Bethany Kosmider has been on clutches the past few weeks after a fall outside the county office building in Elizabethtown. The injury hasn't slowed her a bit.
Since taking office in January the rookie Crown Point supervisor has set a dizzying pace for her community. Besides working tirelessly on the Lake Champlain Bridge issue, she's established a host of new committees and groups designed to look at the town with a critical eye.
Remodeling the town court is being planned; the Emergency Preparedness Plan is being studied and about to be reinstituted; the budget reduction committee has been meeting with a goal of cutting the town budget by 10 percent; the town is participating in a NYSERDA Energy Audit, which pointed out areas that need improvement to save money on energy costs; and the town-school committee continues to meet. Although not officially a town function, she is involved in the effort to possibly create a Crown Point Chamber of Commerce.
That's a lot in six months, but it's hardly Kosmider's greatest accomplishment. She has invited residents to become involved in their town. Kosmider has created a monthly electronic newsletter to keep people informed about town government. She initiated taping town board meetings to be shown on the local cable access channel the town shares with Moriah. Those who don't have cable can get tapes of the meetings at the local library. She's asked a wide range of community members to serve on town committees.
Crown Point residents have responded. Dozens now attend town board meetings. Many are now part of committees. Residents have become engaged and feel as if they can make a difference in their community.
Kosmider had never held political office before being elected Crown Point supervisor. She ran for office believing Crown Point belongs to its residents, not its town board and a handful of others. She's a breath of fresh air in an arena dominated by those who make decisions based on the next election.
Crown Point was a fine community before Kosmider took office. Today, thanks to her efforts, it's better.
Fred Herbst is Times of Ti editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org