October 26, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 26, 2013


---- — Fenton goals

TO THE EDITOR: I am the daughter of the late Donald and Leona (Adams) Crowningshield, and I spent the first four years of my life here in Jay.

My husband, Daniel, and I returned in 1993 with our five children (Daniel, Eric, Jennifer, Kaitlyn and Brandon) to our current home on Sheldrake Road. We have lived and raised our children here over the past 21 years.

I am currently the bookkeeper at KOA campground in Wilmington, a seasonal, part-time position I have held for over eight years. I have also kept the books for my husband’s electrical contracting business, Fenton Enterprises.

I have served as an election inspector for several years. During this time, I have been able to match many names with faces, getting to know more and more of my neighbors.

I feel that I am very capable to do what is required as tax collector for the Town of Jay. I have the background, experience and desire to fulfill the role.

I will perform the duties required with kindness, courtesy and integrity. I am very proficient with computers and have a great deal of experience handling large sums of money and reconciling active bank accounts.

A few of my part-time endeavors have put me in constant contact with the public, which I have found to be quite rewarding.

I intend to personally fulfill the duties of the position of tax collector; I have no intention of appointing anyone else to do the job entrusted to me by the voting public.

I would very much appreciate your vote on Nov. 5. My name is at the very bottom of the right-hand side of the ballot: Line H, Column 11.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


AuSable Forks


Strand organ

TO THE EDITOR: We have a new jewel in our community, the Strand Theatre on Brinkerhoff Street.

It has been tastefully brought back to its former charm under the capable leadership of Leigh Mundy.

On Tuesday evening, October 29th, we all have an opportunity to welcome the newest addition to the theater, a masterfully restored 1924 Wurlitzer organ containing 608 pipes and the full percussion section of a symphony orchestra or jazz band.

The organ was donated by Leonard and Louise Johnson of Hingham, Mass., in 2004 and moved to Plattsburgh by a team of volunteers. For eight years, volunteers have cleaned wooden pipe chests and little pieces of wood, cut leather, glued, soldered wires and reassembled, all under the guidance of Jonathan Ortloff, who at age 28 is an accomplished organ builder, restorer and performer.

A generous donation by Alan Tetrault and Dr. David Cohen provided the funds to complete the work that needed to be done by professionals.

The sound of the organ fills the Strand perfectly. What a fantastic sound it is.

The featured program at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 is the original silent film “Phantom of the Opera,” accompanied by Jonathan on this marvelous instrument. Please consider attending this event. You will not be disappointed.


Strand organ restoration volunteer


Rosenquest attributes

TO THE EDITOR: This letter is to show my support for Chris Rosenquest, who is running for mayor of Plattsburgh.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Chris for the past five months. Chris is enthusiastic and has a great vision for our community and our possibilities.

Chris has helped my roller-derby team by guiding and offering his business advice. He has been extremely supportive and wants to help us become a greater asset for the Plattsburgh area. He is able to see the potential for our group and the good we can do for our community.

He’s also proven that he’s not afraid of getting his hands dirty by volunteering to collect bottles for our bottle drive this summer.

I can speak to Chris’s character as being trustworthy, positive and dedicated. He’s not afraid of change and the hard work it takes to create the needed change for our area.

Please remember to vote and support Chris Rosenquest on Nov. 5.




Cashman impressive

TO THE EDITOR: With Election Day 2013 quickly approaching, I am writing today to encourage you to vote for my colleague, Michael Cashman, who is running for councilor for the Town of Plattsburgh.

I have known Michael for a number of years, and in that time, I have seen him evolve from a student leader to an impressive Student Affairs professional at SUNY Plattsburgh.

While not North Country natives, Michael and his wife have lived on Cumberland Head for nine years and they have made this community their home.

Without question, I am confident that Michael will bring the same determination and work ethic that have made him a successful young professional to his duties as councilor for the Town of Plattsburgh.

I encourage you to cast your vote for Michael Cashman.




Leadership cited

TO THE EDITOR: I am happy to add my voice to those who have written in support of Michael Cashman’s candidacy for Town of Plattsburgh councilor.

I have known Michael since he first visited the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh as a prospective student. Since then, I have been privileged to know him in many roles — as his adviser, cheerleader, colleague and now friend.

I have watched Michael continue to grow over the years and attack each new role he accepts with a passion and vigor that assures me that whatever he puts his mind to, he can accomplish.

I have watched him accept leadership roles in clubs and organizations on campus, lead the Student Association through two terms, become a national figure in Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and I have noted that he doesn’t just accept leadership positions; he actually leads.

I know that if elected Michael will bring the same passion and dedication to his constituents that he brings to his work at SUNY Plattsburgh.

The people of the Town of Plattsburgh will be well served by this remarkable young man. I encourage you to cast your vote for Michael Cashman for town councilor.




Effective negotiator

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing to offer my support for Gerard Renadette, candidate for Legislator Area 4. 

I have known Gerry for many years. Throughout Gerry’s tenure as a Plattsburgh Town Council person, we have worked together on shared-service agreements, such as the town ambulance contract and water district agreements.

He has always proven to be an honest and effective negotiator. He is open minded and committed to working in bipartisan manner.

I firmly believe he would be a strong advocate for all the residents in Area 4.




Tiffer endorsed

TO THE EDITOR: In this election, the Working Families Party has some dynamic candidates.

