Press-Republican

November 4, 2013

Candidates talk platforms

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Press-Republican

---- — ESSEX COUNTY

County district attorney: Kristy Sprague (R-C), incumbent.

County coroner (unexpired term): Francis Whitelaw (R), incumbent.

 

CHESTERFIELD

Town Council (two seats): Clayton Barber (R-I); Richard Klages (D-I); Brian LaFountain (D-I).

 

CLAYTON BARBER

Party: Republican.

Age: 52.

Education: AuSable Valley High School, attained high-school equivalency. 

Occupation: Pepsi Cola salesman.

Civic organizations: Member, Keeseville Elks Club 2072.

Family: Wife, Kimberly; son, Clayton, daughter, Kennedy Joe.

What are the most pressing issues in your community and how would you address them?

“I want to serve the community I was born and raised in. I’m hoping to let people know what the town board is doing for them and making sure that their tax dollars are being spent wisely. I would like to get people more involved in decisions that affect Chesterfield and encourage them to attend the town meetings so that they know what is going on. One of my biggest concerns is the (dissolution of) the Village of Keeseville (which will partly be governed by the Town of Chesterfield in 2014). I hope to make sure everybody is treated fairly in the village and outside the village.”

 

RICHARD KLAGES

Party: Democrat.

Age: 68.

Education: Keeseville High School graduate; courses at Clinton Community College.

Occupation: Retired from Keeseville Elks Lodge.

Previous government experience: Incumbent, 20 years on Chesterfield Town Council.

Civic organizations: Keeseville Youth Program; Plattsburgh Moose Lodge 2390; Keeseville Masonic Lodge 149; Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072; New York State Fire Chief’s Association; New York State Fire Police Association; Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department, 41 years.

Family: Wife, Kathleen; five children, Andy, Kevin, Danny, Aaron and Yvonne.

“Jobs, and job creation — I would continue reaching out for new business in our industrial district. We’ve got so many people out of work right now and so many youth out of work that we have to find employment for them. We do have an industrial park here in the Town of Chesterfield, and it is shovel-ready. I would continue to keep working on it, finding new businesses to move in. We also have to take care of our youth and our senior citizens and keep taxes low enough that they won’t hurt our living conditions. I would also work to make sure the yearly budget supports the needs of the people. If re-elected, I would use the best of my knowledge and ability to work for the people of the Town of Chesterfield.”

 

BRIAN LAFOUNTAIN

Party: Democrat.

Age: 33.

Education: AuSable Valley Central School graduate; human-services coursework at Clinton Community College.

Occupation: Heating and plumbing sales.

Previous government experience: Town of Chesterfield Zoning Board of Appeals, three years.

Civic organizations: Keeseville Youth Commission, three years; fundraising volunteer for Town of Chesterfield Disaster Fund; fundraising for the ALS Raising Hope Foundation; Phi Theta Kappa member; fundraising, American Cancer Society.

Family: Wife, Tiffany.

What are the most pressing issues in your community and how would you address them?

“What I most want to accomplish is to convince the residents that I have listened to their needs and voted on decisions based on their concerns. While doing that, I would like to know that, at the end of the first term in office, I have helped guide the town into the future by finding reasons for current generations to stay and live and work here and for future generations to stay and live and work here. If I can achieve that at the end of my first term, I would have accomplished what I told the voters I would do.”

 

CROWN POINT

Supervisor: Charles Harrington (R), incumbent.

Town Council (two seats): Walter Worth (R); Sherlene Simpson Barrows (R).

Highway superintendent: Eugene Ingleston Jr. (R), incumbent.

 

ELIZABETHTOWN

SUPERVISOR

MARGARET BARTLEY

Party: Democratic, Elizabethtown Citizens Party.

Age: 63.

Education: Sherwood High School graduate; bachelor's degree in U.S. history and government, Townson University; master's degree in creative writing, John Hopkins University.

Occupation: Elizabethtown town supervisor.

Civic organizations: Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce member; Essex County Historical Society Board; Essex County Thrift Shop, volunteer; Adirondack Architectural Heritage, member.

Family: Husband, Harry; two children; six grandchildren.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community, and how would you address them if elected?

"I think the biggest issue for us is moving the economy of Elizabethtown forward. I'm working on the Elizabethtown sewer project.

"I'm also working with a group to get Internet access to the rural areas in Elizabethtown that don't have Internet access now. We have a lot of places that are just dead space as well as cell service to the areas that are not served.

