Editorial: In race for Greenfield mayor, Martin deserves to keep building on his record
As the two-term incumbent mayor, as well as a Greenfield resident with years of experience in government and civic organizations, Martin
is the better known of the two.
In his earlier tenure as a member of the Greenfield Redevelopment Authority and in his more than six years as mayor, Martin has been a driving force in a number of different community projects, including the building a new high school; starting the solar farm at the transfer station; creating Greenfield Light & Power to provide green electricity and converting the old and vacant town farm to an agricultural enterprise, to name a few.
Martin, a registered nurse who has worked with veterans, says he's just getting started.
Remaining on his
to-do list is the future of the Lunt property once it has been cleaned up, including a desperately needed drug detox and rehabilitation center; a parking garage to serve the courthouse, downtown and the transportation center; and, of course, a new senior center.
takes issue with criticism that Greenfield's tax rate is among the highest in the state, saying that its lower property values bring average tax bills into the average zone.
approach to broadening the tax base is more conservative than his
says the town's job is to prepare itself for enterprises that want to relocate here, not to try and lure them from places like Springfield, Cambridge and Boston.
More troubling, Morey Walker has painted Martin
as a bully inside and out of town hall without providing proof to back it up.
But in the end, Martin
has shown he
can do the job.
and how it ticks.
We look forward to see what he
- working in concert with residents, business and educational leaders, and thoughtful people like Morey Walker - can accomplish in the coming years.
endorses William Martin