THOMPSON, N.Y. -- Three men are vying for what is arguably the most high profile job in Sullivan County: Thompson Town Supervisor.
“It's something I want to do. I've wanted to do it for a long time,” said Democratic candidate Bill Rieber.
Gerald Fielding, the Independent Party candidate, said, “I have all the time in the world to dedicate to the office.”
“I have a passion for the Town of Thompson,” said Ramon Cedeira, the Republican candidate.
After more than two decades of Tony Cellini at the helm, the next supervisor in the Town of Thompson will start anew. Whoever takes over will face tremendous challenges all starting with the results of Proposition One. Casinos could be the game changer, but all of the candidates have to be ready either way.
“If it's passed, we are going to go forward with it. If it's not, we have other plans to hopefully embrace EPR/EPT and these other buildings to come in and build for us,” said Cedeira.
Rieber said, “EPT Concord wouldn't be on the books right now if we didn't develop a planned resort development zoning overlay district years ago that I had a great deal to do with.”
“While a lot of people put a phenomenal amount of emphasis on bringing casinos in here, I think some of them are forgetting that it says resort areas with casinos,” said Fielding.
All three candidates believe they are uniquely qualified to take on the challenge.
According to Rieber, “It all boils down to time and experience. I served on the town board for almost 30 years. During that time, I served 20 years as Deputy Supervisor.”
“Being the Town of Thompson historian, I'm very well aware of the issues in the town and how to address them,” noted Fielding.
Cedeira said, “We have beautiful landscapes, we have beautiful golf courses, areas, skiing, hiking trails. We have it all. We just have to promote it better.”
Rieber has a passion for the outdoors and is a longtime realtor. Rieber Realty is a staple on Monticello's Broadway.
For many years, Fielding ran Holiday Mountain when it was owned by the town. He even ran the New York State Winter Special Olympics.
Cedeira, the youngest candidate, is a businessman and has worked for a beverage distributor for more than 20 years.
“Tax payers are really a client just as any real estate client would be a client to me and a client is someone who you are going to represent to the best of your ability,” said Rieber.
Cedeira added, “I believe that we can revitalize what we have in the Town of Thompson.”