By DENISE A. RAYMO
---- — MALONE — Brian Langdon wants to involve the community in decision making and vows to do that if he is elected to the Malone Village Board.
He is running against Republican Tom Grady for the two-year unexpired term but will not publicly state his view on dissolution — the biggest decision facing village voters this year.
“I feel it’s a personal issue, and I feel it’s my job to educate enough people to get out and vote and read the papers, both the pros and cons. The vote will decide this for all of us.
“I will make every effort to represent the community and not just my ideas.”
Langdon said that if the referendum vote Nov. 6 does dissolve the village, “our job for the next two years will be to make the proper moves to obtain that goal. We will immediately look at consolidating services, not in six months.
“I’ll open a dialogue with the town and village to look at ways to combine services and how fast they can be done,” he said, including the drafting of memorandum of understanding to put the agreements in writing.
The 59-year-old Democrat said he’d look at duplication of town-clerk and village-clerk duties, merger of the building- and code-enforcement offices and shared purchases between the Village Department of Public Works and Town Highway Department.
Langdon also sees possible sharing and partnering with Franklin County.
He believes in tearing down old, dilapidated buildings and building community housing “so people can afford to rent and we can be sure they have a roof over their head.”
He thinks the Enbridge-St. Lawrence Gas natural-gas pipeline coming through the community will help Malone.
“If we could heat some of these older buildings affordably, maybe we can get some mom-and-pop store to open up,” Langdon said. “Fuel oil is not the answer. Reasonably priced gas is, and getting these buildings open will get them back on the tax rolls and generate income instead of pigeons.”
He would also want to see the village pursue municipal power.
But before any of those ideas can be pursued, dissolution must be decided, he said.
Langdon has started to read the report submitted to the village on dissolution plans and sees the bottom line as: “What about the children, and where do they fit in? In 30 years, we’ll be turning to dandelions. Where are the younger people who are going to step up and be part of this? It shouldn’t be dictated by the senior generation. I think there should be an open dialog with younger folks.
“We have an excellent college in town, but I’d like to see political classes held to educate the young on the future of local government and America. They are our next leaders, and we need to make the Malone community a place to stay so they want to raise their families here.
“We need to look at what we can do to include them and create a vision for tomorrow. We do have a lot of problems, and there are no immediate solutions.
“But if we start today and take a good reality check, we can have a better tomorrow. We will make better decisions and make the community a better place for young and old alike.”
Email Denise A. Raymo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Education: North Country Community College, nursing degree.
Occupation: Registered nurse and night supervisor, Alice Hyde Medical Center Nursing Home.
Previous government experience: Franklin County coroner since 1995.
Civic organization: Board member and past chair, 4-H Camp Overlook; Malone Callfiremen, 30 years; New York State Coroner Medical Examiners Association; Malone Elks; member of five-county New York State Regional Emergency Medical Services Board; and more.