An open letter from Kelly and Neil

Dear Groton Neighbors,

We are running for two seats on the Groton Town Board because we are concerned about many issues that the current Town Board has failed to address. The current Board members have become complacent, no longer responding to the community’s needs and concerns.  The legacy of the Town Board incumbents is years of neglect.  Groton deserves better and needs change!

While all other towns in Tompkins County have recognized the dangers of  hydro-fracking and have prohibited the process, the current Groton Town Board has failed to act. In states where fracking is occurring, there is evidence of water pollution and plummeting property values; the current Board refuses to respond to our concerns despite the fact that nearly 1000 Groton residents have signed a petition asking the Board to ban hydraulic fracturing.

People pay relatively high taxes to live here and have the right to enjoy the peace and quiet of their property. Local zoning regulations protect some, but not enough, of those rights. Zoning needs to be strong, logical, and enforceable, especially when addressing public nuisances such as noise and traffic.  The Town Board incumbents have repeatedly refused to address either issue.

Despite laws which require government to be open and transparent, most issues effecting our town are discussed behind closed doors and through private emails. Most public board meetings last a matter of minutes, during which most agenda items are never discussed.  We will strive to improve the lines of communication when it comes to town matters. We promise to remain accessible to all the residents of Groton and will listen to your concerns.

We love the beautiful, tranquil, rural character of Groton, but it needs revitalization.  We will work hard to protect our community assets and strive to improve what could be better. By promoting healthy hometown values, and by listening to you, we hope to unify and strengthen our community.

To change Groton politics and chart a positive course for the future, please vote for us on November 5th!

Thank you,

Kelly Smith and Neil Snyder

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About gracny

We are a group of Groton residents interested in raising public awareness of issues related to gas drilling, including land leasing and the methods and risks involved with unconventional gas drilling (a.k.a. “hydrofracking” or “fracking”). We believe that all of our neighbors, whether their land is leased or not, value clean drinking water, clean air, and the recreational opportunities and quality of life in Groton, NY.