City Council Candidates Respond to Sustainable Warwick ‘Green Screen’
Sustainable Warwick is a 20 year old organization that focuses on sustainability and environmental issues as they affect the Warwick region. As part of this effort, members of the Green Screen committee are interviewing local election candidates – city council, village council, and school board – so their views on these important issues can be shared with voters.
The questions asked of each candidate:
Climate change: Regarding the Town of Warwick’s response to climate change: how would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being ‘no local action is needed as climate change is not a threat’ and 10 being ‘immediate, large-scale’ far reaching action is needed to build Warwick’s resilience and reduce its contribution to climate change. Please include any specific actions you would support as a member of city council.
Zoning: What steps should they take to protect zoning laws to avoid controversy like the Pulpit Rock issue? “
Floyd DeAngelo, a business executive from Greenwood Lake, has served as a city councilor for many years. He is the only holder to stand for this election.
Climate change: Floyd DeAngelo (FD) declined to express his point of view on a scale of 1 to 10, but noted that he takes climate change seriously and that city council is already addressing climate change in several ways, it that is, reducing overall dependence on fossil fuels, reducing heating and cooling costs at town hall, converting all street lights to LED lighting and performing energy audits. The council has created the first charging station for electric vehicles and will install more.
The city has already achieved some of the elements of the Climate Smart Communities program and has participated in several clean energy programs, including SolSmart where NYC and Warwick were the only two cities designated as Gold Level in 2017/18 for their success in eliminating electricity. obstacles to solar development.
It supports the Stretch Building Code.
He believes everyone, city and village dwellers, should move towards electric cars and the city will tackle that for their fleet when their vehicles are renewed.
The PDR is a very effective tool to protect land in Warwick and FD is proud of the City Council‘s track record in zoning and land preservation and believes that the council’s land preservation initiatives place Warwick far ahead of the game. many local towns.
When it comes to farming practices and lawns, FD wants to make sure everyone, farmers and residents alike, knows exactly what they are putting on their gardens and crops. He is a member of the board of directors for the Village of Greenwood Lake which has banned the use of all products containing phosphorus and would like to see this ban adopted by Warwick.
Zoning: He believes Warwick has good zoning laws and that they have prevented the excessive development that neighboring towns have experienced. They must be constantly monitored and updated to reflect a changing world.
Greg Galluccio, a resident of the city, is a business executive and engineer specializing in the fields of sustainability and energy efficiency.
Climate change: On the climate change scale, Greg Galluccio (GG) is an 11 out of 10. He strongly believes that we should do as much as possible to mitigate climate change. He is a technology engineer specializing in sustainability and energy efficiency and has just built his house which generates more energy than it consumes.
GG thinks we should have joined Climate Smart Communities already. If elected, he would try to move this file forward. And yes, using Stretch Building Codes can save homeowners money and help protect the environment.
When it comes to reducing the city’s dependence on fossil fuels, GG wondered why the city hadn’t already built its own solar field like schools. His garage is equipped with solar panels, so he pays nothing to drive his electric car. Vehicles should only be replaced on a renewal basis, as needed. He noted that the infrastructure bill could be a source of subsidies for Warwick.
Re: PDR: GG suggested that the City be more proactive in identifying important properties that are at risk and aim to create a green belt around villages.
He wants the town of Warwick to promote biodynamic farming standards, a complete organic system that doesn’t rely on chemical fertilizers.
An additional suggestion related to energy: he believes that the city council should take a position on the issue of power plants like Danskammer and CPV which will have an impact on our air and will not bring us any benefit beyond pollution.
Zoning: GG believes the City should strengthen zoning laws to protect against high density housing which represents significant costs to the City.
Steve Rubin, lives in the village of Warwick and is a professional musician. He started the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival in 2010 and has seen it grow steadily.
Climate Change: Steve Rubin (SR) is a 10 on the need for action scale – “Immediate and large-scale action is needed to build Warwick’s resilience and reduce its contribution to climate change”.
Warwick is expected to join the Climate Smart Communities program. There is no reason for Warwick to follow and not lead.
Yes, he said, Warwick should adopt the NYS Stretch Building code. In the future, there may be discrepancies, but this code should be the place to start.
He thinks it’s a good idea that all replacement urban vehicles are electric. If New York has electric buses, he asks, why not Warwick?
SR emphasizes that while the RDP is a great program for Warwick and needs to be strengthened in the future, there must always be a balance in any community between preservation and growth.
Re: Environmentally friendly farming and gardening practices, he is in favor, but adds that incentives and education are key here, not placing the burden on farmers. In addition, the question of how the incentives are paid is crucial. If the City can pay for the new equipment needed, that’s fine, but asking farmers to find the money is a challenge. There must be a broad education program to promote more organics and less pesticides.
Zoning laws: SR suggested establishing a landmark oversight committee that could protect appropriate spaces and buildings. He also sees a strong need to revisit the way city council, town planning council and zoning appeal council work together. He’s open to the idea of a hotel, but thinks Pulpit Rock is definitely not the right place for it. A hotel’s footprint is important, so we need to consider our neighbors, the value of our local business and the quality of life in Warwick.
Kevin Shuback, a farmer from the Black Dirt area, is the son of longtime city councilor Mickey Shuback who resigned this year.
Climate change: Kevin Shuback (KS) has stated he is a 5 on the 1-10 scale. “The world will not end tomorrow, but we need to pay some attention to climate change. “
In terms of Climate Smart Communities and the Stretch Building Code, KS believes it would need more information on what these programs would entail, the pros and cons, as well as their cost effectiveness. He added that things like the Stretch Building Code should be “encouraged” and not mandatory.
Switching the city’s fleet to electric is a good idea once the technology is available and profitable. It is now for cars and pickups, but not yet for large vehicles.
He thinks the city is already doing a good job with PDR and protecting the land. He would seek to acquire more land suitable for the RDP, as it is difficult to legislate after acquiring a new property.
In terms of environmentally friendly farming and lawn care practices, as a farmer himself, he believes that farmers are already doing a lot in this area. They try to protect wetlands and control soil dispersal. He strongly believes that conservation measures must be cost effective, both for farmers and residents, however, he notes that this is primarily an area for state and federal agencies, and not for local government. .
Zoning: Zoning laws should be reviewed every five years or so as the city changes. For example, water runoff is a problem. On small lots, the use of permanent pavers and walkways should be encouraged or perhaps even incorporated into the construction additions approval process. The city should encourage the construction of solar panels above parking lots and not fill in open fields.