October 25, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 25, 2013


---- — Polhemus attributes

TO THE EDITOR: We are writing this letter in support of Sue Polhemus for county treasurer.

We have had the pleasure of knowing Sue for over 25 years. She is a hard-working, dedicated family woman.

Sue has worked with Michele in both banking and insurance and has always demonstrated strong work ethic and high integrity in the workplace.

She is detail oriented and will go the extra mile to make sure she does the job of county treasurer at a level that will exceed expectations.

Her accounting background, her past positions and her experience in local government make her a great choice for county treasurer.

Put your confidence in the right candidate with the experience to back it. Vote Sue Polhemus for county treasurer on Tuesday, Nov. 5.




Morales praised

TO THE EDITOR: When serving on a board, you find that there are various types of members.

Some members, when presented with the issues, listen to the information given to them at the meetings, see how others are voting and then make a decision. Some read the information and digest it before making a decision. Some listen, read and digest and research the issues, including making phone calls, Internet searches, questioning experts and gathering all pertinent information.

Mike Morales, a candidate for re-election to the Beekmantown Town Council, is the latter type of member.

Mike is a councilperson who always studies the items presented to the Beekmantown Town Council with an open mind and concern for all of the citizens of our town.

Mike is a watchdog of the town budget who works hard to make certain we taxpayers get the best bang for our buck. He strives to gather all facts pertaining to the topics at hand, shares information with the board and then votes for what he believes is best for our community.

Recently, Mike brought up the issue of obtaining natural gas in Beekmantown. He researched the situation, worked with our supervisor, presented the information to the Town Council, met with NYSEG and Beekmantown School Board and is continuing to set up meetings discussing the issues surrounding obtaining natural gas.

Mike is industrious, frugal, dedicated and approachable. He uses his skills and intelligence to make sure the people of Beekmantown are receiving the best services available at the least possible cost. He is a fantastic Beekmantown Town Council member.

I strongly urge you to vote and to re-elect Mike Morales to the Beekmantown Town Council.




Facteau endorsed

TO THE EDITOR: I am endorsing James W. Facteau for the Town of Saranac highway superintendant.

I have gotten to know Jim pretty well over the past 20 years. He is intelligent, hard-working, very organized and an honest family man. He has a lifetime of experience with heavy machinery, scheduling and budgets.

In these never-ending, tough economic times and tax-capped budgets, Jim would welcome the challenge to manage the large budget of the highway fund and make solid, intelligent decisions on spending.

Jim is very skilled and passionate about price searching and comparing. I really have not met anyone quite like him when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck.

He is the kind of man who tries to cross every “T” and dot every “I.” He is not a “yes man.” He truly cares about the town he grew up in and how your tax dollars are spent.

As a friend and neighbor, Jim is someone I respect a whole lot, and I think he would do a fine job as our highway superintendent.




O’Connell goals

TO THE EDITOR: I am a candidate for city councilor in Ward 4.

I have been endorsed by the Democratic and Working Family parties. Just recently, the Service Employees International Union 1199, which includes health-care workers, property-service workers and public-service workers, made the decision to support me as well. It is an honor to receive their vote of confidence. 

I was born in Ward 4 and have been a resident of Plattsburgh all my life. My wife, Susan, has been employed at CVPH Medical Center as an RN for more than 38 years. We have two daughters, one son-in-law and a beautiful granddaughter.

I was employed at the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department for 10 years as a deputy sheriff. In 1988, I was hired as a recreation leader with the New York State Department of Correction. I transferred into the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Program and subsequently retired in 2010 as a substance-abuse counselor.

I have been a local college and high school sports official and coach for more than 35 years.

When elected city councilor representing Ward 4 and the City of Plattsburgh I will work hard to keep the taxpayer burden to a minimum, improve relationships between city employees and our administration and enhance the recreational opportunities for the city’s adults and youth alike.

Plattsburgh needs to be a city of the people.The citizens of Plattsburgh need to know that their voices will be heard.

With your support on Election Day, we can make that happen. 

Please cast your vote for me, Paul “Crusher” O’Connell, as Ward 4 councilor.




Dannemora candidates

TO THE EDITOR: Once again, it is election time.

The difference this time is that it’s critical that as citizens of the Town of Dannemora that you vote.

The fate of the Town of Dannemora cannot be left to chance, hope, wishes or maybes. We need strong, direct, committed and determined leadership.

The very existence of the town depends on it.

We are responsible for putting people in place to represent our best interests as a town and as individuals, to safeguard the principles we all enjoy and to steer the ship to calm waters and avoid pitfalls if possible.

No one can prepare for every circumstance, but we need people who can think on their feet, make informed decisions and stand up for what is right.

I ran for Town Council and did not win. However, one of my opponents is now running for town supervisor, William “Bill” Chase. I would urge all of you that were kind enough to vote for me to support him in his run for supervisor.

I believe he is the right man, at the right time for the job that needs to be done.

I may also mention that Joe Leclair is running for Town Council. I would ask the same consideration for “Big Joe,” as well. Again, he is the right man, in the right place, at the right time.

Thank you for taking the time to read this; it takes about the same time to vote as it did to read this letter.

Please do not let another election slip by due to public apathy. We are the public; i’ts our job to choose, and I firmly believe these men are needed to help us all move forward and have the type of town government that we can all be proud of.

Thank You, and see you on Election Day.