Local supervisors and mayors back Basile over Skoufis to succeed Larkin in State Senate
Local supervisors and mayors back Basile over Skoufis to succeed Larkin in State Senate

Provided photo Pictured from left to right: Monroe Town Supervisor Tony Cardone, Town of Blooming Grove Councilman Steven Amante, Senator Bill Larkin, Village of South Blooming Grove Mayor James LoFranco, Stony Point Town Councilman Tom Basile, Village of Monroe Mayor Neil Dwyer and Town of Blooming Grove Supervisor Rob Jeroloman.

MONROE — The supervisors for the Towns of Monroe and Blooming Grove, as well as the mayors of the Villages of Monroe and South Blooming Grove announced their endorsement this week of Tom Basile to succeed retiring state Senator Bill Larkin in the 39th District.
Supervisors Rob Jeroloman and Tony Cardone, and Mayors Neil Dwyer and James LoFranco all praised Basile’s emphasis on programs that will bring back more resources from Albany to help local municipalities with major infrastructure, planning and economic development projects, according to the press release from the Basile campaign.
The officials also cited Basile’s support for local mandate relief and other reforms that would make the area more affordable as key reasons for supporting his candidacy.
'Tom understands the dynamics of Monroe' “Tom Basile’s sustainability initiative grant program will most certainly help Town of Monroe residents," Cardone, the Monroe supervisor said. "Tom understands the dynamics of Monroe, which can help our future infrastructure needs. His positive approach and sincere concern for the towns in Orange County makes him someone we truly look forward to working with.”
Added Dwyer: “As Mayor for the Village of Monroe I am responsible for the financial resources in our budget and how they are spent each year. The Village has many economic challenges that must be met by the taxpayers, of which our homeowners are the majority payers. It is imperative that we have financial resources that ease the burden on taxpayers, and Tom’s plan would offset some of the major cost drivers for my residents.
"Our infrastructure is aging and identifying and implementing a plan for the village - and securing the resources from Albany - would be a boon for everyone, Dwyer added. "After having many conversations with Tom Basile I am confident that his initiatives and his overall vision for our area will help Monroe in getting the work needed done and as a voice for our residents facing all kinds of challenges.”
'Our towns and villages ... need a partner in state government'Basile, who serves as Councilman and Deputy Town Supervisor in Stony Point, expressed his appreciation.
“I’m honored to have the support of these leaders,” said Basile, who is running on the Republican, Independence and Conservative lines in November. “Our towns and villages ... need a partner in state government who, like Bill Larkin, will be there to help them advance a sustainable vision for the future of their communities.
Basile’s Regional Sustainability Initiative would provide dedicated grant funding for local master plan development, aquifer protection plans and updated architectural standards; create a local grant program for historic downtown and business district revitalization; establish regional funding for water and sewer system upgrades; and increase funds for local parks, land preservation and view-shed protection.
Last month, Basile announced his support for addressing long-standing uncertainty about the fate of land in the iconic Schunemunk Mountain view shed and to promote sustainable development in South Blooming Grove by having the State of New York acquire the controversial Lake Anne property adjacent to the existing parkland in the village.