A Tale of 2 Candidates

Debra Baranello is a registered Democrat who is running for 3rd Ward Alderman in the City of Amsterdam, New York, while Diane Hatzenbuhler, a registered Republican, is running for 4th Ward Alderman. With all of the dysfunction in our federal government as a result of differences in political ideology, you may think these two candidates do not have much in common. Nothing could be further from the truth and that is a very refreshing fact.

This blogger had the privilege of photographing, designing palm cards and brochures for both well qualified candidates for office. The design process involved sitting with each candidate and coming up with a list of concerns they would address as Alderman. Both candidates gave me lists that were almost identical. They want to fight URBAN BLIGHT, decrease CRIME in our neighborhoods, increase COMMUNICATION between elected officials and our citizens and CUT SPENDING to keep property taxes at bay.

Both candidates want to fight urban blight by increasing code enforcement through inspection and prosecution. Diane Hatzenbuhler would like to see annual inspections of rental properties and a workable complaint procedure for tenants. Debra Baranello would like to increase the number of demolitions of condemned properties. Diane Hatzenbuhler wants to fight crime by improving our Neighborhood Watch and increasing patrols in known high crime areas. Debra Baranello wants the Amsterdam Police Department to start neighborhood foot patrols as a deterrent and increase recreational activities for our young people. She is grateful for the work done by Amsterdam Recreation and Wishful Thinking at the Clara Bacon School. To improve communication Debra Baranello plans to listen to the concerns of the residents of the 3rd Ward and take positive action. Diane Hatzenbuhler wants to improve the flow of communication by increasing transparency of all municipal transactions with an emphasis on finance. To help cut spending, Debra Baranello wants to increase our economic development by working with our elected officials to help revitalize an aging infrastructure to support new business ventures. Diane Hatzenbuhler wants to cut all unnecessary spending and increase revenues by prosecuting code violators.

There are negative campaigns being run against both candidates for Alderman. Their opponents must have run out of solutions or viable candidates. Both of these women would make a great addition to the Amsterdam Common Council. With them we have the hope of a bipartisan solution that will bring us out of the standstill that we are stuck in. The Council has been spinning its wheels for much too long. There is power in unity and together the Common Council can move Amsterdam in a forward direction.

 

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Debra Baranello, candidate for 3rd Ward Alderman

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Diane Hatzenbuhler, candidate for 4th Ward Alderman

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Division Street resident Ed Battistini and Debra Baranello in the 3rd Ward

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Debra Baranello at Riverlink Park in Amsterdam, NY

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NYS Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Debra Baranello, candidate for 3rd Ward Alderman

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Debra Baranello, Dan Peluso, NYS Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk in Amsterdam’s 3rd Ward

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NYS Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Debra Baranello, candidate for 3rd Ward Alderman

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Elks Club, 4th Ward

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Holland Garden Apartments, 4th Ward

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Peddler’s Wagon at 5 Corners in the 4th Ward

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Polish National Alliance, 4th Ward

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Pulaski Bridge, 4th Ward

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The Rao Center, 4th Ward

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St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 4th Ward

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5 thoughts on “A Tale of 2 Candidates

  1. diane

    Jerry,

    Thank you so much for your comments. Everybody loves the card with the pictures from the 4th Ward. It has been a great hit. Thank you again for your hard work 🙂

    • ROGO

      I totally support Diane and I guess my real feelings will not be posted as to my feeling on Mrs Baranello

    • Sandy "rogo" Roginski

      I hopefully believe amsterdam can move forward after elections.As you can see i have pushed for some candidates, I would like to thank senator Tkaczyk (never have met her personally) for being involved in mont county as much as she has had. good luck to all

  2. Sandy Griffin

    Jerry,

    What an excellent summation you wrote regarding Diane and Debbie, two candidates vying for the City Council. Although I know longer live in NY, I continue to read the Recorder and continue to visit my old home town. I echo your sentiments; both would be an attribute to the Council. Both have long-term vision on how to improve their home town. Fresh blood, fresh ideas is what Amsterdam needs.

  3. Great article and images. Nice to know of their goals for improving Amsterdam.

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