September 4, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 4, 2013


---- — Integrity, thoughtful

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing on behalf of Rick Perry, candidate for Clinton County legislator.

In the past, I have been a co-worker and employee with Rick Perry for the City of Plattsburgh.

Rick was a co-worker who became my boss but always a friend. He has many good traits, such as a hard worker with integrity, ambitious and thoughtful.

Rick always said family was first and followed through. He is a thinker always questioning how can I do this and how can I make it better.

Rick put many hours into his position as building inspector and made himself available to the public for help in any situation that arose.

I feel Rick Perry would be a good legislator, fresh and ready to take on new tasks. Remember him on Election Day. It will be a great benefit to the county.




Work experience

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to introduce myself to those of you that do know me.

I will be a candidate for the Town of Lewis tax collector in this year’s election.

I have resided in the Town of Lewis for most of my life. I am also proud to say that I have raised my daughter, Alyssa, in such a great community.

My experience includes 28-plus years of public service, with the last 24 years as your county auditor. My work experience has given me an understanding of governmental accounting practices and procedures.

In my position, auditing tax-roll corrections has given me a valuable knowledge of the town and county tax procedures. My job has also allowed me to gain a good working relationship with the offices of Real Property and Essex County Treasurer.

In our community, I have served on the Lewis Playground Committee, Lewis Cemetery Association and most currently am a member of the Lewis Comprehensive Plan Committee.

In a very short time, you will have an opportunity to choose your candidate for this position. I hope you will consider me as your choice.

Please remember to exercise your right to vote on Sept. 10 for the primary and Nov. 5 for the general election.

Thank you in advance for your support.




Dynamic representative

TO THE EDITOR: I am running for a seat on the Common Council in the City of Plattsburgh for Ward 6.

People in every part of Plattsburgh have been telling me how concerned they are at the loss of the Community Development Office. The council has found the money to support its reopening, but this is only the first step. To be a success, the office needs dedicated political support and leadership. With that level of support, the office can bring in funds from other sources.

People have many other concerns, of course. There is a lack of parking. The downtown area could benefit from the presence of national retailers and lodging.

Ward 6 needs a new, dynamic, forward-looking representative to forge links between the council and business.

There is a reason the Democrats and the Working Families Party have already endorsed my candidacy for Ward 6. Since returning home to Plattsburgh five years ago, I have built links across the community. I am an entrepreneur who has built his own design firm.

I have served on the Board of Directors for the Plattsburgh Rotary Club, the Adirondack Young Professionals Group and the Plattsburgh Roller Derby.

I also serve on the Steering Committee for Vision2Action, one of the organizations responsible for the First Weekends downtown initiative. I am chairman for the Arts in Clinton County Task Force, a member of the Downtown Business Association and an ambassador for the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

This is exactly the investment in Plattsburgh’s social capital that shows the skill set that Ward 6 needs on the Common Council.

I am appealing to voters in the Independence Party primary to form a common bond with my existing supporters to build a new future for Plattsburgh. Join us.




Betterment of residents

TO THE EDITOR: I am the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for County Legislator, Area 10, which is in Wards 4 and 5.

I was born and raised in Plattsburgh, and my six children grew up here.

I love Plattsburgh; it is in my heart. I was a city councilor for eight years, and I worked very hard then.

As your legislator, I will continue to work hard. I will put my knowledge of city government to work to enable Plattsburgh to thrive and grow.

I have successfully worked with our unions in the past, and I will do my best to help guide city officials to make sure all unions have a contract.

My biggest goal is to work with the city, town and county, to bring them together for the betterment of all our residents.

There will be a primary on Sept. 10 for the Independence Party line. I am asking that you write my name in the space on the ballot marked Write-in.

Most of all, please come out to vote for the candidate of your choice and make your voice be heard.




Wise, energetic

TO THE EDITOR: There is new hope on the horizon for the City of Plattsburgh.

Rachelle Armstrong, who is running for Ward 1 Counselor, brings energy, passion and wisdom to this important role in shaping the present and future of our city.

Rachelle cares deeply about connecting with the residents of Ward 1 to add their voices to the conversations that will lead to responsible economic and environmental development.

She is diligent about doing research to seek the best solutions to problems and collaborating with experts to reach consensus.

Rachelle is a leader and a team player with strategic planning skills to take ideas into action.

Rachelle is deeply invested in our city, with children and grandchildren who live in Ward 1, as well. There is no one who will better serve our community.

Please vote for Rachelle in the primary on Sept. 10.