Our region is blessed with an abundance of water and natural beauty. We must protect this vital resource with focus and a clear purpose. At the same time, the importance of agriculture to our region must be considered.
I am first generation off the farm, and my wife’s family has owned and operated farms in Scipio since the 1700s. I have worked alongside my brother in-law on his farm and understand and value the importance of agriculture as an industry and as a way of life. Protecting the watershed and the farming industry are not incompatible.
I have worked on water quality issues for more than a decade and have a breadth of knowledge on the key issues. First and foremost, each of us must accept responsibility for stewardship. I support efforts to limit the introduction of nutrients into our lakes through:
Road side ditch maintenance
Limits on shore line burning, mowing and disposal
Septic system maintenance and inspection
Best practice for golf course construction and grooming
Use of best practices in all agricultural operations to control and reduce movement of nutrients and soil from the land to the lakes
In my role as Town Supervisor, County Legislator, Legislative Chair, and Chair of the Water Quality Management Agency (WQMA), I worked to:
Ban fracking in the Town of Scipio
Restrict the use of fracking waste on Cayuga County roads
Develop a working group structure for the WQMA to provide focus and direction for water quality work
Spark community dialogue on the issues of manure run off in Cayuga County.
I will continue this record of focus and accomplishment in the Assembly.