Your 8th Ward Councilman
I am honored to serve as your 8th Ward Councilman and pledge to work diligently to enhance the quality of life here in the 8th Ward and Poughkeepsie at large. I have no desire to be a politician; politicians are often rigid and unwavering, frequently say one thing while meaning another, and are primarily driven by the status of the office. My goal is that of being a public servant--I want to serve you, and in so, represent your voice in City Government. Unfortunately, I have to act the role of the former to achieve the honor of the latter.
When my partner, our daughter, and I moved to Poughkeepsie in 2012. we were attracted by a city brimming with possibility, one rich in history and diversity and ripe with potential. Which isn’t to say that we were blinded to its challenges. There are many--as you are aware--including a crime rate that for the first seven months in 2013 saw a 59 percent increase in firearm-related violent crime and a 100 percent increase in the number of shooting victims from 2012 to 2013; an employment paradigm that sees most of the lucrative jobs in the area awarded to those who live outside of the city, a city budget that minimizes the city’s financial shortfalls and aggrandizes its gains, immeasurable hurdles to economic development, and an unresponsive, vague and ambiguous executive administration. We can and must change this if we are going to achieve the potential that attracted me and my family to this city.
You and your family deserve better!
We can do better: wes by pursuing grant funding to help our police department make more efficient and effective use of our resources, incentify employers to hire city residents, encourage partnerships with local businesses and property owners such as that occurring on Parker Avenue, and foster the benchmarks of good governance: accountability, transparency, and accessibility.
I ask you to cast a vote on November 5 for Tracy Hermann, and to help reclaim our City. I am passionate about serving as your council representative and will work very hard to represent you...all of you in the coming term.
Your help is needed...
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