"If we can get a sewer, high-speed Internet and cell service into areas that are not served, it will boost our economy, bring more jobs and more people to our area, which will make us more prosperous."

 

NOEL MERRIHEW

Party: Republican.

Age: 59.

Education: Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School graduate; associate degree in liberal arts, North Country Community College; bachelor's degree in chemistry, SUNY Plattsburgh.

Occupation: Retired, Elizabethtown town supervisor.

Military service: Army, medical specialist.

Previous government experience: Elizabethtown assessor, 1992 to 2002; Elizabethtown town supervisor, 2002 to 2011.

Civic organizations: American Legion member, Kiwanis Club member.

Family: Wife, Hedy; two children.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community, and how would you address them if elected?

"Finances, taxes and, specifically for Elizabethtown, to remobilize the sewer project.

"If elected, I would get the agencies that I had been dealing with before — the North Country Council, the EPA, the DEC, the USDA — get them all back down into the room, bring them up to date on the status presently, what percentage complete we are and then our eligibility once we do achieve the 100 percent shovel-ready."

 

TOWN COUNCIL

EVELYN HATCH

Party: Democrat.

Age: 71.

Education: St. Jean Baptiste High School graduate; Wood Secretarial College graduate; studied real estate at Clinton Community College.

Occupation: Part-time, Essex County Public Defender's Office.

Previous government experience: Elizabethtown Planning Board, 2007 to 2012; Elizabethtown Town Council, 2012 to present.

Civic organizations: Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce treasurer.

Family: Widow; three adult children.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community, and how would you address them if elected?

"Probably the biggest one is business development in town, which ties into our having a sewer (system). The town put out a survey a year ago, and what most people were concerned about, it seemed, was economic and business development. Some people wanted things like a laundromat and a car wash to return to town, but we can't really have those things without a sewer system.

"So it was looking kind of bleak for awhile because we were losing all our businesses. Over the last few years, a lot of our little shops have closed, but I think things are on the upswing. I'm really optimistic because, for instance, right now we have two small businesses that will be opening shortly, so I think it we'll get back to where we were before.

"But we need that sewer system if we're really going to expect any kind of development."

RICHARD 'RICK' F. OLCOTT

Party: Republican. 

Age: 61.

Education: Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School graduate, studied physical education at Ithaca College, studied business at SUNY Plattsburgh, Technical training at Rockwell Automation.

Occupation: Electrical supervisor at NYCO.

Previous government experience: Elizabethtown Zoning Board, Elizabethtown Board of Assessors.

Civic organizations: Coached varsity, modified and junior varsity basketball at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central and Westport Central schools for 19 years, senior warden on the board for the Church of the Best Shepard, Elizabethtown Thrift Shop volunteer.

Family: Wife, Gay; five adult children, seven grandchildren.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community and how would you address them if elected? 

"I believe right now that one of the issues that the town faces is the growth of the town, attracting new families by bringing in new business and promoting new business in town. I also believe that we have the ability to attract new businesses because we have a town that we can grow, and I think getting business into town is probably the most important issue we have at this point."

Candidate William Wright Jr. could not be reached for this report.

 

OTHER RACES

Town clerk/tax collector: Debra Brooks (R), incumbent.

Town justice ( two seats): William Garrison (R-I), incumbent; Michael Doyle (R-I).

Town Council (two seats): Evelyn Hatch (D-I), incumbent; William Wright Jr. (R-I); Richard S. Olcott (R,I).

 

ESSEX

SHARON M. BOISEN

Party: Independent.

Age: 51.

Education: Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, Vt.

Occupation: Essex town supervisor; former entrepreneur, with 13 years banking experience as teller, loan processor, loan officer and branch management; two and a half years patient financial services at University Health Center/Fletcher Allen Health Care; 10 years owned and operated Natural Goods and Finery in Essex.

Previous government experience: Town supervisor, four years; Essex County Board of Supervisors, chair of Space Committee and co-chair of Essex County Animal Cruelty Task Force; previously participated with Essex Town Council on all committees regarding town sewer and water projects; chair of the Sewer Law Committee.

Civic organizations: Board member, Adirondack Art Association, three years, president for second consecutive year; member, Town Commerce Committee for success of local businesses, agriculture, historic preservation and recreational activities for the town; participate in Community Supported Agriculture Program supporting local farmers, nine years.

