October 22, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 22, 2013


---- — Unique vision

TO THE EDITOR: John Bernardi is campaigning for the open seat in Clinton County Legislature Area 6.

John has had a career in the human-service field and nonprofit management. As the executive director of the local United Way chapter, he knows the needs and also the resources available to Clinton County residences.

John lives in the Town of Saranac with his wife and sons. They are all active members in school and sports activities.

All of this life experience gives John a unique vision on the needs of Clinton County constituents. What truly sets him apart from the field is his ability to govern.

John has proven his leadership and management abilities with large organizations. He has worked with local, state and federal agencies. He has worked with and served on boards of major institutions.

He is a problem solver that can bring people together.

Please join me in supporting John Bernardi on Nov. 5.




Town, city recognition

TO THE EDITOR: As Election Day draws near, many candidates come to mind.

First as a resident in the Town of Plattsburgh and a taxpayer in the city of Plattsburgh, I would like to commend those that currently serve our great town and city.

In the town, starting at the top, Bernie Bassett has more than proven himself. Thank you, it’s great to see the new businesses and developments. The town departments, town justice, clerk Jackie Bellew and the highway crew deserve recognition. Thank you all. Our great town is looking good.

In the City of Plattsburgh, we have great choices and those with great new ideas. In our district, may I mention Jim Calnon and Paul O’Connell, two candidates I have known personally for many years. They are great leaders with great visions.

At this time, I would also like to thank city Building Inspector Joe McMahon, Public Works Department employees Rob Anderson, Jeremy Howard and the many others who work so diligently; the City Police, firefighters and City Chamberlain employees who make Plattsburgh a beautiful city to live and work in.




Lawson support

TO THE EDITOR: A nice thing that happens in Plattsburgh is that a neighbor can become a good friend.

Over many years of being neighbors, I have become good friends with Bruce Lawson and his family. It was not a surprise to me when Bruce announced he was going to run for Plattsburgh City Council in our Ward 5. We had discussed it many times before he made his decision, and I am pleased to offer my support.

Bruce always talks about his position with WPTZ-TV with respect. He was their general sales manager for 14 years and just retired a few months ago.

He earned that position through hard work, just as he is working now to be prepared for City Council. This is who he is. He understands that it is an honor and a responsibility to be in a leadership position.

He has a business background but has also been active in community service. He’s on the United Way Board, is president of his church, served on the Red Cross Board and has been donating his time as a musician for First Weekends and the recent Strand benefit concert.

Bruce Lawson is the kind of person we want and deserve to have on Plattsburgh City Council. He will bring a balanced level of experience and compassion to the job.

As a friend and neighbor, I hope you will vote for Bruce Lawson in Ward 5.




Downtown needs

TO THE EDITOR: I am a city resident and homeowner in Ward 1.

I grew up in Plattsburgh, and after leaving the area for a period, I returned about 10 years ago. Since returning, I have been both pleased and dismayed by the way decisions and investments are made by the city.

It was gratifying to see improvements to our downtown area after years and years of decay. However, I am concerned about the lack of development planning that has gone on over recent years.

Plattsburgh has great cultural, educational and environmental attractions. Comprehensive planning to enhance and build on these assets is not happening the way it needs to be. We need a long-range, comprehensive economic-development plan that will build our community, bring jobs and improve our quality of life and opportunities.

I hear these same views from City Council candidate Rachelle Armstrong. She is aware of these needs as well as the real savings to the taxpayers that will result in this type of thoughtful planning and decision-making.

Rachelle is a collaborator and supports open communication and problem solving. She has the vision, commitment and energy to help lead Plattsburgh to its full potential.

Please join me in voting for Rachelle Armstrong as Ward 1 Common Council member, and cast your vote for Plattsburgh’s future.




Douglass experience

TO THE EDITOR: Please consider joining me in supporting James Douglass in his re-election for Town of Peru councilman.

Jim has 28 years of experience as councilman and assessor for the Town of Black Brook. For the past four years, he has been a councilman for the Town of Peru.

Jim works tirelessly and in harmony with all others in the Peru town government. His main focus is to always do what is best for the people of the town.

You can be assured that he will continue to work for an efficient town government that is fair, honest and prudent in the spending of town money. These qualities are all extremely important in these financially stressful times.

He is a time tested and proven candidate with a verifiable background. Experience is always a key factor.

Jim would appreciate your vote on Election Day Nov. 5.




Involvement, experience

TO THE EDITOR: I have owned property in the City of Plattsburgh for more than 25 years and would like to offer an endorsement for Ward 4 city councilor.

I have personally known both candidates very well for many years. I know Peter Ensel has been involved in the Rotary, the Red Cross, redistricting of the wards in the city, chairman of the Communications Department at SUNY Plattsburgh and other endeavors.

I believe his experience and skill set make him the better candidate in this race.

The City of Plattsburgh is on the right track and hopefully will continue on its road to prosperity with Peter Ensel serving on the City Council.


Golden, Colo.