Ticonderoga incumbent Supervisor Deb Malaney has challenged Republican challenger Bill Grinnell and independent candidate Steve Whitford to a debate before the Nov. 5 general election.
Ticonderoga voters may have an opportunity to see supervisor candidates face off in a debate.
Incumbent Supervisor Deb Malaney has challenged Republican challenger Bill Grinnell and independent candidate Steve Whitford to a debate before the Nov. 5 general election.
“The people of Ticonderoga deserve to hear directly from each candidate for supervisor before Election Day,” Malaney said. “We need an open discussion about our experience, qualifications and plans for Ticonderoga’s future.”
Grinnell said he will welcome a debate, although he wants to know the dates, formats and details before formally agreeing.
“I am absolutely willing to have a debate with Ms. Malaney and Mr. Whitford,” Grinnell said. “I certainly would relish the opportunity to address the issues facing Ticonderoga.”
Whitford is also willing to debate, but said his participation will depend on the dates.
“I’m more than willing to discuss the issues in this election,” he said. “It all depends when they want to debate.”
Whitford said he will be out of town at the end of October.
Malaney said she is running on her record in office. She is a two-term incumbent.
“I am the only candidate to put forward a viable plan to provide safe and reliable, affordable drinking water, the only candidate with experience crafting a municipal budget, and the only candidate with a history of attracting new businesses to our community,” she said.
Grinnell, a long-time Ticonderoga businessman, believes Ticonderoga needs a change of leadership.
“There are options for Ticonderoga’s infrastructure, economy and future that need to be considered,” he said. “We need to take a fresh look at town government.”
Unlike his rivals, who are fiscal conservatives, Whitford sees a need to raise taxes in Ticonderoga.
“We can not continue to cut our budgets as there is not a lot left to trim,” he said. “We need to exceed the 2 percent tax cap in order to move ahead. I am a taxpayer, too. I do not want to pay anymore to the government, but we can not support the much-needed repairs around our town. Many roads, sidewalks, water and sewer infrastructure, town buildings are in grave need of repair — not to mention the debt load our community carries.
“We need to increase our revenue in baby steps to bring these debts under control,” he said.
Whitford has served on the Ticonderoga town board the past eight years. He worked 20 years as a patrolman in the Ti Police Department.
Malaney and Grinnell have opposing positions on several key issues facing the town, including the on-going water project and the need for a town manager.
“This election comes down to a very clear choice,” Malaney said. “Do we continue to move Ticonderoga forward or do we go backwards?”
Grinnell agreed the choice is clear.
“A lot of people are upset with the current administration and believe Ticonderoga needs a change,” he said. “I’ll provide that change.”