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Westport holds meet the candidates forum with super, council candidates

Westport candidates for political office include, from left, Daniel McCormick (town council), William LaHendro (town justice), Michael “Ike” Tyler (town council), Bruce Ware (supervisor), Daniel Connell (supervisor) and Nancy Page (town council).

Westport candidates for political office include, from left, Daniel McCormick (town council), William LaHendro (town justice), Michael “Ike” Tyler (town council), Bruce Ware (supervisor), Daniel Connell (supervisor) and Nancy Page (town council). Photo by Katherine Clark.

— “Plans and ideas have been explored for 10 years,” McCormick said. “The plans that have been put before the residents were not affordable. What we need to do is look for the most economical and pragmatical plans to improve this towns building projects.”

While Tyler said the board should not wait until after election but act now to avoid fines in the future from zoning violations.

All candidates said importance of businesses in the area were crucial to building a stronger community. Connell said if re-elected as town supervisor, he would focus on strengthening the towns core to support growth.

“The town can’t bring people into the community but can create an atmosphere to bring them in,” Connell said. “Our real job in supporting tourism in our community is to create an infrastructure to prepare the community. We are currently looking at a grant with crafts and would like to see this place just like another Woodstock.”

Ware said if elected as town supervisor he would use his experience as a real estate agent to help “sell” the town.

“The most important thing we can do for this town is support the businesses,” Ware said. “If we don’t support them with our money, they will fail. We cannot bring in new business if our current businesses fail.”

Candidates running unopposed this election are Town Justice William LaHendro and Town Clerk Sheila Borden.

The election will take place on Nov. 8 at the Westport Community Center, 22 Champlain Ave.

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