Gov. Andrew Cuomo has endorsed Bethany Kosmider in her bid to be re-elected Crown Point supervisor. It’s believed to the first time a governor has ever formally endorsed a local supervisor candidate.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has endorsed Bethany Kosmider in her bid to be re-elected Crown Point supervisor.
It’s believed to the first time a governor has ever formally endorsed a local supervisor candidate.
“I consider it an honor to be recognized for my work by Gov. Cuomo,” Kosmider said. “I am energized and more determined to continue in my quest for equality and fairness of all our citizens, while making Crown Point an attractive choice to visit, live and work.”
Kosmider, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Charles Harrington.
“New York needs local leaders like Beth Kosmider,” Cuomo said. “Her commitment to fiscal responsibility and fairness serves Crown Point and New York well.
“In her first term in office, Supervisor Kosmider is working to secure the resources needed to improve Crown Point’s water system and other infrastructure,” the governor said. “She is working to secure FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) reimbursement to help Crown Point recover from spring floods and Hurricane Irene. She is currently seeking support to help the town rebuild the Monitor Bay retaining wall.
“Supervisor Kosmider has also been working to reduce the cost and improve the effectiveness of town government by moving from three elected assessors to one appointed assessor and implementing a drug testing policy for town employees who operate heavy equipment,” Cuomo added.
Kosmider led an effort to eliminate Crown Point’s three-member, elected board of assessors in favor of a sole appointed assessor. The move, which was approved by the town board by a 3-2 vote, has proven to be controversial.
Kosmider and her supporters claimed the sole assessor will save Crown Point taxpayers money. They also point out nine other towns in the county have made the switch to a sole assessor, which has been recommended by state as a way to consolidate and shrink government.
Crown Point’s elected assessors and their supporters have been outspoken in their opposition to the change. They have don’t believe the change will save money and believe the issue should have been decided by a townwide referendum of voters.
The pro-elected assessor faction has endorsed Harrington. Signs throughout the community call for Kosmider to be ousted from office.
Harrington did not return calls seeking comment on the governor’s decision to involve himself in the Crown Point race.
The endorsement by Cuomo is important, Kosmider said.
“I am elated and proud to receive Gov. Cuomo’s endorsement,” Kosmider said. “His support makes me want to work harder on behalf of the citizens of Crown Point.”