Last night’s Hudson Valley Progression Coalition meeting — its first formal event — was a big hit. More than 200 people packed Back Stage Studio Productions to hear remarks from Congressman Mo’ Hinchey as well as green economy insights from Melissa Everett of Sustainable Hudson Valley, Jessica Barry of Prism Solar Technologies and Patrice Courtney-Strong of Mid-Hudson Energy $mart Communities.
The crowd included familiar faces from the Obama campaign — folks from from Woodstock, Stone Ridge, New Paltz, Poughkeepsie and Kingston. Based on the energy in the room, the momentum of the Obama election is as vibrant as ever.
And this is comforting, to me at least.
Just as the macro-economic landscape has been reset by the current recession, the socio-political landscape has also changed. We’ve gone from passive indifference to charged-up, citizen activism.
For politicians in office or seeking to hold office, a change is tactics is likely needed to succeed. The first step is to realize that you serve the public. The next step is to create a public service mantra for yourself that is at the foundation at every decision you make.
From here, take Obama’s lead and create transparency in your actions and intents. And work toward creating a transparent government, from Washington to the city wards in Kingston.
Of course it goes without saying that clear and constant communication with your constituencies is needed. As a public servant, you need to have a clear line of communication to the people you represent (not just your campaign supporters).
And that’s it. Simple.
Transparency in action results in less complicated, mucked-up and muddled government.
In the meantime, its good to see large, energized groups such as the HVPC. It gives me hope.
— Arthur Zaczkiewicz