To the editor:
My name is Melissa Miller, I ran for Kinderhook Town Board this election.
Let me start by thanking my many supporters. The amount of encouragement and various forms of support from so many here in town was humbling. Congratulations to Ms. Debbie Johnson as she continues to hold her seat on the Board this coming year. The race for the Town Board seat was close with only a small margin of a few hundred votes. Having personally received more than 2,000 votes in this election it shows that almost half of the residents of Kinderhook are looking for more from their Town Board.
I know Ms. Johnson has committed to continuing her support of our emergency services and small businesses however, in addition, I urge her to hear our residents’ call for further support. During my campaign, I learned that there are hundreds of residents looking for improvements or additions to our Town.
First and foremost, many residents are looking to have a clear two-way line of communication between themselves and their elected officials. Other areas of concern are a need for expanded senior services, a need for the Town to address agricultural concerns, and care for Town buildings and public spaces. Each conversation highlights that we need to better plan for the future and current needs of our residents. Improvements don’t happen overnight but if we create a better line of communication between residents and Town officials, we can start on the path to a more united Kinderhook.