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Wayne Post
  • LETTER: Association opposed to highway superintendent change

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  • The towns of Macedon and Galen is considering a change for the highway superintendent position to go from elected by the people to appointed by the Town Board. The New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways Inc. opposes this change.
    In recent years, a number of communities around the state have held referendums giving voters the opportunity to change their highway superintendent from an elected position to an appointed one. In each of these elections voters voiced strong support for their superintendent to remain an elected position.
    Town of Savannah (Wayne County) 87 percent elected/13 percent appointed
    Town of Seneca (Ontario County) 64 percent elected / 36 percent appointed
    Town of Van Buren (Onondaga County) 74 percent elected/26 percent appointed
    Town of Lysander (Onondaga County) 66 percent elected/34 percent appointed
    Of New York’s 932 towns, 873 have elected highway superintendents while 59 are appointed. The state Association of Town Superintendents of Highways Board, whose membership includes both elected and appointed superintendents, has aggressively worked to ensure voters maintain their right to elect their highway superintendent.
    Who do you believe would be more responsive to the residents of Macedon and Galen, an elected highway superintendent that needs your vote every four years to stay in their position or an appointed official who reports to the Town Board?
    Please encourage your family members, friends and neighbors to vote against these propositions. Let them know you won’t give up your right as a resident to choose.
    Marty Roberts
    President, New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways
    Town of Reading, Schuyler County

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