Monday, March 10, 2008

Roger Sherman a Green for Schuylerville Trustee

Green Party candidate seeking position
By Geraldine Freedman
Published: Monday, March 10, 2008

SCHUYLERVILLE -- After years of attending village board meetings, Roger Sherman is running on the Green Party ticket to fill the trustee position vacated when Glenn Decker resigned last October after having served only about seven months of a four-year term.

The election will be held from noon to 9 p.m. March 18 at the village offices.

"I've always been interested in public office," Sherman said recently, "but I've never been able to take part, because I was too busy with work."

Sherman retired from Finch Pruyn in 1999, and since then has been working in part-time jobs in the area.

If elected, he'll be the lone Green Party member on an otherwise Republican board.

That's because no Republican stepped forward at the recent party caucus, said Village Clerk Anna Welfley. Sherman, however, presented a petition with the requisite number of signatures.

Currently, Sherman appears to be running unopposed. Sherman said he has several issues he would like to see changed.

He said he would like to set up a separate water district that would be run by elected officials, rather than continue with the joint water board, whose members are residents of Schuylerville and Victory.

"There's too much politics inhibiting a smooth function," he said.

Sherman also said he thinks Schuylerville needs to do a better job of recycling, especially of cardboard, which is usually thrown into Dumpsters.

He added that he believes there needs to be better communication between the residents and the Village Board; the village should plant more trees; sidewalks should be built along Spring Street up to Morgan Lane for the schoolchildren; and the village must pursue a steady grant writing program.

Whoever is elected to the open trustee position will serve for three years -- the remainder of Decker's four-year term.

Other members of the Village Board are Mike Hughes, Margaret Ditch, Whitney Colvin and Mayor John Sherman.

Elections will be held in 2009 for mayor and to fill two trustee positions.

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