Family: Husband, Bruce Boisen.

What do you intend to accomplish if elected?

“We need to find a well site for our public water system. I would like to see the water project completed in my next term.”

The system will serve the hamlet of Essex, she said.

“Whallonsburg Fire Department is looking at a new building outside the flood plain. I’d like to continue to pursue that. We’ve started a funding search. We’re working on grant applications now.

“The new building is necessary because what they have now is insufficient. They can’t buy a new firetruck because new firetrucks are larger than the previous ones, and a new truck wouldn’t fit into the current Fire Station. The building isn’t large enough.”

 

EDWARD GARDNER

Party: Independent.

Age: 64.

Education: Willsboro Central School.

Occupation: Semi-retired. Owned heavy-equipment repair business, 12 years.

Previous government experience: Essex Town Council, 12 years.

Civic organizations: Willsboro Knights of Columbus; Keeseville Elks Lodge, former exalted ruler, state vice president.

Family: Wife, Patricia; four grown children.

What do you intend to accomplish if elected?

“I’d like to get the town to get back together. There’s too much micromanagement now. We need a new water system; we should look at what we can afford, what’s needed and what’s necessary. I’d like to keep costs down.

“I’d like to make the community into something we and our children can be proud to live in.”

 

OTHER RACES

Town Council (two seats): Bryan Garvey (R); Clair LaPine (R-I).

Highway superintendent: Bradley French (R-I).

Town clerk/tax collector: William Morgan (I).

Assessor: Dianne Lansing (R).

 

JAY

TOWN COUNCIL

(Vote for two, four-year terms)

 

FRED BALZAC

Party: Green Party; independent, Tax Fairness Party.

Age: 54.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English, Columbia University.

Occupation: Local bed-and-breakfast business owner; freelance writer.

Previous government experience: Member and former chairman, Essex County Occupancy Tax Advisory Committee.

Civic organizations: Grant writer, Town of Jay Community Garden; content writer and co-developer, Town of Jay inaugural website; co-founder, president of Bridge & Beyond in Jay; crisis counselor and media coordinator, Project Hope; former member Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitor’s Bureau; former board member, Jay Entertainment and Music Society.

Family: Wife, Kathleen Recchia; son, Sam.

What do you hope to accomplish in the coming term if you’re elected?

"What I hope to do includes focusing on smart economic growth, while preserving the beauty of our town’s environment. My definition of 'smart economic growth' is economic growth that is both effective and that isn’t going to bring with it other problems, such as pollution or sprawl; it is growth that fits in with the character of our town. I would work to create a Buy Local program — a public/private partnership where the town would reach out to businesses and organize an association encouraging town residents to support these businesses actively. The goal with Buy Local awareness is to strengthen our local businesses so they can survive and prosper and perhaps even add jobs, and, in that way, keep the money circulating through our local economy. I plan to look into green, renewable energy for the Town of Jay and area residents. I’m supporting more spending for our two libraries, and I’m for promoting our three arts centers. Jay is fortunate to have three incredible arts centers that can draw visitors to our town. We can also tie our local arts into our history. Taxes and spending are also a concern; we really have to look at ways to reduce spending."

 

ARCHIE DEPO

Party: Democratic, independent.

Age: 62.

Education: High-school graduate.

Occupation: Retired from Pepsi Cola, part-time custodian.

Previous government experience: Incumbent, 16 years on Town Council, 13 years as deputy supervisor.

Civic organizations: Former volunteer, AuSable Forks Ambulance Service and AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department.

Family: Wife, Deborah; two children, Shelley and Jessica.

What do you hope to accomplish in the coming term if you’re elected?

"There are several projects ongoing I would like to see completed in the coming term. We are currently asking Elizabethtown Community Hospital to bring in a health clinic into the Town of Jay. We are also negotiating with NYSEG and a Canadian firm to bring hydro-electric power to AuSable Forks at the old Pulp Dam. I would like to see that hydro plant come in here, and it’s looking very good. I would also like to see the FEMA flood buyout process through — and the cleanup done afterwards. We also have a $3 million grant through the Governor's Office to rebuild to prevent future flooding. We are also going to apply for a new grant to build a playground in Upper Jay for the residents there. It is something they asked for, and we made that promise. These are projects I would like to fulfill in the next term."

 

AMY SHALTON

Party: Republican, independent.

