Editor, The Spotlight
My name is Kyle Kotary and I am running to be your choice for Town Supervisor, because I love our community, I believe in public service, and I will continue to devote my time and energy to preserving our quality of life in Bethlehem.
I’m also running for Supervisor because of a deep-rooted tradition of public service learned from my late grandfather and one of my mentor’s, the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
They both taught me to speak my mind, stand up for what’s right, back up my ideas with facts, follow the rules and always work hard.
Most mornings, I start my day drinking a cup of coffee at my desk which has on it a framed photo of the Oath of the Athenian City-State which reads, “We will transmit this City not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”
As a member of the Bethlehem Town Board, I have fought to make our community a better place to live, work, and raise a family. As a consensus builder and team player, I have worked with my colleagues to keep the town’s finances in order and run our town effectively.
Our accomplishments include: implementing the town’s first comprehensive plan, becoming one of New York’s first Climate Smart Communities, being recognized as one of America’s best places to live, getting the Rail Trail open, saving Colonial Acres golf course, and improving our town parks.
I believe we can run a government that is innovative, progressive and fiscally responsible. That’s why the budgets I draft as Supervisor will always comply with Governor Cuomo’s tax cap.
I am committed to making Bethlehem a leader in environmental and green initiatives.
We should re-examine our budget process and review the Town’s Comprehensive Plan to ensure it still reflects our values and vision.
We need to make our zoning and planning processes more user-friendly and more business-friendly. And we can find significant savings through shared services. We also need to do a better job of bringing in economic development to better diversify our tax base.
My wife LJ and I chose to raise our three young children in Bethlehem. We love our Saturday morning ritual at the Delmar Farmers Market and spending winter weekends skating at the Elm Ave rink. We do hot summer days at the town pool, fall picnics at the Henry Hudson Park and hit the various ball fields in the spring.
I have worked hard to support, improve, and protect those wonderful community resources because of my belief in the ideals of that Athenian Oath –that as stewards of our community we should do our best to leave it better than it was given to us.
I’m proud to be the endorsed candidate of the Bethlehem Democratic Party and with your vote in the Democratic primary on September 13, and in the general election on November 8, we will preserve our quality of life in Bethlehem for years to come.
Bethlehem Supervisor Candidate and Town Board Member