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Meet the candidates in Westport

Incumbent Town supervisor Dan Connell shakes hands with first-time candidate Jim Carroll at the Meet the Candidates Night at the Westport Town Hall, Oct. 17.

Incumbent Town supervisor Dan Connell shakes hands with first-time candidate Jim Carroll at the Meet the Candidates Night at the Westport Town Hall, Oct. 17. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— He noted his work on numerous boards and listening to needs of the community and doing the, “little things that make people happy,” is part of the job.

“I have never missed a meeting and if I do you have a right to view the body, I’ve never missed one in five years,” he said.

Goulet said as someone who formerly worked for Frontier Town in Newcomb he can see the appeal in drawing attention from visitors.

“I want to work with the needs of the community and bring new blood, I’ve been to some of the meetings over the years and I’m looking for people’s support,” Goulet said.

Looking to bring jobs into the area, Goulet said the issue is more a state wide problem than a local one.

“Throughout New York state the businesses move south and the people go where the jobs are,” Goulet said.

Supervisor

Incumbent supervisor Dan Connell discussed his 16 years of service to the town as supervisor and said through the years he and his council have worked well together by putting politics aside and looking at what’s best for the town.

“No one accomplishes anything on their own,” Connell said.

Looking back through the years, he said the town of Westport is currently at it’s best fiscal state and he only sees room for improvement.

During his time as supervisor, Connell noted he has handled difficult financial planning and maintained the best interest of the town as best he could.

In response, Carroll noted that his many years on the Westport school board have prepared him to handle difficult financial planning as well as making tough decisions for the benefit of the taxpayers and the school community.

Carroll said one of the one of the biggest ideas would be introducing jobs to the area and to encourage telecommuting as a way to bringing people to live and invest in the community.

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