Village Trustee Carmen Rue Carries Message Of Hope For Economic Development: We ARE Rebuilding Monticello!
[If you live in Monticello, I am YOUR Village Trustee, Carmen Rue, running for re-election on the Democratic, Conservative, and Independence Party lines, on the March 15th ballot. (FULL TRANSCRIPTION APPEARS BELOW.) If you live in Monticello, I ask for your vote. I gave the following brief remarks at a fund-raiser held by the Town of Thompson Democratic Committee on March 6, 2016 at Fat Boiz restaurant, Broadway, Monticello. The video starts off a bit rough, but please listen and vote for me. Thank you.]
"Most of you already know me. Yes, I am in the news and on Facebook, but they are not my friends.
"My friends are my constituents! That is the people I represent. I get in touch with them almost every day. I've been going to village meetings since the 1990s.
"I am familiar with the village. I know the financials. Yes, we are very good in all the departments. In water, sewer, and sanitation we used to have nothing, and now for the last two years we have in each department almost a half million dollars. Also, like Bill [James] said, we have $1.2 million in the general fund. So, now we are now really running in the right direction.
"We have a lot of grants that are still pending. Yesterday we got a $15,000 grant from Renaissance to improve some signs and also to help us hire another code enforcer. That way we can fix and be tough on the people on Broadway especially, where the people need a lot of code-enforcement and enforcing very hard on those buildings.
"We passed the law, our board, that the people can rent upstairs two bedrooms. That's a plus for the village. The village would not allow use of the second floor because there was an Artist Loft [Law], but now we changed that law. That gives more opportunity for people to rent upstairs. Also, it gives more opportunity to the owners to get more money to their buildings. They get finances from the rental, they get help so they can keep the buildings up to code. Before, you see, all those buildings were closed upstairs. They couldn't rent for a living area, only a business area. Now it's different. We hope that change will bring more business and that the owners will care more about the buildings on Broadway.
"It's going to change completely. We have a lot of grants. On Jefferson Street, we got a half million dollars like a year ago. Jefferson Street is going to start in the spring. Jefferson Street is going to be beautiful. There's going to be plants. There's going to be benches for people to sit, and for people to walk to work. We see what happened to Pleasant Street a few years ago, like about 2004 or 2003. That was when Jim Barnicle was Mayor. In that time, that was all grant-funded, and it changed completely. It's a different look. So, this is going to happen with Jefferson Street.
"And we're very excited. We all work with the same goals, to serve our community, to lower taxes, not to give lay-offs to our employees. So, what else can I tell you? You can ask me any questions. I think we're all running in the same direction, with the same goal, that we want our village to be number one. And now with the casinos, you're going to see the people working!"
- Breathing New Life Into Monticello's Broadway Businesses and Homes, carmenrue.com blog entry, 2/28/2011.