In My Opinion

September 14, 2012

In My Opinion: Mayor explains his feelings on dissolution

I read your editorial on dissolution and am happy for the chance to express my views.

I am leaning against dissolution of the Village of Keeseville, true, but this is only my opinion, and I have only one vote in this process.

The idea that some people might think the Board of Trustees and I are out to save our jobs couldn’t be further from the truth. The board members and I spend countless hours at meetings, on the phone, returning emails, hundreds of hours brainstorming ways to make our community a better place for our residents to live. We don’t do this job because of the money; we do it because we were elected by the majority to make decisions for our community.

Your view of eliminating a level of government is not a bad thought, but let’s start with the level that is not following the wishes of their voters. Our level of government lives, eats, shops and has direct contact with our voters every day. We can give an immediate response to taxpayers, we control our own spending, and we can set the direction our village goes because we are in control of our community’s government and services.

If history is our teacher, then we can learn from one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. He was a great proponent of local government; the bigger and more removed our government is from local control, the worse off we are.

Peter Baynes, in an article for the Utica Observer-Dispatch said, “scape-goating the village governments, which provide essential services that their communities need and desire in a cost-effective manner, is unproductive at best and, at worst, diverts attention from focusing on the real causes of the high taxes that are putting New York businesses at a competitive disadvantage and driving residents and companies out of the state. Acknowledging the real causes of New York’s high property taxes and demanding that our elected state leaders address these causes are essential steps that must be taken to truly revitalize New York.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
In My Opinion
  • In My Opinion Follow Vt. lead on prescription drugs

    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin recently called attention to a national crisis when he dedicated his entire State of the State message to address what he called Vermont's "full-blown heroin crisis," writes John Coppola of New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers Inc.

    March 12, 2014

  • In My Opinion: Rail companies must take action

    I write to commend emergency response officials in Essex County for taking a proactive approach to the increasing number of freight trains carrying crude oil through our communities on the Canadian Pacific line, as described in the Feb, 23 article, "Essex County developing disaster-response plans as rail traffic grows," writes Rep. Bill Owens.

    March 4, 2014

  • In My Opinion: Communal energy conservation urged

    Recently, several articles appeared in the Press-Republican about the City of Plattsburgh's electric rates and energy policies, writes SUNY Plattsburgh assistant professor Curt Gervich.

    March 3, 2014

  • In My Opinion: Support gave boost to broadcasting

    As many of you know, this is my 40th and final year of broadcasting Plattsburgh State Cardinal Hockey, writes WIRY broadcaster Ducky Drake.

    February 20, 2014

  • In My Opinion: Prison closures will increase danger

    In January, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision released its annual report on the state of New York's prisons, writes NYSCOPBA President Donn Rowe.

    February 18, 2014

  • In My Opinion: Everyone must commit to end smoking

    Smoking-related illnesses will cause 5.6 million children alive today to die prematurely unless smoking rates drop, the latest Surgeon General's Report says, write no-smoking advocates Glenn Pareira and Kendra Gertsch.

    February 12, 2014

  • In My Opinion: The right approach to youth sports

    Another youth basketball season is upon us, writes Town of Ellenburg Youth Director Chris Brooks. Local counties do a great job of organizing these leagues for our children to be able to participate and learn skills at a young age.

    January 8, 2014

  • In My Opinion: Fair evacuation plan needs review

    A year has come and gone with another great professional job done by our Clinton County Fair management, putting on its best yet entertainment.

    January 7, 2014

  • In My Opinion: New care models for aging population

    Our communities are experiencing a growing percentage of older residents, who are becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to health-care decisions, according to the administrators of local nursing homes.

    December 24, 2013

  • In My Opinion: Respect diversity of gender November is Transgender Awareness Month across the United States -- a time to celebrate the diversity of gender that many Americans, and especially many New Yorkers, share.

    November 25, 2013