Putnam County Legislator Sam Oliverio of Putnam Valley said he will seek a sixth and final three-year term this November as a county lawmaker. Oliverio, 58, is the board’s only Democrat.
Following is his announcement:
1)” I am extremely effective as a senior Legislator. As the sole Democrat on an all Republican Board, I have always been able to work very well with my fellow Legislators and have found that compromise has allowed many of my favored governmental projects to take center stage and be adopted (historic designation of Peekskill Hollow Rd., memorializing school tax reform, funding for our Senior centers/libraries/youth groups, preserving our surplus by not raiding it to artificially reduce taxes, and so many more). This effectiveness and oversight of our Legislature is important as we slush through the next 3 years during this economic crisis.
2) I also want to finish up and oversee a few County projects that are still on the docket (repair of Peekskill Hollow Rd. from Adams to Oregon Corners in line with the historic designation, foreclosure of the Oregon Corners Garage, establishment of a new Humane Society location, and the ongoing budget challenges). These projects need a seasoned veteran who can guarantee that the work is done right and that the work gets completed.
3) There is a saying I love using “Carpe Diem” (seize the day). With the Legislature good enough to start the term limit count down in 2002, this has provided me with one more run for Legislator. When I was provided with the opportunity to run one more time as Legislator to oversee all of the upcoming important County issues (including sales tax, MS-4 water quality expenses, consolidation of services, putting to bed 3 county contracts that will be negotiated the next few years and so many more) I knew I had to seize the moment and go for this final term. (Note: He is referring to term-limit legislation that was vetoed by County Executive Paul Eldridge because of a technical matter. Oliverio said he expects the Legislature will pass an improved version of the law. Based on the law’s expected timetable, he would be the first legislator forced to leave.)
Please understand that this decision not to run for County Legislator again after 2014 does not preclude my continued involvement in government work. In 2014 I will re-evaluate the needs of my community and my County and then decide in what capacity I can continue to do the most good for our residents.”
— Sam Oliverio