Fireworks: Well Ladies and Gentlemen I did not attend the fireworks and I will explain my position on this matter: My professional background as a Finance Director proves that the City of Kingston cannot afford the event and we must learn to conserve and not live above our means. I totally respect the wonderful benefactors that provide the funding but the fact remains that the City of Kingston cannot afford the celebration at this time. THERE IS NO MONEY
The review for the charter was not brought up for a political platform it was brought up by Alderman, Jen Fuentes who disagreed with Alderman Turco Levins proposal and recommended creating a non-partisan committee for review and discussion of the City Charter as it relates to this subject. I absolutely agree with this recommendation. I was in attendance at the meeting when this was discussed.
Our fine City has not had a Comprehensive Master Plan in 48 years. This is a reality and concerns me considerably. This should have been a focus of local city government long before now. I gave an outline of this on my prior posting. The Table of Organization must be changed and the Charter requires an entire review. Has anyone been reading what the City of Newburgh is facing financially? This is crucial and Kingston is definitely heading in this direction. We are bonding for almost every project that requires a considerable amount of finances: MILLIONS
I presented months ago at the Common Council public comment A SAFETY PLAN FOR THE FUTURE of KINGSTON. Emergency Response Teams by Ward: Without a Safe City there is NO CITY. Quality of Life is definitely a major concern during my campaigning over the last several weeks. Also the financial fate of the homeowner and the financial impact this year when the budget is proposed.
What is the financial fate of the homeowner and local business owners this year when the budget is proposed? The homeowner can no longer endure the rising cost of taxation and local businesses are leaving due to the increase in taxation and the rising cost of health care for their employees. The budget is the bible and I can assure you if I was on the common council I would be a NO vote for the BONDING PROPOSITIONS. Now this is not because I don't support the NEED but there is no money. And when the BONDING takes place this is the blue collar workers money who is trying to provide child care, mortgage payments, health care, taxes, rising cost of energy to heat and maintain a home, and where is the savings to afford his children an education they deserve someday?
My platform for Mayor includes a Comprehensive Business Plan for the future of the City of Kingston.
Jean Jacobs, GOP Candidate for Mayor
City of Kingston