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2 weeks ago

# Re-Elect Knut SauerMy name is Knut Sauer, and I am running for Re-Election as Councilman in the Town of Jay. I have brought high energy, dedication, hands on approach, and a drive for transparency and accountability to the council. During my first 18 months on the council I dedicated a lot of time and energy on educating myself through research, attending webinars & trainings and reading many publications. There is a lot to learn, and being a productive council member requires dedication, commitment, and a significant time investment. I have also had the opportunity to get a much better understanding of the inner workings of the town, both the positives and the challenges.I am committed, dedicated, and ready to take on another term as your town councilman. With the experience I have gained the past 18 months I will be able to be very productive and focus on moving the Town of Jay forward.For the past 26 years, I have worked as an international sales and marketing manager. My strong financial & budget acumen and planning & project management experience brings some critical skills to the town council. I serve as Vice President of the AuSable Acres Property Owners Association, and a very active volunteer with the local Rotary Club, North Country SPCA, ORDA/Mt. Van Hoevenberg, NYSEF at Whiteface, and founding member of the Au Sable River Valley Business Association.During the 2021 budget process I was adamant we stop the annual property tax increase, and our town wide general budget was slightly decreased, after years of increases. As your councilman I am strongly advocating for better long-term planning, including an infrastructure improvement and a capital equipment maintenance & replacement plan, and more responsible fiscal management. Being a very active member on the parks committee, with a hands-on approach, and with volunteer help we have done general upkeep at the Douglas Memorial Park, secured a grant and planted a pollinator garden, completed major upkeep by resetting the fence and rebuilt the garden beds at the Community Garden. We currently are in the process of upgrading our Children’s Park Playground having secured grants and donations to cover the cost of some new play equipment and a covered open-air structure. Our town planning board used to be comprised of the town council members. We now have an independent planning board comprised of great community volunteers, who are able dedicate the required time and effort, acquire the expertise needed, and at the same time free up the town council to focus their efforts on the many other town needs and challenges requiring attention.The wheels are in motion, but we have a lot of catching up to do to turn the economic tide in the Town of Jay, and it will take a lot of hard work, dedication, teamwork, and community involvement to achieve our joint goals. We need to welcome more community involvement and re-activate the Jay Task Force, initiate a comprehensive planning process, and develop a Vision for Jay that capitalizes on all the great things our town and community has to offer. We need to aggressively pursue grants and other non-property tax revenue and explore options and ideas to broaden our tax base, and not just increase or property taxes to keep up with costs. We need to bring new business to our town, capitalize on the growing tourism in the region, support and encourage potential investors, and make Jay a place to stop, not just a town to pass through. At the same time, we need to find a good balance for our full time residents and provide affordable housing, capitalizing on our towns ideal location between Lake Placid and Plattsburgh, while preserving our slower-paced, friendly atmosphere, and beautiful natural setting.Together we can achieve our common goals and see the Town of Jay prosper long into the future. Knut Sauerknutsauer@frontiernet.net ...
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3 weeks ago

Here's an idea that seems like a stretch - at first. Socially aware towns and cities around the world are painting rainbow sidewalks. This one is in Albany. The idea is to demonstrate - especially to visitors - that the community respects and embraces diversity. If they feel comfortable with that, perhaps they'll stop and patronize our businesses instead of driving through. Locals, especially the traditionally marginalized, would also appreciate the symbolism. I think it makes a great antidote to those visitor-repelling MAGA flags. ...
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4 weeks ago

Olivia Dwyer is running for the Town of Jay Town Council to serve and strengthen her community. She was born and raised in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, then left the area for 15 years to earn a degree in natural resources, work seasonal hospitality jobs in mountain towns, and build a 10-year career as a journalist focused on outdoor recreation across North America. In 2017, she and her husband moved to Upper Jay, where they now spend their free time making an old schoolhouse their home, hiking, skiing, and trying to keep up with their beagle, Pan. She now works as a children’s services caseworker for Essex County. # Democratic Candidate for Town of Jay CouncilAs a council member, Olivia’s priorities would be transparent communication between local government and Jay residents, sound infrastructure, supporting established and new local businesses, and maintaining public health and safety. Contact Olivia at dwyerforjay@gmail.com to start a conversation about the Town of Jay’s future. ...
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4 weeks ago

# Democratic Candidate for Town of Jay SupervisorMatthew J. StanleyTown of Jay Supervisor Candidate (D)841 Hazen Road 518-420-5646Au Sable Forks, NY 12912 matt2885@gmail.comAs a fourth generation resident of the Town of Jay, I grew up on our family farm in North Jay . My childhood consisted of early morning and late evening chores as we took care of the cattle and horses we raised as our 4-H projects. My parents, Marvin and Nancy, instilled very strong work ethics and time management skills in my siblings and I from a very young age. By the time I graduated from Au Sable Valley in 1995, I was caring for a small herd of cattle on Moon Valley Farm, while working at Santa's Workshop during the summer and fall, and working at Whiteface during the winter. At school I was a two sport athlete, a member of the drama club, in National Honor Society, on Student Council and active in band and chorus. After graduating from high school, I continued my education at SUNY Plattsburgh, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of South Florida while also working a full time job.I quickly landed a job at Raytheon Computer Systems in Bedford, Massachusetts. It did not take long for me to realize that you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy! I moved back home in 2001 and immediately started working at the place that brought me joy as a child, Santa's Workshop. I worked hard to become the General Manager and help preserve this treasure. To better support my family, I became a New York State Correction Officer in 2016 while retaining my position at Santa's Workshop. In 2002, I married my wife, Shannon, and we started our family, just up the road from where I grew up. We have two wonderful daughters, Jenna and Addie, who are AVCS high school students. While they were very young, we built the home of our dreams on the land that my grandparents, parents and I had farmed for many years. Since I have been back in the area, I sought out several ways to give back to the town that has given me so much. I joined the Jay Volunteer Fire Department in 2002 where I have served in various leadership positions. While both Jenna and Addie were growing up, I was very active as a coach in softball and soccer for the Town of Jay/Black Brook Youth Commission. In 2011, I became the director of the musical at Au Sable Valley and continue to do so to this day. Recently, I have become the modified softball coach at Au Sable Valley. Although this is my first time being a candidate for public office, I feel my life experience, leadership qualities, and compassion for my native town make me an excellent candidate for the office of Supervisor in the Town of Jay. ...
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