McDonough voters have familiar choice for supervisor

MCDONOUGH – Once again, it will be up to voters on Nov. 8 whether to chose Arrington J. Canor or Homer D. Smith to supervise McDonough for the next two years.

Neither candidate is a stranger to town or Chenango County government. They’ve faced off four times before, they represent opposing parties and each has already served in the town’s top job.

The Republican incumbent Canor, who is 73 and a former furniture maker, was elected supervisor for his first term which began in 2000. He lost to Smith, who is 66 and a Democrat, two years later, but then ran against him again in 2008 and won. Smith did not run in 2010.

At the county level, Canor generally votes with the conservative majority, but last year spoke out against wasteful administrative spending within two budgets that a growing number of supervisors believe should be consolidated: traffic and Stop DWI. He has also blasted his fellow lawmakers for waiting until budget time before looking at ways to economize instead of addressing an resolving issues throughout the year.

At the town level, Canor said he always aims to achieve “the biggest bang for the buck.” New York State Consolidated Highway Improvement funds were used to afford a new truck and tanks at the town barn. The McDonough Town Board plans to apply some CHIPs funds again next year to help pay for a new salt shed and repair some significant roadway drainage problems, he said.

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