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November 5, 2012

Two seek Ellenburg Council seat

Gregory, Poitras compete to fill unexpired term

ELLENBURG — Two candidates vie for a one-year unexpired term on the Town Council here.

Deryl Gregory has had some taste of what the job is about; though he does not serve on the council, he has been deputy town supervisor for almost a year.

Since his appointment, he said, “I think I’ve missed one meeting.”

Robert J. Poitras is new to politics but says his experience in construction arms him with knowledge that can bring better services to his town.

DERYL L. GREGORY

Gregory said he has always had an interest in the governmental workings of his town but raising a family kept him from taking an active role.

Now, he said, “I look around, and in every organization I’m involved in, I see most of the people taking leadership roles are older.

“It’s time for the younger people to take a part.”

Gregory is enthusiastic about about the recreation park the town is building and wants to help that effort along.

The money for that project comes from payments-in-lieu-of-taxes funds from the wind-park companies in Ellenburg, and he wants to be part of the process to make sure that money continues to bring improvements.

He knows people who live on Chateaugay Lake are concerned about the invasive species Eurasian milfoil. And he is aware of a growing Amish community “putting (fallow) farmland back into production.

“We’ve got to work with those folks,” Gregory said. “Obviously, they have some needs.”

A year’s term isn’t long enough to effect big change, he said, but after that brief stint in office he expects he’d have a better grasp of the town’s needs.

Most importantly during that time, he said, “what I would really like to accomplish is to have a cohesive town board that works together to get things done.

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