Town of Lumberland Town Board candidates talk
I am against hydraulic fracturing. Natural gas is not a renewable energy. We need to look for alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and geothermal. Towns across the nation have preemptively passed local drilling bans or strict zoning laws to protect their citizens. The EPA has found that wells and aquifers have been contaminated as a result of fracking. Rural communities are being transformed into industrial zones. Governments have failed to enforce existing drilling regulations.
Why have you decided to run for town council and what do you hope to accomplish?
I want to be involved in the budgetary sessions and to do what I have done for over a decade when it comes to zoning and planning and getting involved in the growth of the town. I want to be the voice of the people. I am not the type of person who sees an opportunity for improvement and looks around for someone else to take action. I can utilize my experience and knowledge working with various townships to bring creative and efficient ideas to the table and work with the other members of the council to accomplish this.
Martha Tully is a full-time resident of the Town of Glen Spey who relocated three years ago from Suffolk County, NY. She is married and holds an AAS in Interior Design and an AAS in Paralegal Studies, both from Suffolk County Community College. She is a paralegal since 1995 with over 10 years of experience in dealing with various functions of town governments in New York including municipal planning, preservation of natural resources and historic places, code enforcement, public safety, enactment and enforcement of local laws and administrative procedures. Tully can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the three most pressing issues in the town?
1. Reducing the property tax burden by spending less and spending smarter. While families have had to tighten their belts more and more over the past four years, the town has spent taxpayer money like sailors on shore leave.
2. Reducing crime. Protecting the safety of our residents is of paramount importance. Burglaries and theft are on the rise, which left unchecked will embolden criminals to commit more crimes of increasing seriousness.