Friday, February 10, 2012

Hit Escape and Re-Boot

I realize it has been months since my last post. Sometimes one needs to step away for a while in order to reflect and recharge the mind & spirit. Last year was filled with many peaks and valleys; the loss of our sweet Sherlock, saying goodbye to the Common Council and of course we all know about the Primary Election results. With that said, it was a great year. We have a wonderful new puppy named Kirby, I met many amazing people during the campaign, and feel that for such a short time on the Council I made a difference and now have a connection with my neighbors that will continue on in private life. Things happen for a reason, and I feel a shift in the tide here in Kingston and it seems we are gaining momentum and enthusiasm. That’s what we all hope for, and good things will spring from it.

The time away has also been wonderful in helping me understand how I can still be of service to the community and help Kingston be a great, thriving City. I was recently asked to serve as a Director on the Kingston Land Trust and will also be taking an active role with the Rail Trail Committee which I believe is going to be a vital asset for our City in the future. The folks who contribute their time for these projects are some of the most talented and creative professionals I’ve met. Kingston can benefit in a big way from their vision. Their efforts also tie in to the need for a public/private partnership in order to protect, maintain, and improve our City Parks and open space. In addition to the KLT, I’m working on the “Kingston Parks Movies Under The Stars” Project in order to purchase an inflatable movie screen & projector to play movies in various Kingston City Parks each week this summer. The response to this project has been great and the support from local businesses and residents alike is encouraging. There are several fundraisers underway including a concert at the Old Dutch Church on March 24th with some of Kingston’s finest musicians donating their talents (my husband Tony being one of them).

As you can see, I will continue to stay involved so we can make our City great. I will also continue to use this blog to encourage ideas, dialog, and shine a light on City government when necessary. With the recent headlines of more inappropriate behavior from the past administration there will be lots to write about. It’s good to be back.

8 comments:

  1. Who needs you. Go away..Go feed the animals at the zoo and take Tony with you....

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  2. glad you are back. look forward to more posts from you. Hope you had a enjoyable holiday season.

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  3. Vision of a brighter future is the fuel of change. Spring has sprung in Kingston and with every conviction comes closer a new rebirth of the city. It's not bad news to hear corruption is leaving town. The question will remain, why so long Mr. Carnright?

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  4. anonymous 8:31 Oooo.. Why so negative and angry? Need more fiber in your diet....
    I'm glad that Andi is back. She has a lot to offer.

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  5. 831 is obviously angry that some people actually care about their neighborhood and the wellbeing of the community. Some old bitter has been I'm sure. I'm glad she's back in the discourse.

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  6. STOP THE CRAP!! SHE DID NOTHING ON COMMON COUNCIL EXCEPT VOTE FOR TAX INCREASES.

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  7. Tax increases are a necessary thing. If you like living in garbage and filth, you don't like cleaning. If you like slums riddled with crime and persistent socioeconomic ills, tax increases are your foe. The antitax crowd has a postapocalyptic vision. Looks fun in the movies. I don't want my kids growing up in it.

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  8. Taxes on property within semi urban areas need to be targeted toward preventing the growth of multiple residences in single family homes. Apartment buildings are structures designed for both residential and commercial use. Shifting the tax burden to reflect the usage of services rather than the curb appeal benefits the community as a whole. Higher property values means more equity is available. Scarcity of apartments drives up rents, increases renters' income levels, reduces family size, increases the need for restaurants and delis and on and on. The displaced fuel development or revitalization of an ever increasing suburban perimeter. There is a great infrastructure in place for intelligent gentrification of Kingston. Plenty of transplants to do the job.

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