Litten and Sullivan are committed to retaining village’s historic character

To the Editor:

People often take for granted the important role that our local elected officials play in making decisions that affect our day-to-day lives. The shape and look of our village will be altered dramatically in the coming months as Stewart’s plans its expansion, KeyBank closes its branch on Park Street, and other development proposals advance that threaten the unique character of Altamont.

We believe that the current village board has not listened enough to the concerns of the community and we need better representation moving forward.

It is time for a proactive approach for promoting sustainable development in the village while protecting the natural, scenic, and historic character that has made Altamont such a desirable place to live.

Thoughtful decision-making requires a commitment to openness, transparency, and being responsive to the concerns of the community. None of this occurred when the village rushed through its approval of Stewart’s rezoning request last fall, despite the legitimate concerns raised by hundreds of village residents who signed petitions, wrote letters, and spoke at the village board meeting in December.

Fortunately, there are two members of the Altamont community who are willing to lend their time and energy to serve on the village board. Simon Litten and James Sullivan both have a commitment to maintaining our village’s historic character, implementing the recommendations in the village’s comprehensive plan, and ensuring that all members of the community are heard when making decisions that are important to Altamont’s future.

For these reasons, we encourage residents of Altamont to vote for Simon Litten and James Sullivan in the village board elections on Tuesday, March 19, from noon to 9 p.m.

Laura Haight

Andrew Labruzzo

Altamont

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