Having served on the Endorsement Committee, participated in interviewing candidates and reading their answers/comments on the questionnaire, I’m excited by the potential for good local governance they represent.

I’m especially excited for the City of Plattsburgh. Some might view the total turnover of mayor and Common Council with dismay. I might agree if I knew less about these candidates, about the experience and vision they’ll bring to the job.

I look forward to seeing Mark Tiffer as mayor, working in harmony with the WFP-endorsed council members. They are already working together, as candidates, better than their predecessors have done.

As a councilor, Mark has seen what is working and what is not in city government. He has given some deep thought about how to make it better. Further, he knows where there’s waste that can be curbed, freeing up money for some needs that have been neglected, e.g., the wretched state of the paving on South Catherine Street.

Given his successful supervisory experience, he’ll work well with city employees to get things done.

On the other hand, another candidate is claiming that having built a successful business elsewhere qualifies him to be mayor here. The skills required to make a lot of money quickly are entirely different from the skills required to govern a place where hard-working, ordinary people live.

We’ve already seen, from the national level on down, how that kind of approach makes things better for a few but much harder for the many. Absent nearly two decades, expects to be mayor? Really?

Please look for the Working Families Party line on the ballot on Nov. 5, and by all means do exercise your right to vote.




Coroner qualifications

TO THE EDITOR: I have been serving as your coroner since Dec. 4th, 2012, when I was selected by the county board to complete the unexpired term of W. Robert Huestis.

This was done through an application and interview process, and I was fortunate to have the confidence of the board to be hired.

I am a lifelong resident of the Tri-Lakes and began a law-enforcement career at 20 years old when I volunteered as an auxiliary patrolman for the Lake Placid Police Department.

At 21, I was hired by the New York State Department of Correctional Services as a correction officer, and then I was appointed as a trooper in the New York State Police.

I was promoted to the position of investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, where I spent the better part of 10 years in the Forensic Identification Unit, responding to various crime scenes throughout the five counties that make up Troop B. I retired from the State Police in 2012, after 24 years of service.

Since being appointed as your coroner, I have responded to 30 cases in Essex County and one case while covering for Franklin County.

I attend continuing-education courses and continually seek to find ways to be more proficient. Compassion and sensitivity come naturally to me and the families that I have served can echo that.

The coroner position is not given much attention at election time and goes largely unnoticed. We serve as a cross between death investigators and funeral directors. I ask for your vote on Nov. 5 and look forward to continuing to provide the people with professional, compassionate service at their most difficult time. Thank you.




Sustainable growth

TO THE EDITOR: Michael Cashman is running for councilor in the Town of Plattsburgh and believes in making sure that we have a sustainable economy.

There is nothing as important as maintaining a healthy environment, especially in an area such as ours, which depends so heavily on tourism.

Just look around. What other small towns have sustained so many restaurants and other tourist type attractions? The town of Plattsburgh plays a vital role in the economy of Clinton County.

The Town of Plattsburgh needs a councilor who will pay attention to the environment and still understands that people must live in an environment that has jobs that will support them. Michael Cashman is that man.

He supports responsible growth that we can be proud of. With Michael, we will not worry that we are selling out our future, health and safety for the sake of growth.

I ask you to vote for Michael Cashman on Election Day. A vote for Mike Cashman is a vote for the future of the North Country.




Dannemora candidate

TO THE EDITOR: I am running for Town of Dannemora highway superintendent.

I am a retired correction officer. I have experience in operating and maintaining heavy equipment in working with contractors. I maintained the water and sewer departments in Lyon Mountain for many years. I was appointed to the highway superintendent position by the Town Council for 10 months in 2012.

I am a member of the Lyon Mountain Fire Department, currently fourth assistant chief. I am also a member of the Lyon Mountain American Legion, currently first vice commander. I also belong to the Merry-Go-Round (Polandars) and Poker Lodge hunting clubs. 

I am originally from Chazy Lake, and I married Brenda DuBrey, also from Chazy Lake. We have one son, Terry, and live in Lyon Mountain.

With your vote this Election Day, I promise to provide my best possible service to the Town of Dannemora. Thank you for your time and support.


Lyon Mountain


Willsboro atmosphere

TO THE EDITOR: For 28 years, I witnessed my husband, Peter Jacques, take care of the town he loves.

I am not sure that anyone knows all that he considered his duty as Town of Willsboro highway superintendent. 

Through countless snowstorms, ice storms, floods, fallen trees and road construction, he was always working beside his crew, giving it his all.

When people called at all hours of the day and night, he gave them his time and attention without complaint. I can’t tell you how many times he worried about the weather, went without sleep for days, picked up stray dogs, stopped the car to pick up a tiny nail he spotted in the road or checked for problems around town.

I can count on one hand the number of Town Council meetings he has missed. He worked side by side with five town supervisors and is respected at the county and state level.

As highway superintendent, Pete managed his budget well and saved money for equipment replacement and other essentials. A new truck has been in the budget for three years because the old one has failed. Pete would never recommend purchasing a truck unless it was needed. After 28 years, you can trust him to make the right decision.

People ask why Pete is leaving when he still enjoys the challenge of his position. He could have easily worked for several more years.

The current supervisor has created a situation in which Pete and other dedicated town employees have retired because they can no longer work with pride and respect. The voters deserve to know the truth.

The Town of Willsboro doesn’t need a supervisor who can work with no one but himself.