Editor, The Spotlight:
As a lifelong resident, an owner of several local businesses over the years, and a former candidate for Town Supervisor, I wholeheartedly support Kyle Kotary as our next Town Supervisor.
I met Kyle in the summer of 2007 as I was running for the office and was struck by how friendly, fair and nice he was to me even though, at the time, we were on competing sides. I was pleasantly surprised at how professional, non-political and genuine he really was. Since then, Kyle and I have become close friends, not because of politics, but because we share many common interests including our community.
The Kyle Kotary I know is nothing like the person his political opponents would have you believe. Having gotten to know him, I can assure you the negative attacks coming from his opponents are simply unfounded and untrue.
Kyle truly cares about our community. He has a passion for local government and has a record of giving back to our Town in many ways, some public and some private. He contributes to our community every day as a coach, mentor, business owner, supporter of local organizations, and more.
Yes, he is a government professional with decades of experience at the federal, state and local levels. Yes, he is a smart political strategist and has an impressive record of winning elections.
But he’s much more than that. Kyle has a comprehensive understanding of all the issues facing the Town of Bethlehem today and in the future. Having served on the Town Board for the past six years, his experience putting together fiscally responsible and balanced town budgets, his management background in both the private and public sectors, and his academic background including his Master’s in Public Administration from the nation’s top program at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, more than qualify him for the position.
In fact, Kyle has also been recognized twice by the CAPITOL newspaper as one of the 40 under 40 top leaders in New York State government in 2009 and as one of the Capitol Region’s top elected leaders in 2008. Furthermore, Kyle was accepted into the CAPITAL LEADERSHIP program of top local business and government leaders, and is a 2005 graduate of the FBI Citizens’ Academy. Kyle as won seven Empire Awards for professional excellence in communications and public affairs, and in 2000, received an award from the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, for “his extraordinary dedication, commitment and contributions in strengthening the well-being of America’s Children.”
It’s also important for voters to know that Kyle is a good listener, clearly a consensus builder and someone we can all trust to lead our great community into the future.
I urge all voters to support him in the September primaries and then again in the November general election. Regardless of party, you should all feel very comfortable placing the Town Bethlehem in the extremely capable hands of Kyle Kotary.
I know I do.
James E. Grady