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Dan has a plan to make Beacon’s success work for all.

 
 

Dan believes in the promise and possibility of our little city.

Control development

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 on the impact of their projects, including a voice for our schools

  • Increase the fees that fund our public parks.

  • Make public all discussions about the sale of public land

  • A focus on city planning and not just zoning

Affordable Living

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

  • Mandate a biennial review of the Beacon housing market

  • Demand a Dutchess County rent control board

  • Look for ways to protect small businesses from unexpected rent hikes

There are only a few remaining places left on which to build and, once those buildings go up, we can’t turn back. That’s why this election is so important.
— Dan Aymar-Blair

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

A walkable city for the people who live here should include more public parks, more medical services, more of what locals need, and infrastructure that can keep up.
— Dan Aymar-Blair

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:

  • Make Beacon more bicycle- and pedestrian-focused

  • Tackle the parking problem once and for all without parking meters

  • 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

People-Based Government

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.