To the editor:
Robert Bevilacqua has my support as Harrietstown supervisor. I became acquainted with Bevilacqua in his position as board member over the past year at town and Airport Committee meetings. I began attending out of concern for the Adirondack Regional Airport, whose future seemed in jeopardy. As a pilot and Harrietstown taxpayer, I have a strong interest in the airport's success. I could not have negative voices be the only ones heard. In more than a dozen public meetings, including the public awareness sessions on the airport, Bevilacqua was there. The other candidate was not.
Bevilacqua is a leader who pays attention and listens. He doesn't maintain a cemented view but allows his opinion to evolve. This is an important attribute on any issue, particularly in regard to our airport. Proper understanding of what is allowed or required by the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Aviation Regulations is critical. The board has a good working relationship with its competent and highly capable airport manager, Corey Hurwitch.
The outlook for the airport is promising. The financial picture has improved, and several critical infrastructure projects funded 95 percent by federal or state grant monies are completed or nearing completion. You may hear the airport is in dire need of fixing, but that's based on outdated information, not backed by current facts. Most of the ideas proposed by the other candidate are not new, have already been considered, are inappropriate or are just not feasible. Fuel pricing is structured in a regulated way. Aircraft operators cannot be encouraged to buy fuel based solely on pricing anyway. Pilots must consider weather and weight-related factors first. Comments regarding local jet fuel pricing as compared to other areas could also be extended to our car gas prices; is the town at fault there? No. Talk of marketing the airport is nonsense. An airport is infrastructure. Marketing it would be akin to marketing Route 86 or Route 3: You either need to go that way, or you don't. Advertising won't change a person's itinerary. Money spent in this manner is wasteful. The best thing for the airport is to continue with what they are already doing: improving infrastructure to encourage continued and increasing use by general aviation users. Bevilacqua understands the complex nature of the airport and its importance to the community.
Town supervisor is an important position of leadership, not something to jump into on a lark and get up to speed as you go along. The supervisor, as leader of the board and part of the team, needs the ability to establish good rapport and build consensus. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue; this is a matter of who is better suited to be town supervisor. While I consider myself an independent, I am registered otherwise. I look at the best candidate for a position, and in this case, that is Robert Bevilacqua. Bevilacqua has the knowledge, skills and demeanor to be a great leader. Vote Robert Bevilacqua for Harrietstown supervisor.
Harrietstown, Saranac Lake