Why am I running?
In my career as president of my marketing and communications firm, Stephen Donnelly & Associates, I interact on a daily basis with local business owners, municipalities, lawmakers and residents. I’ve heard their feedback for years and I am committed to making Vestal a better place for both businesses and residents, growing the local economy and mitigating tax burdens.
My job has always been to develop innovative strategies and new ideas, and I’m excited to bring those skills to local government.
As a business owner, I know how to look at the dollars and cents and determine how funds can be better allocated.
The cost of doing business in New York State is exorbitant, but Vestal, as the commercial center of Broome County, should be a place where businesses want to be.
Though I’m pro-business, I also understand that residents deserve the sanctity of their residential neighborhoods, and that doesn’t include businesses or college developments.
Tax rates for both homes and businesses in Vestal are driving away potential residents and employers; we need to mitigate this to grow our community.