Meet the Candidate: Nancy Agostine
Summit Township Supervisor
AS in Business Administration (‘95) and BA in Business Management (‘00) from Mercyhurst University;
16 years Director of Land Development, Zoning and Public Relations - Summit Township (1995-2011);
6 years Summit Township Supervisor, including Treasurer/Chair/Director of Land Development (2012-2017);
2 years Partnership Specialist - U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (2019-2020);
A total of 25 years working with the public, government officials, businesses and schools.
Why are you running for Summit Township Supervisor?
Current Board of Supervisors has not educated Summit’s residents regarding major changes to the Zoning Ordinance and Map. These changes will result in the rezoning of hundreds of individual parcels without the knowledge of their owners. There has been absolutely no transparency, particularly with respect to such major changes.
What are your top three priorities you wish to work on if elected?
Educating the public prior to making any major changes. Complete transparency of our local government and adherence to Sunshine Law and other legal requirements. Greater control of miscellaneous spending and targeted long-range goals (ie. more focused fiscal responsibility).
How would you be an advocate for key education initiatives such as the Erie County Community College, K-12 education, and early education as they relate to workforce development?
By working closely with Erie County government, local businesses, schools and residents to make sure Summit Township participates in these key initiatives; all of which are vital to community development.
How will you work to advocate for the modernization of public health infrastructure and encourage public/private partnerships to address deficiencies in our public health system?
I am unable to answer this question at this time.
According to TrackTheRecovery.org, Erie County is estimated to have lost over 28% of small businesses. How would you work to encourage financial stability within local and state governments without overburdening the small business community?
By continuing to keep local taxes low and creating new programs to support our surviving businesses via STEIDA (Summit Economic and Industrial Development Agency).
Our community is expecting a total of $225 million or more in American Recovery Plan funds. As a community leader, how would you prioritize this funding?
The Supervisors need to make sure that this money is used to benefit as many residents, in as many areas of Summit Township as is possible (while adhering to program restrictions). The best way to do this is with infrastructure projects on local roads/bridges; focused water/sewer projects to correct deficiencies; and making the internet available. Whatever expenditures best improve the general health, safety and welfare for all residents.
Pittsburgh has seen success with tools such as Tax Increment Finance and Transit Revitalization Investment District to spur their City’s revitalization. Are you willing to make long-term investments in economic development?
If used properly and carefully, these can be excellent tools. I was part of the team that worked on the TIF for Lord Corporation in Summit Township. This was critical to both Summit and Erie County.