At the headquarters of Pictometry International, the Henrietta Democratic Committee introduced their candidates that will run for Town Offices in Henrietta this fall. Steve Schultz, the founder of Pictometry International, will run for Henrietta Town Supervisor. He will be joined on the Democratic slate by candidates for Town Board, Mike Stafford, the President of GCC/IBT Local 503M-the Graphic Printer’s Union, and Rob Barley of MDR Investment, a community fixture and the former voice of the Rush Henrietta football and basketball teams.
“This is the most exciting ticket that Democrats in Henrietta have fielded in quite some time,” said Simeon Banister, Henrietta Town Democratic Leader. “Henrietta is a great town that’s being led in the wrong direction. A successful business visionary like Steve Schultz is just what we need to get us back on the right track.”
Embattled Town Supervisor Jack Moore has presided over a turbulent administration. Since the “City Cousins” debacle, Mr. Moore has been rocked by closures and job loss from firms including Unisys Corp., Verizon, Savers, and several major anchor stores from Marketplace Mall totaling well over 1,000 jobs. A Comptroller’s audit revealed that goods were sold from his private business to the town, a conflict of interest, with no open bids. Simultaneously, he and the town board have been engulfed in a major land use controversy that resulted in hundreds of angry residents that protested at Town Hall and ultimately formed an oppositional grassroots organization. In addition to their concerns about land use they also complain of secrecy and limitations on participation at public meetings held by the town.
"I’m running because I want to restore the people's trust in their town government by making it more transparent, more responsive to its citizens, and by serving the greater good rather than special interests," said Steve Schultz. "I will make sure citizen's questions get answered, both at board meetings and online. I’ll focus on what I know best, growing hi-tech companies that create jobs for today and more importantly, for tomorrow. I’ll use the same skills at creating efficiency I learned in business to help control costs in government. And I will advocate on the part of the town to make our community safer for families with better roads, shoulders, and sidewalks."
Mike Stafford said, “For the last several years the Henrietta Town Board has looked out Jack Moore’s interests, for developers, and for special interest groups, but not for the citizens of this town. I think it’s time we have a Town Board that puts the needs of residents first. I want to help bring back a town government that works for the people.”
Rob Barley said, “There are lots of important issues that concern our residents. They face, potential over development and a bloated town budget, but none are more pressing than the potential rezoning of 9.6 acres of farmland in the southwest quadrant of Henrietta. The silence of the Town Board Members on these issues speaks volumes! So I’m running for what’s right to bring positive change for our community!”
This race promises to be among the most competitive in Monroe County, especially in the suburban towns. Contrary to common held belief, Henrietta has a significant Democratic enrollment advantage that has swelled to nearly 2,000 voters. The 2015 elections were separated by just a few hundred votes and Democrats performed strongly in the most recent election in the town, with Louise Slaughter, Adam Bello, Chuck Schumer, and Hillary Clinton, winning outright.
“This is a change election in Henrietta. All the trends are there and we are starting earlier and working harder. More importantly, we’re giving voters a real choice not simply to vote against the current administration, but to vote for candidates that have a clear vision to secure our quality of life and set Henrietta on the path to economic growth,” said Banister.