EARLY VOTING BEGINS OCTOBER 26

October 26th, 2019 and until November 3rd, 2019 you will be able to cast a ballot before the November 5th, 2019 General Election.   If you know you will be away on the 5t h (note that absentee ballot rules have NOT changed this year) or will be travelling in the direction of Fort Edward on one of the scheduled dates and would like the convenience of voting early, you can take advantage of this.

Washington County Board of Elections Early Voting will be conducted at the Board of Elections Office, 383 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828:

Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am-2:00pm

Sunday October 27, 2019 9:00am-2:00pm

Monday October 28, 2019 9:00am-8:00pm

Tuesday October 29, 2019 9:00am-5:00pm

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:00am-8:00pm

Thursday October 31, 2019 9:00am-5:00pm

Friday November 1, 2019 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday November 2, 2019 9:00am-2:00pm

Sunday November 3, 2019 9:00am-2:00pm

If you want further information, you can contact the Washington County Board of Elections at (518) 746-2180 or visit their website at www.washingtoncountyny.gov.

Post Star ENDORSEMENT: Sara Idleman has right vision for Greenwich

It’s a challenge to encourage development in little rural towns like Greenwich.

“The town needs more businesses” — everyone says that, and of course it’s true.

But how do you attract businesses to agricultural towns nestled in the Washington County countryside? How do you persuade people to move there?

Sara Idleman, who has been the town’s supervisor for 10 years and is seeking re-election, has an answer: Improve the quality of life. Idleman emphasizes her efforts to expand the town’s parks and improve its hiking and biking trails; to coordinate the town’s efforts with those in other communities, including in Saratoga County; and to make regional trail connections, such as to the Champlain Canalway Trail, that will tap into the growing recreational tourism market.

This is a smart and effective strategy that plays to the town’s strengths. Greenwich has beautiful landscapes and a charming downtown. It has miles of country roads through rolling hills with very little traffic. It has an active and impressive local arts scene.

Grants for parks and the development of recreational and cultural opportunities are available, and under Idleman’s leadership, the town has tapped into those funding streams. She makes a persuasive case that improving the local quality of life can attract residents and entrepreneurs to Greenwich. The first priority is to make the town a place where smart, creative people want to live.PauseCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:00Stream TypeLIVELoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00Fullscreen00:00Mute

Idleman’s challenger, Don Ward, has an impressive background as a longtime federal law enforcement officer, including years as a top supervisor for the U.S. Marshals Service. He handled budgets, communications, the setting of goals and oversaw 600 employees nationwide, Ward said. In hiring his personal staff, he liked to recruit people from a variety of backgrounds to get a diversity of thought, and he would use the skills he developed — listening to many voices, reaching consensus — in the supervisor’s job.

Ward identified the town’s “stagnant business environment” as a problem and said he would talk to business  leaders interested in coming to Greenwich about the town’s friendly business environment and its other strengths. He stressed transparency, too, and pointed to the use of a website program by the town of Chester to continually update and explain its budget as “a great idea.” We agree with him on that.

We are not persuaded, however, that reaching out to business leaders is enough to make Greenwich grow. The town needs a vision, and Idleman has one that fits. Greenwich does not have a lot of money to spend — it cannot, for example, give big companies tax breaks to move to town, because it does not have tax dollars to spare. What it can do is play on its strengths — beautiful countryside and rural charm — to attract tourists and residents.

Idleman mentioned that the town budget now being formulated might exceed its tax cap and also that it includes a 4% raise for town employees. That raise could be reduced to ensure the budget stays under the tax cap, which would benefit all of the town’s residents. Idleman seemed unsure about details of the town’s finances — not ideal in a supervisor.

Nonetheless, we endorse Idleman’s vision for the town and believe she has been guiding it in the right direction. Ward is a good candidate, but we would like to see him get some local political experience, perhaps on the town Planning Board or on the Town Board, before taking on the supervisor’s duties. We encourage Greenwich residents to re-elect Sara Idleman.

They Go Low – We Go High

Vandalized Sign Replaced

Our large double billboard on Main Street in Greenwich was vandalized recently.

We obviously don’t know who knocked it out of the ground and broke the sign off of its posts. It happened overnight. The sign at the south end of the village on Hill Street was also hit. We believe these were acts of hooliganism perpetrated by lone actors, working outside the realm of civil political discourse, something we are seeing way too much of.

Our choice was to respond, not in kind, but with a gesture that expresses both our love for Greenwich and its residents and our belief that the most effective way to stand up for our Constitution is to refuse to be silenced or intimidated by bullying intended to take away the voice of others.

Join Us to Talk With Greenwich Voters!

Our Candidates from the Democratic and Open Government Parties are out in the community talking with voters about what they want from Greenwich’s Town Council. They need your help to reach as many homes in our Town as possible before Election Day, less than 5 weeks away.

Please sign up on our SignUp.com calendar to let them know when you can give a couple of hours.  Speaking directly with voters is not the only aspect of canvassing.  We also need volunteers who will partner up to take notes on voters’ issues and questions, help distributing materials and drive canvassers to the rural parts of our Town.  We will provide you with everything you need.

The dates are all weekends. Please click the button below to learn more and sign up. Thanks for participating and helping us win on November 5!

You Don’t Have to Wait! New York Adopts Early Voting

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You don’t have to wait!  Beginning October 26th, 2019 and until  November 3rd, 2019 you will be able to cast a ballot before the November 5th, 2019 General Election.   If you know you will be away on the 5t h (note that absentee ballot rules have NOT changed this year) or will be travelling in the direction of Fort Edward on one of the scheduled dates and would like the convenience of voting early, you can take advantage of this.

Washington County Board of Elections Early Voting will be conducted at the Board of Elections Office, 383 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828:

Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am-2:00pm

Sunday October 27, 2019 9:00am-2:00pm

Monday October 28, 2019 9:00am-8:00pm

Tuesday October 29, 2019 9:00am-5:00pm

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:00am-8:00pm

Thursday October 31, 2019 9:00am-5:00pm

Friday November 1, 2019 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday November 2, 2019 9:00am-2:00pm

Sunday November 3, 2019 9:00am-2:00pm

If you want further information, you can contact the Washington County Board of Elections at (518) 746-2180 or visit their website at www.washingtoncountyny.gov.

Celebrating and Protecting Open Government

Protecting and expanding New York’s legal tradition of guaranteeing the public’s right to know what our government is or is not doing is the purpose Candidates Sara Idleman, Audrey Fischer and Pat Donahue are running for.  Far beyond living up to the letter of the law, they believe open government goes beyond responding to FOIL requests or having the public sit in on meetings.  It means upholding and enhancing the spirit and intent of the law and opening up the full process of governing to the people.

Once in office, they pledge to continue this dialogue and to fulfill the vision of the Sunshine Laws to engage with Town residents, to ask for their input for solutions to problems as well as for new ideas to enhance the quality of life in Greenwich.  They will form citizen task forces and advisory groups.  Most importantly, they will act on the recommendations that arise from these efforts.

Your vote for Sara, Audrey and Pat is what will make the 45th anniversary of New York’s Sunshine Laws the year real open government comes to Greenwich.