The Republican Primary race for the top executive post in the town of Bolton looks a lot familiar.
Incumbent Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover is challenged by former Supervisor Alexander Gabriels, who vied with Conover in 2009 for the position.
Both cite deep experience: Conover’s includes service as Director of Planning and Community Development for Rome and Utica, and as chief of Rome’s Urban Renewal Agency. Gabriels’ resume mentions three terms as supervisor and service for eight years on the town board.
Both candidates identified their top priorities as keeping property taxes low, removing sand deltas in Lake George and protecting lakewater quality, updating town codes, eradicating Asian Clams and other invasive species, and upgrading roadways.
Gabriels also noted revision of zoning in compliance with the town Master Plan, plus providing responsive, accountable leadership, and depth of knowledge about local issues, needs and desires.
Conover identified other top issues of modernizing infrastructure including sewer, and water systems, improving off-street parking, expansion of business activity and protecting Bolton’s quality of life.
If re-elected, Conover said he would continue to obtain federal and state grants, promote further park improvements, complete a long-range waterfront revitalization plan for Bolton and eradicate Asian clams and other invasive species.
Gabriels said that if elected, he would maintain the stable tax rates, provide equitable enforcement of zoning codes, complete various trails initiatives and build a regulation soccer field.