Many people have asked me why I am running for the position of Town Council President in the September 12th special election. My answer is quite Simple, Easton has been my home for over 23 years. After serving eight years as a Councilmember from Ward 1, I am aware of the challenges that our community faces, and I want to help the Town make the right decisions on issues that will have a major fiscal impact on all the citizens of Easton.
- I WILL SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS AND PRESERVES THE RURAL CHARACTER OF OUR COMMUNITY BY:
- Proposing legislation for the adoption of an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) that makes developers pay for infrastructure costs incurred by their projects.
- Managing growth by emphasizing new innovative housing solutions in the core of Easton. I believe that adaptive reuse of vacant commercial and second story buildings downtown provide another housing solution opportunity.
- Supporting new projects that are in scale and compatible visually with surrounding neighborhoods.
- Rejecting projects that are too big, dense, disruptive, and out of character in our community. Two recent examples are the proposed Popular Hill and Maryland Health Club projects on Oxford Road.
- I WILL BE YOUR VOCAL ADVOCATE FOR A NEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER TO BE BUILT NOW!
- It is a fact Memorial Hospital in Easton has reached the end of its life cycle. Discussion of a new Regional Medical Center began prior to 2010. It is imperative for the health and welfare of the citizens of the Mid-Shore that a new Regional Medical Center begin construction in 2024.
- A new Regional Medical Center in Easton will give a big boost to the physician and medical professional recruitment efforts of the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton.
- I WILL BE YOUR VOICE AT TOWN HALL AND IN COUNCIL MEETINGS
- A recent example was my opposition to the former Administration’s push to charge Easton baseball, football, and lacrosse teams fees to use the fields and lights at Northeastern Park. I contacted individuals with these organizations and urged them to come to the Town Council meeting to voice their opinion. As a result of my efforts, the proposal was defeated and in turn saved those teams thousands of dollars.
- I introduced and then the Council passed a resolution to require all major purchases by the Town of Easton of $50,000.00 or more present at least three bid proposals.
- I believe that we have a very professional Police Department. Unfortunately, due to policies of the past Administration the Easton police pension fund is not comparable to the Maryland State Police Retirement Plan. Because of the differences Easton has trained and lost a considerable number of young officers to surrounding Police Departments offering better benefits. This issue needs a solution now before we lose more officers to other Police Departments.
- I supported the Easton Volunteer Fire Department by voting in favor of acquiring a new Fire Engine which cost 1 million dollars. I also voted in favor of remodeling space at the Fire Station to create a Day Room so volunteer Firemen & Women have a comfortable place to rest between calls.
I am the most qualified, experienced candidate running for the office of Easton Town Council President. My eight years on the Town Council, thirty-eight years in Executive Management and service in Leadership positions on local, state Boards and Commissions has prepared me to serve the citizens of Easton as your NEW Town Council President. I ask you to cast your vote for Al Silverstein for Council President on September 12th at the Easton Firehouse between 7AM and 8PM. An absentee ballot may be requested from Town Hall by calling 410-822-2525.
Your thoughts, comments and suggestions on my candidacy are always welcome and appreciated. Please call me at 410.253.9178 or email them to [email protected]