Education: Graduate, AuSable Valley High School; continuing education, Clinton Community College.

Occupation: Realtor.

Previous government experience: Incumbent; Jay Town Council, 12 years; coordinator, Main Street Grant. 

Civic organizations: Adirondack Community Action Program member, AuSable Forks Revitalization Committee member; former Girl Scout Leader; former AuSable Valley swim coach; Jay/Black Brook Youth Commission member; Hurricane Irene Relief and Recovery Effort volunteer; annual Christmas Toy and Holiday Meal Drive volunteer.

Family: Husband, Chester; four children, Douglas, Taunya, Charles, Amanda.

What do you hope to accomplish in the coming term if you’re elected?

"I truly care about our town and all of our people. It’s the reason I run for office. I would like to continue working with the current town board in our ongoing efforts to revitalize and improve the Town of Jay, while always looking for grant monies and funding to help defray the rising costs of state-mandated projects. I strive to always listen to our constituents and work to find solutions to the issues that concern them. I am aware of the current concerns over the cost of taxes and hope to work with the other board members to find ideas that allow us to continue to finalize a budget that remains under the 2 percent tax cap. I value the relationship I have with the other elected and appointed officials in the Town of Jay, as well as the constituents, and would be honored to have the opportunity to serve our town for another four years."

OTHER RACES

Supervisor: Randy Douglas (D-I), incumbent.

Town clerk: Beatrice Pelkey (R), incumbent.

Town justice: The following names will be on the ballot, but a recent public vote removed the justice position, so the elected person will not serve. Rosemond Lincoln-Day (I); Rodney Dockum (I); and William Minogue (I).

Highway superintendent: Christopher Garrow (D-I), incumbent; William Lincoln Sr. (R-I).

Tax collector: Valerie Coolidge (R-I); Tina Fenton (I).

 

KEENE

Supervisor: William Ferebee (R-I), incumbent.

Town clerk: Ellen Estes (R-I), incumbent.

Town justice (four years): Constance Hickey (R-I), incumbent.

Town Council (two seats): Robert Biesemeyer (D-I), incumbent; Paul Martin (R-I), incumbent.

Highway superintendent: Gary Manley (R-I); Ryan Hall (R-I).

Tax collector: Donna Reed Austin (R-I), incumbent.

 

LEWIS

Supervisor: David Blades (R-I), incumbent.

Town clerk: James Pierce (R), incumbent.

Town justice: Timothy Pierce (R), incumbent.

Town Council (two seats): Robert Sweatt (R); James Monty (R).

Highway superintendent: Eldred Hutchins (R), incumbent.

Tax collector: Kathleen Robertson (R); Amy Chapuk (I).

 

MINERVA

SUPERVISOR

SUE MONTGOMERY COREY

Party: Democrat, independent.

Age: 55.

Education: Graduate, Northern Adirondack Central School; bachelor's degree in environmental studies and government, St. Lawrence University; master's degree in technical communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Occupation: President, Community Power Network of New York State, Olmstedville.

Previous government experience: Minerva Emergency Preparedness Committee, chair, several years; appointed by then-Gov. David Paterson to State Home Energy Assistance Program’s Policy Advisory Council.

Civic organizations: Member, Minerva Service Organization and Minerva Historical Society; recently appointed to the Common Ground Alliance Core Group and Adirondack Community Action Programs Board of Directors.

Military service: Two years, Army ROTC.

Family: Husband, Michael; children, Emma and Eben (host parent this year to Kevin Hsaio of Taiwan).

What do you want to accomplish during your term if elected?

“Minerva celebrates 200 years in 2017. Honoring our past and celebrating the next chapter of an extraordinary town is one priority I have.

 “Others are safe, affordable housing; a $400,000 housing grant and other referrals are helping many Minerva households to make critical health and safety repairs. I will keep connecting people with resources.

“Preserving what we have, repairing facilities and looking aggressively for grants and investments to reduce the impact on our finances is critical. Repairs to our parks and highway buildings cut heating costs and improved use of both buildings.

“The Donnelly Beach facilities have been repainted and rebuilt. We are also working to bring our Senior Meal Site kitchen to code, and I have arranged funding of nearly $4,000 to replace equipment. We are working on repairs to Minerva Lake Dam.

“Improving telecommunications with Verizon’s 2014 cell tower is a step in the right direction, but it is not all the communications services that we need. I will work to bring broadband technology to Minerva.

