'We are lucky to have' Michael Sweeton and Bill Olsen willing to continue their service

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:37

    This letter is to endorse two of the candidates in the upcoming election who have distinguished themselves as strong advocates for the preservation of farms and the conservation of open space in our community. Among many other things, Michael Sweeton has worked to preserve farms and open space through the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program which has preserved thousands of acres of farmland. He also shepherded revisions in the zoning code which preserve significant tracts of open space in cluster developments. Bill Olsen has also been a steady and effective advocate for environmental issues over the years. He served on the Greenwood Lake Commission and the Town of Warwick Conservation Board for many years. In both those organizations he has worked hard to protect the environment in the Town of Warwick and Greenwood Lake. He was also an active participant in the campaign for the Community Preservation Act, which has generated several million dollars to preserve farms and historically important properties in our community. He has served as president and treasurer of the Warwick Conservancy, which has been instrumental in preserving the Railroad Green, the Hallowed Ground at 17A and Forester Avenue, the Lewis estate, as well as being party to the preservation of the Wright farm. We are lucky to have these two gentlemen willing to continue their service to Warwick. Sincerely, Andrew McLaughlin Warwick