Q: What are some hot-button issues in Hastings? What do you think people really care about throughout the community?
A: Our quality of life. That gets down to just livability. Do we have good code enforcement? Are people taking care of their properties? … Are we a responsive organization when it comes to snow removal in the winter, pothole patching in the summer? That we are providing those fundamental services at a good value. I think people also care about wanting to retain the small-town feel that drew them to Hastings.
Q: What do you like about the Hastings community?
A: As a community, I think we’re on the cusp of some really cool stuff. We’ve got the Hudson redevelopment along the river, we’ve got some park improvement opportunities, we are in a very enviable geographic spot — we’ve got the bridge opening up. This is a community that values its history, but also is willing to look forward and say, “Well, what’s next for us?” I think that’s a very cool combination.
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