A long time town board member has announced his candidacy for Vestal Town Supervisor.
At a news conference yesterday, Fran Majewski announced that he will be the Republican candidate.
Majewski has been on the town board for 15 years.
He has also served 14 years as a committee member for the Vestal Recreation Committee spending the last 4 as the chairman.
The Navy veteran has also served as a Senior Investigator for the New York State Department of Labor.
Majewski says he wants to create a more welcoming government open to new ideas. “I think we need the transparency and openness of town government. It seems like we haven’t been doing that lately. We want to hear everyone’s opinion. Not to be shouted down or put aside. I want to open that up and let the people have their say.”
Majewski also wants to increase the police presence in the town to improve public safety and help combat the opioid crisis.
Meanwhile incumbent Democrat John Schaffer has announced he is running for re-election.
Schaffer is in his 8th year as Vestal Town Supervisor and served 6 years on the board before that.
He says he’s extremely proud of the responsible budgets that he’s overseen while in office along with the low tax rate.
Schaffer adds that the state comptroller listed Vestal as having zero fiscal stress.
He says it’s been a pleasure to serve the town and if re-elected, he hopes to maintain the strong business climate. “We’re the economic engine for the whole county, we’re the tax base and I want to keep that here. We got many stores and businesses that want to come here. We’re running out of room, but we’re going to find room for them and keep them here. I think that’s huge for Vestal that everyone wants to come here.”
In response to Majewski’s call for more openness, Schaffer says the town is very transparent.
Schaffer also says he’s proud of the work the Vestal Police does in its aggressive approach to combating the opioid crisis.