“Building a year-round economy using the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub, representing five towns for the use of the former Finch (paper company) lands. This will help us to develop a four-season recreation and tourism economy. Minerva should be part of that.”

 

STEPHEN McNALLY

Party: Independent.

Age: 52.

Education: Minerva Central School.

Occupation: General manager, American Van Service, Glens Falls.

Previous government experience: Town Council, 10 years; deputy supervisor.

Family: Wife, Bonnie.

What do you want to accomplish during your term if elected?

“I have lived in Minerva all of life, and I am involved in many groups and organizations in Minerva. I am a fiscal conservative, strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

"I have operated a company for 25 years, and I have the management skills needed to operate the town in the most efficient way.

“My top issues would be: efficiency — we need to maintain services using the most efficient means to accomplish that; procedure — we need to operate our government by using the procedures and protocol in place. We need to get things done timely and accurately.

“I will work exclusively for the people of Minerva. I will be in town and available. I will work with the town board to improve our community  and to operate our government in the most cost-efficient way.”

 

TOWN COUNCIL

KEITH DUBAY

Party: Republican, independent.

Age: 47.

Education: Minerva Central School, BOCES Trade School.

Occupation: Small-business owner.

Previous government experience: Minerva Town Council, four years.

Civic organizations: Minerva Fire Department.

Family: Two grown children.

What are the major issues and how would you address them?

“I’d like to see us save money on taxes and generate revenue to compensate for taxes. I’d like to see some more small businesses in the area. I’d work with the people, answer questions, help out in any way I can.”

 

PETER McNALLY

Party: Democrat.

Age: 44.

Education: Minerva Central School.

Occupation: Works for New York state.

Civic organizations: Minerva Fire Department.

Family: Wife, Jessica; two children, Katelyn and Robert.

What are the major issues and how will you address them?

“I’d like to see the land project move forward. It would be great for tourism for us.

“The town organization should be working more intertwined. I’d like to see organizations come together more. I’d like to see more improvements for our town beach and camping area. That’s a money-maker for the town.”

 

DOUGLAS McCALL

Party: Republican, independent.

Age: 47.

Education: Minerva Central School.

Occupation: Self-employed building contractor.

Previous government experience: Minerva Town Council, eight years previous.

Family: Wife, Kim; four children.

What are the major issues and how would you address them?

“I’d like to go back to doing what I did for eight years on the board, which was getting projects accomplished.”

 

ROB LEE

Party: Independent.

Age: 70.

Education: Bachelor's degree from Army schools.

Occupation: Retired.

Previous government experience: Town Planning Board.

Military service: U.S Army Special Forces, 20 years.

Family: Wife, Mary Irene; seven children.

What are the major issues and how would you address them?

“I’d like to create more jobs in the community. I’d encourage economic development. That’s what I’m primarily interested in.”

 

OTHER RACES

Town clerk: Diana Mason (D), incumbent.

Highway superintendent: Bruce McGinn (R-I), incumbent.

Assessor: Darlene Duffy (D).

Tax collector: Effie Jane McNally (R), incumbent.

 

MORIAH

TOWN COUNCIL

LUCILLE (LUCI) CARPENTER

Party: Republican, independent.

Age: 56.

Education:. Bachelor’s degree, psychology, Elmira College; master's studies in special education.

Occupation: Self-employed.

Previous government experience: Moriah Central School Board member.

Family: Husband, Tom Carpenter; daughter, Jacqueline E. Carpenter; son, Brian T. Carpenter, deceased.

What would you like to see the town accomplish if you're elected?

“The Town of Moriah has great potential to grow and become an economically thriving community. I would like to see us use the resources at our disposal, both natural and human, more effectively and efficiently to boost our local economy.

“There are myriad ways to promote economic growth, and one way in which I'd like to use my time in office is to explore the possibilities and take some action to grow Moriah's economic potential.”

 

TIMOTHY GARRISON

Party: Republican, independent.

Age: 46.

Education: North Country Community College; Plattsburgh State, major in math/science.

Occupation: Service/body shop manager, Adirondack Auto Service, Elizabethtown, 24 years.

Civic organizations: Youth soccer and baseball coach, nine years; previous volunteer EMT with Moriah Ambulance Squad, four years; Moriah Community Economic Development Group, chair; Board of Directors member Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

Family: Wife, Judy; three children, Jarod, Reagan and Caden.

