PRATTSVILLE — A full slate of candidates is running for the town board in 2020. All three races are for unexpired terms.

Republican Greg T. Cross faces a challenge from Democrat James A. Young for a one-year term as town supervisor. For the council seats, Democrat John D. Maynard and Republican Crystal M. Soule Cornell square off for a three-year term while Democrat Nancy A. Barton and Republican Roxanne L. Mattice compete for a one-year term.

Cross, Maynard and Soule Cornell did not return completed candidate questionnaires or photos for this story.

Barton, 63, is married to Michael Cohen, 54. They live on Mattice Road in Prattsville. She has lived in Prattsville for 20 years.

Barton is the director of the Prattsville Art Center and a professor of art. She serves on the Board of Community Action of Greene County.

She is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and holds a master’s degree in fine arts and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

What do you think is the top issue facing your community? What would you do to address this issue if elected?

“Prattsville is experiencing many changes, which brings both opportunities and challenges. As the community grows, and people who work remotely move to our rural area, we must help the town to plan ahead for these developments, so that the community retains its character and local people are not displaced. I believe it is important to preserve the beauty of Prattsville’s natural landscape and its historic legacy, while supporting local businesses and developing good jobs. I believe we should seek to create opportunities for youth to remain in our region, and I would like to help with outreach, partnerships, and grants for these initiatives.

“Prattsville is a special place, and I would look forward to helping to build community pride and prepare for a strong future through sustainable and thoughtful planning. I support low-impact recreation initiatives for youth and adults, including the Pratt Museum’s new Pratt Rock trails and the town’s recently formed recreation committee, and would seek to use the expanded broadband being brought to the region to create exciting careers and connections with communities across the Catskills and beyond. The growth that comes with new residents and construction projects can add valuable income, but it can also bring traffic, noise, and increased costs. I would like to help the town to ensure safety and a good quality of life for all the members of our community.

Why do you think you will be a good supervisor/councilwoman? What are you most proud of accomplishing if you hold office? If you are a newcomer, what are you looking forward to accomplishing if elected?

“I believe I will make a strong addition to the town board because I truly care about the community of Prattsville, and because I have skills and experience that will help us plan together for the future. I have lived in Prattsville for over 20 years, but since founding the Prattsville Art Center on Main Street nine years ago, I have come to know the residents of our community in a deeper way. Seeing the Prattsville residents’ determination following Hurricane Irene, I recognized a hands-on approach to problem solving that linked rural residents and artists, and I created the Art Center as part of the FEMA-led planning process to help with recovery and bring together rural youth and community members with artists and musicians.

“The Art Center offers youth and adult classes, computer access, art exhibitions, and music events, as well as free social services for the mountaintop in partnership with Community Action of Greene County, Healthcare Consortium, and Catskill Food Pantry. To keep the Center’s programs free and to avoid competing for grants that might assist homeowners, the Art Center has been funded by arts grants, foundations and private donors. In 2013, the Art Center was one of four rural organizations chosen from over 1,200 applications, for a $200,000 grant from ArtPlace America, since then we have received four National Endowment for the Arts awards and annual support from the state Council on the Arts and Greene County Arts. These funds have supported our community through internships and jobs, the purchase of supplies for construction and community meals, fees to artists, teachers, and musicians, and by drawing visitors and new residents to our community.

“I have made Prattsville my home for 20 years, because the region has a wonderful history and a strong spirit. As a member of the town board, I would like to expand my advocacy for our community and its youth. Before starting the Center, I was the Chair of the Art Department at New York University working with college students, In addition to my volunteer work at the Art Center, I have worked with the BOCES Digital Arts Program for over 5 years, and received an annual service award in 2019. I look forward to helping our community by working with the town on partnerships, grants, and outreach that enable Prattsville to realize its vision.”

Mattice, 44, is married to Joseph Mattice Jr. She has two sons, Cody and Kyle, and a daughter, Mia.

She lives in Prattsville and works as a library technology assistant.

What do you think is the top issue facing your community? What would you do to address this issue if elected?

“The top issue that is facing the town of Prattsville today is the community is decided with the past and not looking at the future. The community seems to have lost its kindness to each other, no matter your political party.”

Why do you think you will be a good supervisor/councilwoman? What are you most proud of accomplishing if you hold office? If you are a newcomer, what are you looking forward to accomplishing if elected?

“I am looking forward to working with the town board members but most of all the community to get the town of Prattsville back on track at leaving the past in the past and looking at all the great things the future has in store for the town of Prattsville.”

JAMES A. YOUNG

Young, 65, is married to Peggy Young. They have two sons, Brian and John.

He lives in Prattsville and is a lifelong resident of Greene County.

Young is the manager of Young’s General Store in Catskill. He served as Prattsville fire commissioner for five years.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree from SUNY Cobleskill.

What do you think is the top issue facing your community? What would you do to address this issue if elected?

“There are several top issues — town highway garage, Hughes Energy, swimming at Barrier Dam, gas station in town, Health Center.

“The Answer: Leadership! I would draw information from a coalition of locals and professionals in each department. Our current board has been reduced to only three people making critical decisions without the proper outside sources giving professional advice.

Why do you think you will be a good supervisor? What are you most proud of accomplishing if you hold office? If you are a newcomer, what are you looking forward to accomplishing if elected?

“My background has been one of retail and customer service for over 50 years. The strength and leadership that I have shown with not only customers but also dozens of employees is exactly what our town needs!

“Keeping a full board that works together with no empty seats would be critical. This would allow us to move Prattsville into a prosperous and growing future like it has never seen before."

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