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Dover's New Supervisor Linda French Discusses 2016 Plans

Dover Town Supervisor Linda French
Dover Town Supervisor Linda French Photo Credit: Contributed

DOVER, N.Y. -- Linda French says she will turn her energy to economic development and "among priorities is attracting a new supermarket," remarks made as she began her second full week as Dover's town supervisor.

French began her term Jan. 1.

Democrat French defeated Republican Ted Jensen in the November election, receiving 646 votes, while Jensen received 502. The two ran to succeed Ryan Courtien.

"Everyone at Town Hall has been so helpful," making settling in go smoothly, said French who began her term Jan. 1.

She said her desire to serve as supervisor stemmed from several factors.

"I love Dover and want to see it succeed. I wanted to run for Supervisor to get some things done and continue working with what I had been working on as councilwoman," she said.

"We're about to start to get some big projects coming up. Cricket Valley should be starting towards the middle of the year and all of that for phase one is (now) before the planning board."

French wants to continue working on the town's comprehensive plan that's been her focus as councilwoman, which includes zone changes for commercial use in the coming year along sections of Route 22, Dover's main north to south thoroughfare.

"Hopefully that will begin by the end of January."

But getting a new Dover supermarket has been on her mind since Fresh Market, replaced with a CVS, closed last year, she said.

"That's a top priority," French said.

French served as a Dover councilwoman for two years.

A resident of Dover for 10 years, she has worked as a seamstress.

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