I am writing to you as a concerned citizen and a town of Carmel Republican Committee member in support of Democrat and Independence Party candidate, Pete Harckham. Simply put, Senator Harckham puts our community before politics and is someone who always has our best interests in mind. I have never supported a Democrat in Putnam County, but in this case, Senator Harckham has earned my respect and support with his dedication and commitment to Putnam County and Mahopac. His record of success speaks for itself.

Right here in Mahopac, Senator Harckham has delivered for his constituents as a member of the NYS Senate Majority. Senator Harckham negotiated with the Governor to forgive penalties against Mahopac Schools, saving our community 6 million dollars. Senator Harckham has also delivered in economic development projects for things like: New lacrosse and soccer fields at Airport Park and a large grant for renovations to the Carmel Friendship Senior Center. Senator Harckham also delivered grants for our libraries, police/sheriffs, schools and veterans. And, he just announced $2.5 million in funding for large scale retail projects in Putnam County. All told, Senator Harckham has secured $8.5 million in direct aid to our municipalities in his District and he was able to do this because he is our Senator and he is a member of the Majority in the NYS Senate.

Senator Harckham has also been a proactive voice for our community while fighting Albany’s dysfunction, corruption and cronyism through his ethics reforms. All told, Senator Harckham passed the second most bills of any of the State’s 63 Senators.  Many of them have helped our local community, like legislation Senator Harckham passed to enable the construction of a distillery in Carmel which will result in a $40 million investment into our community. These things do not get done without having a Senator in the Majority like Senator Harckham.

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Still, Senator Harckham’s work is not done, to help keep Putnam moving forward, regardless of your political affiliation, please join me in supporting Senator Pete Harckham for re-election.

Robert Buckley