Dear Tuxedo Neighbors,
I am running for election as Councilperson of the Town of Tuxedo on Tuesday, November 3. Important decisions will be made by the Town Board that will have great impact on our community for years to come. Now more than ever, crucial oversight by the Board of the budget, Town operations and approved development is essential. The time is now to elect a dedicated Councilperson with the business experience and analytical skills that I will bring to the Board – to develop economically and ecologically sound policies.
Since moving to Tuxedo in 1995 with Jake and our two daughters, I have been actively involved in the community, have attended numerous Board meetings and I have analyzed the budget and other critical issues. I have been in the forefront of efforts to protect our way of life from inappropriate development. I strongly believe that we can find a better solution for economic growth that is sustainable for the long-term and that will attract ratables and new residents. By representing you on the Town Board, I can be even more effective in resolving issues that we face.
Resolution of the Town’s Budget Crisis
Lack of oversight and poor budget projections by the Town Board resulted in our current budget crisis. Money from the casino applicant and Tuxedo Farms temporarily bridged this shortfall. But we still need to restructure the budget to make up any ongoing deficits and we need to be diligent in monitoring the Town’s cash flow. Appropriate fund balances must be built up and then maintained.
My years in the Municipal Bond Department are directly applicable to the needs of the Town Board:
I understand financial statements, cash flow and municipal creditworthiness. I will dedicate my experience as Vice President at JP Morgan and my education in Mathematics at Smith College to solving our fiscal problems. Having worked on various non-profit boards over twenty-five years, I understand the need for consensus and I have developed the crisis management and problem-solving skills to be an effective and responsive Town Councilperson.
The Need for Independent Oversight
Tuxedo Farms will bring growth to Tuxedo but oversight of the development is critical. The developer has been granted many waivers from the Special Permit issued in 2004 after extensive negotiations. While some changes were necessitated by topographical challenges, other changes will alter the town-friendly character of the development that was one of the goals of the Special Permit and Smart Code design guidelines. We must ensure that the Local Development Corporation, funded by Tuxedo Farms, meets its goals of funding business in Tuxedo.
Achieving Long-term Sustainable Economic Growth
Now, more than ever, is the time to move forward to promote economic growth that will benefit the Town and our schools. To that end, I am working with A Better Tuxedo, a community-wide committee that is collaborating with our residents, the Chamber of Commerce and the Orange County Citizens Foundation to establish Tuxedo as a destination for outdoor activities and eco-tourism and to revitalize our downtown. We will encourage implementation of key components of the Update of the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted by the Town Board in 2011. To aid these efforts, I will work to secure County and State funding for projects.
Outside Threats to Our Future
Tuxedo and our surrounding area continue to be threatened by outsiders’ developments and projects such as the Pilgrim Pipeline. Through my active involvement in Target Tuxedo, an organization dedicated to informing residents about issues that will impact our environment, I have kept abreast of developments and have increased my understanding of the potential issues and risks. As a Board Member of Sterling Forest Partnership, I will be able to effectively use the resources that SFP has developed to help coordinate the Town’s response. To further protect Tuxedo from inappropriate development, I believe that our entire zoning code needs to be reviewed and strengthened.
Our Infrastructure and Emergency Services
Our emergency responders and police force are a top priority for our Board. I believe a review of response systems and necessary infrastructure - especially water access and pressure for the fire department - is needed to ensure that our emergency personnel can act quickly.
Development of a united community is my passion. Connections among the neighborhoods of Tuxedo are challenged by distances, topography and two different school districts. Meeting the needs of each residential area must be a priority of the Town Board. Innovative use of technology could unite our neighborhoods. I am encouraged by the efforts of A Better Tuxedo and believe it is a first step in building a community we can be proud of.
I vow to pledge my time, skills and energy to work for you. Please support my candidacy so that I may serve all residents on the Town Board. Now is the time to vote for a candidate based on merit. Thank you for your time.
Let's work together.
GET TO KNOW MICHELE
Get to know Michele Kennedy Lindsay
• Resident of Tuxedo for 20 years / Native of Ramsey and Allendale, NJ
• Married for 33 years to Jake Lindsay with two daughters
Smith College, BA Mathematics
NYU Stern School of Business Management, Courses in Accounting and Finance
Vice President, JPMorgan
•Research analyst: Money Markets; Municipal Bonds; Mortgage-backed Securities •Sales/Trading: Municipal Bonds; Mortgage-backed Securities
Vice President, Dean Witter Reynolds
Head, Short-term Municipal Bond Sales
Mathematics Teacher, Tuxedo Park School Tuxedo
Village of Tuxedo Park Improvement Advisory Committee
Tuxedo Park School
• Committee Chair: Facilities and Technology Strategic Planning; Lecture Series; Benefits • Committee Member: Development Committee; Class Parent Committee
St. Mary’s Preschool
Tuxedo Park Garden Club
President, Treasurer, Committee Chair
Sterling Forest Partnership
A Better Tuxedo
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR TOWN OF TUXEDO SUPERVISOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS NOVEMBER 3, 2015 ELECTION
October 27, 2015-last day to mail application for an Absentee Ballot
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I am writing to express my support for Tuxedo Town Council Candidate Michele Lindsay.
I have been working with Michele for nearly two years on various efforts to improve the Town of Tuxedo and through these volunteer efforts have found her passion and commitment to Tuxedo inspiring. She has worked towards creating a town that we can be proud of, a town that has lasting appeal and long-term vision, and has encouraged governance that is open and participatory. She understands the great skills and talent that the residents of Tuxedo hold and, I believe, she will work to put policies and procedures in place that allow the town to tap into one of its greatest resources – its residents. Most importantly, I believe she will listen to all residents of Tuxedo and make a true effort to gauge the sentiment of the community before making a decision, as well as provide explanations for how and why she came to her conclusions.
She has experience in municipal finance and the knowledge to address the current budget shortfall, without sacrificing the long-term well-being of the town. She has the advantage of a fresh perspective – one that is not currently represented on the town board. And, as is the case with many of the individuals moving into this area, Michele also sees the value of an oasis of green such a short distance from New York City and will not expect an outside entity to provide a panacea for the current struggles our town is facing.
If you are looking for true change in Tuxedo – change that is sustainable and with long-term vision – I encourage you to vote Michele Lindsay for town council.
Dear Town of Tuxedo Voters:
On November 3rd, Tuxedo will elect two Town Board members from among three competing candidates. Your vote for candidate Michele Lindsay is essential for improving the financial health of Tuxedo.
For several years running, Tuxedo has continued to face major challenges arising from uncontrolled budget expenditures, operating deficits, and the discovery at the end of 2014 of significant accounting discrepancies. These material events were confirmed by the Office of the NYS Comptroller that conducted a year-long audit of the Town’s books and issued a report highly critical of the Town’s lax management process and inadequate financial reports to the Tuxedo Town Board, which over the years presided over this serious, deteriorating situation with little apparent attention, questions, or concern.
The Town’s on-going financial crisis appears to have been made worse by the oversight failure of the Town Council. Some of these same members continue in office today. In response, the Town hired professional consultants to address the Town’s multiple financial accounting and control deficiencies.
Now is the time for Tuxedo voters to elect new Board talent – not to re-elect those that were oblivious to the Town’s growing financial debacle. The Board needs Michele’s experience, talent and energy to ask necessary questions, take responsibility for raising standards, provide oversight and help solve problems. The Town really can’t afford to do otherwise. Let’s hope the voters agree and elect candidate Michele Lindsay for Tuxedo Town Council. For more information visit www.LindsayForTuxedo.com.
Hon. Houston A. Stebbins
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