PLATTSBURGH — Five candidates are running for three seats on the Plattsburgh Town Council.
Incumbent Democrats Tom Wood and Martin Mannix face Republican Tom Metz for two four-year terms, while incumbent Republican Gerard Renadette faces Democrat Michael Verville for the unexpired two-year term.
The latter became necessary when Renadette had to resign from the Town Council in order to maximize his retirement from the New York State Department of Corrections. He was reappointed by the council effective the following day.
The Press-Republican asked each candidate what he want to accomplish if elected. Here are their written responses:
Wood, a retired educator in the New York State Department of Corrections seeking a third term on the Town Council, said he will continually strive to do what is best for the Town of Plattsburgh.
"Having served on a committee of dedicated town residents who completed an update to the Town Master Plan to ensure the best future use of our land and resources, I now participate with a committee working on the revision of our codes and zoning ordinance.
"During this economic downturn, the town has still been able to attract new business and create new jobs.
"We continue to face many opportunities and challenges which will test our ability to cooperate and innovate as a community. Should you entrust me with another term as representative on your Town Council, I will continue to make good use of our opportunities for responsible growth, promote higher wage jobs, upgrade our infrastructure, seek grants and shared services to keep costs down and be open and responsive to the needs and desires of the residents of the town.
"There are opportunities for the town to enhance tourism in the area, as well. In addition to the new and expanded shopping areas planned, I have promoted a trail system, where possible, in the town and the Saranac Trail extension through the Town of Plattsburgh. These will not only help increase tourism but will enhance the quality of life for you while giving us more assets in attracting new businesses."