Vote for Democrats
This coming election in November is very important even though the very interesting race for United States President is not until next year. There is a Democratic candidate for Clifton Park Town Board who is well-qualified - Kerensa Rybak. Whether or not she wins, the Republicans will still have a majority on the Town Board, but the many people in Clifton Park who have not been listened to over the years need the voice that she can provide. The time is way overdue for a change!
I urge all Democrats to vote party line only. I also urge all independents to vote for Democrats only.
I have been a registered Republican for over 40 years, and I also urge all Republicans to vote for Ms. Rybak. Why? Members of the current all Republican Town Board claim that it is very important for them to be "strict stewards" of the Town's money, yet they have failed to do so. Therefore, they, in particular, Town Supervisor Phil Barrett, did not want to buy the Shen land and turn it into a park. They wanted it to be commercially developed for various significant tax purposes, yet they showed zero leadership in this regard when residents fought for the opportunity to vote on the land sale.
The result is that Shenendehowa received $1.1 million for the property instead of the $2.1 million that BBL bid. Not good for Shen taxpayers, most of who live Clifton Park. The Town paid $1.1 million of Town money instead of zero! The Town also lost out on future property tax and sales tax revenue. Also, not good for Clifton Park taxpayers.
Over the past few years the Town Board has also rejected viable plans to develop the old Kmart property off Route 146 near Exit 9 of the Northway. So the property just sat around for 2 or 3 years as a useless eyesore, instead of producing tax revenue.
During the past few years I have spoken with many Town residents who would love to see some changes, any change, to the Town Board. Now is a great opportunity.
So, this November, please vote for Kerensa Rybak to start making changes for the better in Clifton Park. Also, even though after 20 years in office Supervisor Phil Barrett is running unopposed again, you can always write in the name of someone you deem to be qualified.
Anton G. Salecker
Endorsing Judge Rybak
I am writing this letter of endorsement of Judge Bob Rybak who is running unopposed for re-election to the position of Clifton Park Town Justice. While an unopposed candidate would normally not need letters of endorsement, I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t publicly speak on his behalf.
I first met Judge Rybak over 30 years ago when we both served on the CAPTAIN Board of Directors. In that capacity, I quickly learned that when child advocacy was necessary, there was no stronger voice that Bob’s. While he was an ardent supporter of the committee trying to plan a permanent Youth Shelter for our county, Bob and his wife Angie were so committed to the cause of displaced youth that they were one of a handful of families in our community who provided emergency shelter for these youth in their own home prior to the 1998 opening of the CAPTAIN Shelter Home.
Fast forward to 2017 and Bob played an integral part in assisting the Clifton Park Open Space Committee’s effort to stop the sale of the 37 acre school property to a developer. Bob’s commitment to that cause — given with the same personal investment of his time and reputation as his work on behalf of our youth and their families -- clearly made a huge difference in that highly contested campaign -- and to the eventual sale of the property to our town for use as a public park!
Judge Bob Rybak not only talks the walk — he personally invests in the community good. Please vote for this highly ethical and committed fellow citizen’s re-election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Re-elect Standaert, Whalen
This letter is to encourage all Clifton Park residents to get out and vote Nov. 5 and re-elect Town Board Councilwoman Amy Standaert and Councilman James Whalen. Having lived in this town for many years now, I continue to enjoy the many benefits of being a resident in this town due to the efficiency and effectiveness of our current town government.
Through effective policy enactment and smart planning, this Town Board has been able to bring significant diverse private investments to our town which has consequently added to our tax base and bolstered our economic strength. Whether it be healthcare, hospitality or small businesses, private entities continue to want to invest in our community.
While other municipalities seem to be struggling economically, our fiscally responsible Town Board can offer, maintain & even increase resident services without any increased burden to us as taxpayers. We continue to see examples of proactive infrastructure improvements and smart growth throughout our town.
Clifton Park remains one of the most attractive places for people to relocate their family or business to. This Town Board continues to operate in an honest, transparent, and ethical manner that always puts the interests of the Town and its residents first and foremost. Please vote to re-elect Ms. Standaert and Mr. Whalen and allow them the opportunity to continue to make Clifton Park a great place to live, work and play.
Seeking your vote
I have had the honor and privilege of serving as Clifton Park Town Justice for 40 years and I am once again asking for your vote on either the Democratic, Conservative, Working Families, Green or Independence Lines on Nov. 5.
I believe that my record of community involvement has benefited the residents of Clifton Park in a variety of ways. For example, I was a key member of the team that successfully fought to preserve 37 acres of pristine forest that the school district wanted to sell to a commercial developer. This land is now owned by the Town for community use.
In addition, I am a Member of the Clifton Park Youth Court Advisory Board; a parishioner, usher and volunteer at Corpus Christi Church; and a former board member of CAPTAIN and the Clifton Park Baseball League.
As your Town Justice, I require defendants to pay for any damage that they cause, attend a Victim Impact Panel when convicted of drunk-driving, and have a parent or legal guardian appear in Court if they are under the age of 18.
I have visited every election district this year, but ankle reconstruction surgery has prevented me from going door to door as much as I have done in the past. I am so grateful for the support that residents have given me in the past and I would be honored for their vote again this year.
If anyone has any questions, they can contact me at Rybak2019 @aol.com.