My name is Joseph (Joe) Freedman. I reside at 83 Gunderman Road in Danby NY. . I am married to Virginia (Hart) Freedman. We have 4 children. I have lived in Danby for 12 years and Ithaca (South Hill) for over 21 years.
I graduated from Saint John Fisher College in Rochester New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. My career has spanned 40 years. I was a Corporate Auditor for 14 years and an Accounting Supervisor and Manager for 20 years. I am semi-retired and currently a Senior Regulatory Consultant.
I served 4 years in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. I am a decorated Viet Nam Veteran.
For the last 28 years I have served as a member of the Executive Committee of Ithaca American Legion Post 221. I am also currently the Post Finance Officer.
Over Arching Philosophy:
I believe members of the Town Board, like any other Government agency, have a fiduciary and fiscal responsibility to manage the functions of the town in a responsible and business manner. Those responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Managing and maintaining the infrastructure.
Ensuring the safety of the residents
Being Environmentally responsible
Hiring and training the best personnel possible.
Creating an environment that offers opportunities for business growth in the community
Make decisions in a timely manner based on research and the best available information.
Prepare and maintain a working document that outlines the short and long term goals for the community (1 year, 5 years and beyond), including input from the residents.
Pass laws that work toward the short term and long term goals.
Only pass laws that can be enforced
Enforce the current laws
Repeal the laws that are obsolete or unenforceable
Answer the questions posed by the community, even if the answer is not what the person wants to hear.
Be transparent in how the board functions and be available. Expand the town business hours to accommodate the people.
Promote pride in the community and a sense of belonging.
Manage the budget.