Running forHillsborough County Treasurer
as a candidate of theDemocratic Party
Lawyer in active practice, 1990-2020, retired 2020. Served in New York City government from 1977 to 2010 in various positions, including editor of reports for the City Comptroller; speechwriter for the Manhattan Borough President; special assistant to the President of the City Council; staff attorney, Department of Social Services; disciplinary prosecutor, Department of Correction; administrative law judge, Department of Finance; trial officer, Housing Authority. Also worked as contributing writer, New York Press, 1996-2003, and columnist, New York Sun, 2003-2005.
Prior political experience/officesPresently, Antrim Town Planning Board member and Capital Improvement Committee member; past Vice Chair, Antrim Town Zoning Board of Adjustment, Cemetery Trustee, and Library Trustee. Secretary and past Vice Chair, Antrim Town Democratic Committee.
Time lived in NH4 years
EducationB.Sc. (Economics), Manhattan College; J.D., Fordham University School of Law
Best way to contact candidateBy email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If elected or re-elected, please describe any innovations, reforms or improvements you seek to introduce to your office.
I will hold meetings in each town in the County to hear directly from concerned citizens about their problems with government and help resolve them. I believe the County Treasurer should begin a civil dialogue about the state’s over-reliance on the property tax as a source of revenue.
What are the most important concerns facing you’ve heard from Manchester residents and how can you address those concerns if elected or re-elected?
The single most important concern I’ve found in talking with residents in Hillsborough County is the property tax. Older homeowners on fixed incomes fear being taxed out of their homes. Younger people can’t buy a home and start a family because property taxes are too high.
How does your background (excluding time serving in the position you are seeking) qualify you for the position you are seeking?
As the guardian of an incapacitated person, I’ve served as a bonded fiduciary for the past 14 years, preparing transparent annual accounts, each of which has been judicially reviewed and approved. My experience in municipal government has prepared me to patiently listen to the opinions of others, including those with which I may disagree, because a public servant should learn about the people’s ideas and, where just and possible, work to implement them. That experience also taught me that tax dollars are the people’s money, to be spent carefully, with each public agency spending that money being examined for its performance, efficiency, and possible improvements.
In your view, describe the political atmosphere in New Hampshire over the last two years. Do you believe this will have any impact on your position?
New Hampshire’s political atmosphere over the last two years seen a rise in unpleasant and uncharitable partisanship. I hope to work with others to alleviate and not exacerbate it. Nonetheless, as Scripture says, “Justice, justice shalt thou pursue,” and where I see injustice I shall strive to uproot it. I believe the state’s political atmosphere will have no effect on the honest, fair, efficient, and non-partisan conduct of my office.
How is county government unique from municipal or state government in New Hampshire? Do you believe it is necessary?
County government is more responsive to their local constituents needs because of the close relationship it has with the people in the area.
Do you believe that COVID-19 will impact county government in the future?
Yes. I anticipate a fall in county revenues. I am concerned about its effects on the people in the jail and the nursing home.
What were the biggest issues faced by the person serving in the role you are seeking over the past two years? How did they, or how did you, deal with those issues?
The biggest issue facing the County Treasurer during the past two years has been the pandemic, with its adverse affects on county revenues and local government’s traditional accessibility to the people.