CANFIELD - Running for Town Supervisor (R)

No response received from candidate.

DOLORES KEESLER - Running for Town Supervisor (D)

This question is not accurate. Gas extraction was previously lumped under mineral extraction and as such was a "special exception." To get a permit, an application had to be reviewed by the zoning board followed by a public hearing, then voted on by the supervisors.   Read more

Damascus Township

Do you think gas drilling is a positive opportunity for the town, and if not, what do you think the other opportunities are?

JOE CANFIELD - Running for Town Supervisor (R)

No response received from candidate.

DOLORES KEESLER - Running for Town Supervisor (D)

It is the individual right of landowners to lease their land for drilling, but we don't live in isolation. Individuals are still accountable to neighbors and the community for the impact of activity on their land, water, and air.   Read more

Damascus Township

Some Damascus voters have complained that they feel left out of government, with decisions being made without adequate public input or open discussion. Do you think this is a fair complaint or not, and why? Give examples if possible.

JOE CANFIELD - Running for Town Supervisor (R)

No response received from candidate.

DOLORES KEESLER - Running for Town Supervisor (D)

Left out of government? Is this a fair complaint? Yes, it is a fair complaint; many disagree with the form of the agenda, and the way it is presented prior to meetings.   Read more

Damascus Township

Typically, supervisors have doubled as road masters in Damascus. Do you think it is important to maintain this tradition, or would it be as good or better to separate the responsibilities?

JOE CANFIELD - Running for Town Supervisor (R)

No response received from candidate.

DOLORES KEESLER - Running for Town Supervisor (D)

Quoting the supervisors handbook: “…Supervisors have a statutory duty to repair and maintain public roads… In many rural townships, supervisors actively work on the roads, serving as roadmasters or laborers… however, there is no requirement for supervisors to work on the roads… ”  Read more