Anthoine Seeks Mayoral Slot
Alison Anthoine is running for Cold Spring mayor.
Describe your background and why you should be elected. (max 75 words)
I’ve loved this village since I moved here 6-1/2 years ago. I love its history, character and beauty and feel privileged to make Cold Spring my home.
I’ve spent 5 years as a director of the Chamber, the last half as President; 3 years on the Zoning Board; and nearly 40 years as a lawyer and entrepreneur. As an active bridge-builder, I enjoy working with people from across the political and economic spectrum. With my leadership and skills we can best address the challenges the village faces.
What are the three most critical issues facing the village, and how should they be addressed? (max 200 words)
Repairing the upper dam: This is both a complicated and expensive project, and requires the cooperation of NYC. There are many logistics to be worked out, and financing to be raised, but I would aim to have the project completed during the next two years.
Tourism: Like it or not, Cold Spring’s beauty is widely publicized and we face an ever-increasing number of visitors. We need to provide for garbage disposal, bathrooms and other services consumed by our visitors without burdening the village taxpayers. We must address this head on by seeking funds from the County and from all other available sources.
The Firehouse: The roof of this village-owned property is now beyond repair and needs to be replaced, as does the air conditioning system. The building has other problems as well. We need to engage in a discussion with the Fire Company and reach a conclusion on whether we should look to move the Fire Company elsewhere or invest in renovating the existing building.
Consolidation has been talked about, but not consummated, for several years. Your take on what and how, if at all? (max 75 words)
I want to work with as many qualified people as I can to explore opportunities that could lead to reducing our costs and/or increase our revenues, but of paramount concern to me is that we preserve the character, beauty and safety of the village that we all love.
Can the village do any more to assist or encourage business in the village? (max 75 words)
We should prepare a simple guide that shows what the village requires of a new or expanding business. At present, it isn’t at all clear. Beyond that, there have been cases of conflicting interpretations of the village’s laws by the building inspector and the planning board, which adds to the confusion. In addition, the street lighting on Main Street needs to be improved.
Read more on the Cold Spring mayoral race here.