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Republican supervisor faces challenge

Crown Point Republicans will also choose a candidate for county sheriff between incumbent Henry Hommes and Michael "Ike" Tyler and county district attorney between incumbent Julie Garcia and Kristy Sprague.

Kosmider said the first step to greater community involvement is greater access to local government. If elected, she plans to create a citizens advisory committee to assist the town board. She also wants town meetings televised on local cable TV, wants to develop a town website and promises an open dialogue during town board meetings.

A native of Crown Point, Kosmider is a graduate of Crown Point Central School and Kaplan College. She has been a contributing writer to local newspapers and formerly served as office manager for Bernie Sanders when he was Vermont's congressman. She is the bookkeeper for her family contracting business.

"I want to do something for the town of Crown Point," she said. "I feel Crown Point is in decline; taxpayers are complaining about problems and taxes. I want to put my training and knowledge to work for the people."

Kosmider believes Crown Point is missing many opportunities to receive grant funding, particularly money available through the federal stimulus program.

"We need to better utilize the grant system," she said. "There are a lot of projects that need to be done, but not at (local) taxpayer expense. We need to start applying for these grants."

Kosmider also wants to see "rejuvenation and restoration" come to the community. She wants to rejuvenate the local economy by attracting jobs while restoring the hamlet area and beach.

"Crown Point can be appealing to a business, we just have to market it," she said.

Kosmider expressed concern about growing town government and promises to be fiscally conservative. At the same time, she wants to look forward.

"You need to look to the future, you can't just be a caretaker doing the same thing year-after-year," Kosmider said. "I want the community to be proactive."

It's time for change in Crown Point, she said.

"I think new blood and change are good," Kosmider said. "It's time for some new ideas and a fresh look at things."

More information on Kosmider is available online at www.bethanykosmider.com

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