Town council candidate says town needs to provide residents more value for their tax dollars
STONY POINT, NY…October 7, 2013— Stating that the Town of Stony Point must be more responsive to what he calls the “value crisis” among its residents, Town Council Candidate Tom Basile (R, I, C, WF) has announced his support for the development of a Stony Point Town Dog Park. Basile running mates Dylan Skriloff (C,R,I) and Jim Monaghan (R, I, WF) also support the project.
“Our Town has a responsibility, particularly in this high-tax environment, to provide residents with more value for their dollar,” said Basile a small business owner who has also state and federal government experience. “This type of approach is needed now given the ‘value crisis’ we face in our town. The park is part of a larger vision for providing amenities at reasonable cost that can make our town more desirable, give residents more value for their tax dollar and build a stronger sense of community.”
“I’ve been a dog owner most of my life. Our four-legged residents are like family, and just like us, they need good exercise to stay healthy,” Basile continued. “As I’ve walked door-to-door across Stony Point during this campaign, a number of residents have expressed interest in a dog park and as Councilman I will support its development.”
Basile will propose the development of an Advisory Board comprised of dog owners and local landscape specialists to work with the Town Board on the details for establishing the park by the Spring of 2015.
The park could be incorporated into existing Town property, include a portion for smaller dogs, a digging area, tunnel, ramps, a landscaped seating area, waste disposal station, and information kiosk. Basile, who served in the State Parks System under Governor George Pataki and Commissioner Bernadette Castro said that a small annual fee, volunteer corps as well as public-private partnerships can help defray costs of the project.
“A dog park won’t solve our tax crisis, but little things can mean a lot to a community that is struggling. A little action can go a long way toward demonstrating that the town is attempting to provide more value for our dollars which will keep more of our people here.”
The Basile family has a 6-year-old Golden Retriever named Brooke. He is running on the Republican, Independence, Conservative and Working Families Party lines in the November 5th general election.