Two vie for supervisor’s position in town of Broadalbin
BROADALBIN – Challenger Thomas Christopher is running against incumbent Joseph DiGiacomo for the town supervisor position.
In the Republican primaries in September, Christopher beat DiGiacomo by a 292-179 count, according to the Fulton County Board of Elections.
Christopher’s name will be on both the Republican and the independent Patriot Party lines in the Nov. 5 general election.
DiGiacomo will be on the Conservative line in the election.
DiGiacomo, who was elected as the town supervisor in 2009, previously served as the deputy supervisor from 2002 to 2009. He became a town councilman in 2000. DiGiacomo owns Midnight Oil in Broadalbin.
DiGiacomo said one of his goals, if re-elected, would be to redesign the town’s website to allow for more use.
“Anything you can do at the town hall, you can do online,” DiGiacomo said.
DiGiacomo said he wants to look into building a new town highway garage down the road from the current one. According to DiGiacomo, the current garage is in poor condition. However, DiGiacomo said a project like that may need to wait.
DiGiacomo said he also wants to repair the current tumultuous relationship between the Town Board and town Highway Superintendent Lance Winney.
“I’ve always been open to fixing whatever problems seem to be there,” DiGiacomo said.
DiGiacomo said he would look at zoning issues in the town if re-elected.
The town has no zoning code. Town officials review project proposals.
“We talked about some kind of lake zoning,” DiGiacomo said. “It is a tough situation, it really is.”
DiGiacomo said if he were to see a code put into place, he would want the code to be flexible. DiGiacomo said the town would need to be open to business, but he said he understands officials need to address the concerns of the public.
“If we were going to bring some kind of businesses to the area, we
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would need to handle it issue by issue,” DiGiacomo said.
Christopher, 61, served for 36 years in the U.S. Postal Service. Before retiring in 2010, he served as the postmaster in Gloversville for 16 years.
Christopher said he is positive going into the November election.
“Well, I have gotten a great deal of positive responses from the community,” Christopher said.
Christopher said one of his biggest goals is to get a cooperative government in place.
“As a former postmaster, I have gone through extensive training [with team building],” Christopher said.
His goal is to make sure everyone in town government knows his or her positions and goals, and strives to benefit the town.
“It has to be much more communicative and more cooperative,” Christopher said of town government.
Christopher said he hopes to help keep the Town Board informed about issues before he asks members to vote on them.
“It has to open up so everybody can vote as an informed person,” Christopher said.
Christopher said, while the town garage is in disrepair, he would need to look at the problem before voting to repair or rebuild it.
“There has to be a little bit of research,” Christopher said.
Christopher said he wants to promote the county as a region for businesses to come to.
According to Christopher, Fulton County is in a good position to bring in industries such as nanotechnology.
“We should really do our homework and be prepared for it,” Christopher said.
The position has a term of four years and carries a salary of $11,300 per year from the town and $7,500 from Fulton County.