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.”