Sue Crane, candidate for Town Supervisor

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Supervisor Sue Crane will appear unopposed on the Republican, Conservative and Independence ballot lines in the November 8, 2011 election.

General Information
Education: Bard College, BA 1975, Dutchess Community College AA 1973, Red Hook Central School 1958
Experience: Town Supervisor from 2008-present, Town Councilwoman from 1998-2008.

Specific Experience
As an experienced public official I have developed relationships in our local community and at all levels of government. My ability and willingness to engage others in problem-solving has enabled the Town to move forward on projects that have been beneficial to local residents including most recently – the new construction of a long-awaited, much-needed highway garage. As the Town’s chief fiscal officer I have worked to maintain a responsible business environment while being prudent with decisions that impact our taxpayers. It has been a pleasure and privilege to foster a professional environment and competent, dedicated staff who enjoy working together.

Challenges due to a changing political and economic environment have required thoughtful cooperation, energetic collaboration, patient long-range planning as well as a realistic projection of the Town’s role in the region. I enjoy bringing people together to address problems, reach compromises and create innovative solutions.

Citizens long for decision makers who are not afraid to tell the truth and are willing to stand by their decisions, even in the face of controversy. In my years of public service, the Town of Red Hook has been a proven leader in affordable senior housing solutions; long-range planning and zoning decisions; recreation parks and programs for all age groups; and community sustainable energy projects. I have consistently supported the town’s vital farming industry, the community preservation plan, open space plan and historic preservation. I continue to explore ways of merging the town’s concerns with our two villages’ in the best interests of all our residents.

Why should voters select you on election day?
A proven administrator, I am financially conservative and an experienced, skillful manager. I willingly accept responsibility, execute plans, listen to others and build consensus, yet am able to accept disappointments without becoming discouraged. Today’s challenges require leaders who are seeking accomplishments not personal recognition. I ask for help when necessary and am comfortable letting others take credit. I believe my strengths include relationship building in the community and with public officials at all levels. I support policies that make Red Hook a desirable community to live, work and raise a family. I am honored to be running unopposed for a second term as Town Supervisor.

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