Groff will improve Northampton gov’t

A recent letter to the editor in The Leader-Herald in support of Jim Groff for Northampton supervisor cited Jim’s role in securing the senior citizens’ phone line staffed by volunteers from the Sacandaga Task Force for Senior Living.

As a member of the task force, I know how important that line has been for area seniors. They can now contact us to get rides to medical appointments, to sign up for bus trips to museums, concerts and other activities, and to secure the names of experienced area people who they can hire to provide services like leaf raking, gutter cleaning and window washing. When the task force first acquired the senior bus, Jim enabled us to park the bus in the village garage on Third Street.

I also volunteer for Sacandaga Valley Arts Network. SVAN summer concerts are held at the lovely Northville Waterfront Park. Jim has worked to upgrade the park in many ways, including the construction of our beautiful band shell. He also supports village grants that help pay for the high- quality musicians we have come to expect.

Jim also has supported the Community Preparedness Association. CPA is working to ensure Sacandaga area residents will have a generated shelter in the Northville Central School in the event of a weather-related disaster.

Once the generator is installed, NCS will be able to provide shelter for area residents when needed. The school also will be able to remain open during shorter-lasting power failures. This will mean children will not have to be sent home in the middle of the day when parents are generally at work. While this project is still in the development stage, Jim already has assisted us in various ways, including securing funds and working with the NCS superintendent to secure an intermunicipal agreement that will help us fund the project.

These are just a few examples of the many ways that Jim Groff has provided assistance to area residents. I am sure others can cite many other examples. At the present time, we don’t get the same kind of support from the town of Northampton. We need to have a town government that helps improve the lives of Northampton residents.

I am sure that when Jim Groff is elected supervisor, he will do just that.