To win an election, a party needs three basic elements: money, good candidates and a cogent set of beliefs. Today, we'll tackle the third demand on that list.
On June 15, the New Milford Democratic Party adopted a platform for the coming campaign. These represent the core principles and solutions by which we will lead and govern the town when our candidates are elected on Nov. 3. We don't expect everyone to agree with us on every issue but we make just one promise: We will act in a transparent and responsive manner so that the sentiments of the people of New Milford are not ignored.
The administration has failed to engage in the type of long-term planning needed to develop a coherent policy of development and economic growth. What should New
Milford look like in 2020? We will solicit public input and write a plan to find a balance between unfettered development and preserving valuable green space.
Building big-box stores along Route 7 and other arteries brings only minimum-wage jobs and add precious little value to the town's tax base while contributing to accidents and congestion. We will put a priority on attracting light industry along Pickett District Road and other industrial zones while keeping the interests of neighborhoods in mind.
We need to preserve New Milford's unique character and improve our quality of life in order to attract businesses and convince people to buy the scores of homes that are
up for sale. That means providing a better education for our children, reviewing how we deal with our devastating drug problem, paving the roads and providing more recreational opportunities, among other steps.
The Board of Education ignored the public's overwhelming sentiment in closing the John Pettibone School and members acted in an underhanded, secretive manner in voting to give the facility to the town which wants to develop the property. We would prefer the town hold onto the site and save money by relocating agencies and closing the East Street administration building.
We decry the administration's original plan to relocate Loaves & Fishes to the outer reaches of town where people would have been unable to obtain essential services. There is more -- much more -- in the document. Have a read and let's start a conversation on how to make New Milford a better place to live.
Chair New Milford Democratic Town Committee