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Fung v Fogarty: Green or Greenback?

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by Josh Wood Sunday October 12, 2008

Not Easy or Cheap Being Green?7 Questions for Cranston’s Mayoral Candidates

Question 3 in the series of 7 attempts get at the priorities of the mayoral hopefuls.

If you had to rate your political policies from 1 to 6, with 1 representing environmental action and 6 fiscal action, where would your policies fall, and why?

Cindy Fogarty: While I understand you are trying to extract whether there is more of a focus on cost-savings versus environmental impact, I believe that the two are not always opposed. A simple example is regarding the purchase of the non-incandescent light bulbs – they cost more than traditional light bulbs at first, but have a longer life expectancy. While I am fiscally prudent, it would not be at the risk of the environment. I would like to implement some environmentally sound practices for municipal buildings. Such as an evaluation of existing buildings to ensure we are not wasting any of our heating and cooling dollars. Not only saves money, but wastes less limited natural resources. I also want to do away with this “lawn” concept we have developed. It costs in maintenance, water supply and employee time. I propose to plant succulent plantings that require low-to-no maintenance.

Allan Fung: While I am concerned about the environment, our city’s fiscal health
is my primary focus. I am a fiscal conservatie and will spend the
taxpayer’s hard earned dollars wisely.

Previously:
Question 1: What’s your stance on a tax treaty with the State of Rhode Island for their use of the Pastore Center?
Question 2: What are some of your favorite things to do and see in Cranston?

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