Dan has a plan to make Beacon’s success work for all.
Dan believes in the promise and possibility of our little city.
All this new construction doesn’t fit the needs of our community. Nor is it in keeping with the character of our city. To make development work in the public interest, we need:
A building moratorium until a comprehensive impact study is completed
Measures that force developers to consult with the people’s representatives
Stricter architectural review process
Impartial studies to study the impact of their projects, including a voice for our schools
Increase the fees that fund our public parks.
Open up to the public all discussions about the sale of public land
A focus on city planning and not just zoning
Beacon’s revival is not a success if it's pricing out families who have lived here for generations, seniors looking to downsize and our favorite small businesses.
End Beacon’s tax giveaway to Dutchess County that has cost us $5.6 million and all the benefits of new tourism
Protect home values by opting into a Dutchess County land bank
Increase the amount of affordable housing in Beacon
Cap rent increases for small businesses
Mandate a biennial review of the Beacon housing market
Demand a Dutchess County rent control board if state law permits
Protecting the Environment
Overdevelopment is eating away at our remaining open spaces. I will protect and expand our wild and public lands while curtailing practices that damage our environment. And, yes, I will see to it that Beacon does its part in the unfolding climate crisis. We need:
A community-driven Strategic Energy Vision
More local, clean energy
More protections for privately-owned wild lands
Tough sustainability standards for new construction
Reduced use of single-use plastics and environmental toxins like glyphosates
Strong Local Economy
Only 7% of the people who live in Beacon actually work in Beacon. Almost everyone commutes. It’s not good for our community… or the environment. More local jobs will make our economy more resilient.
Rezone more of the city for office space and specific uses such as medical services
Encourage office space on the second floor of Main Street buildings
Provide incubating funds for new small businesses
Attract businesses to Beacon with our diverse labor market
Look to New Economy ideas like public banking and worker cooperatives to make our local economy resistant to boom-and-bust cycles
Improve Quality of Life
Beacon is a special place to live. As a community, we should come together around what we believe a good quality of life means. Some examples:
Tackle the parking problem once and for all without parking meters
Study the opportunity for bike lanes throughout the city
Develop a city plan that prioritizes more public squares and playgrounds
Traffic-slowing measures like speed bumps around playgrounds
Improve walking routes to public schools
Create a community empowerment center for local charities and advocacy groups
It’s not easy to keep up with everything happening in town. But the City of Beacon can do more to encourage civic participation and make our local government open and transparent.
Financial disclosures by public officials including city council members and members of boards who make legal decisions
Spanish translation of all public-facing documents and advertisements for city services
Ward-based participatory budgeting in which the people democratically choose how to use city funds to benefit their neighborhoods
More advance notice on the City’s meeting agendas that should be written in plain English.