Ashline, Torrance vie for Willsboro supervisor seat

WILLSBORO Incumbent Willsboro Supervisor Robert Ashline is seeking re-election, but he faces a tough race against Republican challenger Lori Torrance. Torrance defeated Ashline in the September Republican primary, 215-86. Ashline remains on the ballot as an independent candidate. Ashline: Proven record and experience Ashline, running as an Independent, is seeking his third full term as supervisor of the town. I enjoy the everyday challenges. We get everything from the daily dog complaints to the exhilarating feeling of seeing the 80 plus kids enjoy our very successful summer youth program at Noblewood. I feel I have accomplished much in the past five years and there is much more to accomplish, said Ashline. Ashlines resume includes working with One Work Source, membership of the Willsboro Planning board, executive director of Willsboro Development Corporation, director of the Essex County Veterans Office, Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors, and the Workforce Investment Board. He cited fiscal responsibility as his primary concern. The biggest challenge is trying to maintain the services our community needs and deserves and still maintain an affordable tax rate, said Ashline. Ashline said his future plans for the town were to improve water service for the Bay Circle, Tunnel Bay, Buena Vista and Corlear Drive; and addressing sewer service issues on Woodlawn Lane and portions of the Middle Road, and areas along Route 22. Infrastructure improvements to the Willsboro Commerce Park, addressing the Old School Property, and improvements on NYS Route 22 were also priorities. Ashline cited his achievements during his administration as helping keep the IGA and Willsboro Pharmacy in town, seeing major improvements at the state boat launch, completing a multi-million dollar water project, securing monies to complete installation of generator at the Smith House, and completing new buildings at Noblewood and the Visitor Center, and the new roof completion at the Adsit Cabin. He also settled the NYCO lawsuit during his first three months in office in 2003, acquired a grant to abate asbestos and install a new roof at the Heritage Center. People should vote for me to keep Willsboro moving on a positive track and insure fiscal stability, said Ashline. Torrance: Open door policy Republican candidate Lori Torrance plans on opening up the local government if elected. Torrance, a native of Willsboro, is currently employed at Champlain National Banks Westport branch. A self-described people person, Torrance has worked in many areas, including retail business, agriculture, medical, banking and finance. I love working with the public. The community will benefit from my organizational skills, my work ethic and my loyalty to the community that raised me, said Torrance. Torrance stated that she felt the desire to serve residents of Willsboro. I feel very blessed to have grown up here in Willsboro, it helped shape the person that I am today and now I would like to work toward giving back and to be an integral part of this heritage, said Torrance. Torrance said key issues facing the community include the future disposition of the old school, whether to install town water for the residents of Bay Circle, how to manage future flooding on Mill and School Streets, the need for a town sewer for the Willsboro Point community, equitable taxes with representation, the building and promotion of the Industrial Park area and the future of the Nature Conservancy acreage. Torrance said that, if elected, she would work to increase communication with members of the community. I will have an open door policy and welcome enthusiastically participation from all in local government, said Torrance. She added that she would also work hard on the county level for equal representation of Willsboro and the surrounding area. She added that she would study and research to ensure the community utilizes all opportunities for problem solving. The people of Willsboro should vote for me because I will be representing my hometown, because I will work hard for them. I am always interested in what is happening to people, caring enough to help everyone solve problems and discover new goals, and blessed with a certain amount of wisdom to make logical decisions, said Torrance.

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