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July 13, 2014

Republicans name Tom Metz Plattsburgh Town Council candidate

PLATTSBURGH — Tom Metz has been nominated the Town of Plattsburgh Republican Party’s candidate for Town Council in the upcoming election.

Tapped at the recent Republican Party Caucus, he seeks to fill the seat held by independent Gerard Renadette. 

The last election for that spot resulted in a tie between Metz and Republican William Brudvig. Under New York law, that allowed the Town Council to appoint anyone of its choice, not necessarily one of the candidates who so nearly won the seat. 

Metz said he was disappointed the council chose to ignore the votes of 1,240 town residents when they appointed Renadette, who had resigned from the council to seek a seat on the Clinton County Legislature.

“It’s up to me to finish the job I started,” Metz said.

‘NEEDS FISCAL BALANCE’

The reasons he ran last year have not changed, he said.

“Town expenses are increasing at an unsupportable rate, and rather than look for savings, this board just raises taxes to pay for their spending,” he said. “The Town Council needs balance and responsible financial oversight.”

Metz said he is a fiscal conservative.

“I am looking to optimize town operations within its existing income, taxes and fee structure,” he said, adding it can be done and leave money to rebuild the town’s fund balance.

Metz said with 24 years experience in the Air Force, which included five awards as executive manager of Emergency War Order (EWO), planning for nuclear war, for the 380th Bomb Wing, he can do just that.

“I learned you have to spend efficiently to get the job done,” he said.

‘TREMENDOUS INTEGRITY’

He has more than 30 years in volunteer service to North Country youth through the Twin Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America, for which he serves on the Council Executive Board and is assistant council commissioner. 

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