What would you like to see the town accomplish if you are elected?

“I would like to see more unity with the town government and the village government. More services need to be consolidated in the interest of saving the taxpayer money.

"Also, we need to continue on our waterfront development and our infrastructure investments.

“This coming budget year, we have over a quarter of a million dollars slated for blacktop and $5,000 for sidewalks. It is very positive to see the town investing back in itself.”

 

COREY STEIGLEMAN

Party: Independent.

Age: 29.

Education: Clinton Community College, associate degree.

Occupation: Energy consultant; hand-carved candlemaker.

Previous government experience: Worked on Bill Owens's campaign for Congress.

Civic organizations: Ticonderoga Assembly of God.

Family: Wife, Christina; son, Noah Phoenix.

What would you like to see the town accomplish if you're elected?

“I’m running a faith-based campaign. There has to be more faith, more God brought back into politics. That’s how this country was founded.

“I would love to see a new and improved park for the kids, a recreation park. I’d love to see more jobs. They’re going to be building a new building in the Mineville Industrial Park. That could help.”

He said he’d like to keep racing down on the Tracy Road, a favorite for motorcyclists.

“I’d like to have maybe one day a month during the biking season, it could be used for motorcycles, with paramedics standing by. Safety would be my primary concern.

“I would try to see that people’s issues are taken care of to the best of my ability.”

 

OTHER RACES

Supervisor: Thomas Scozzafava (R-I), incumbent.

Assessor: Paul Mazzotte (R), incumbent.

 

NEWCOMB

TOWN COUNCIL

(Vote for two)

MARY ANNE DILLON BUSH

Party: Democrat, independent.

Age: 49.

Education: Newcomb Central School; Adirondack Community College, associate degree; SUNY Plattsburgh, bachelor’s degree, elementary education; and University of Albany, master’s in reading.

Occupation: Mother.

Previous government experience: Newcomb Town Council, eight years.

Civic organizations: Newcomb Lions Club.

Family: Husband, Tony; three children at home.

What would you like to see the town accomplish if you are elected?

“The road (resurfacing of Route 28N) will be going through next year. A new water system will be happening for the Winebrook area. Cell service will be on its way. We have a comprehensive plan which we’re trying to activate with improvements to the town.

“The big thing for our town is the Essex Chain of Lakes purchase. We’re wondering how it will be classified. That’s a big issue. They should listen to the people (who want Wild Forest classification).”

 

DONALD BOTT

Party: Republican, independent.

Age: 68.

Occupation: Retired.

Previous government experience: Newcomb Town Council, three years; Newcomb Planning Board, two years.

Civic organizations: Newcomb Lions Club, Newcomb Fire Department.

Family: Wife, Marlene; three grown children.

What would you like to see the town accomplish if you are elected?

“We’re working on the Route 28N corridor (resurfacing). We’re redoing the Town Comprehensive Plan. I’m involved in that.

"We’re working on the classification of the Essex Chain of Lakes to get better access to the land so more people can use it.

“We’re working with Verizon to get a cell tower in Newcomb. By spring, we’ll have cell service in Newcomb.”

 

PAUL HAI

Party: Democrat.

Age: 46.

Occupation: Program coordinator, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Adirondack Ecological Center.

Previous government experience: Newcomb Town Planning Board, 2006.

Civic organizations: Newcomb Lions Club, president twice; North Country Canoe Challenge Planning Committee, seven years; Teddy Roosevelt Days Committee, 10 years.

Family: Wife, Stacy McNulty; two children at home.

What would you like to see the town accomplish if you are elected?

“The Essex Chain of Lakes classification will be released (by the Adirondack Park Agency), and we will have to work with DEC for a Unit Management Plan that will help Newcomb benefit from the land classification, whatever it’s going to be. I’m committed to working with DEC on that.”

The towns have asked for Wild Forest, which is less restrictive than the Wilderness classification requested by environmental groups. The land was purchased from Finch, Pruyn paper company.

“The Five Towns Initiative came out of the Essex Chain classification. That is an effort to bring together communities to strengthen our voice in the process. I want to continue that work for the benefit of that region, to continue to build on that.

“I want to build stronger partnerships.”

 

OTHER RACES

Supervisor: George Canon (R-I), incumbent.

Town clerk: Mary Pound (R-I), incumbent.

Assessor: John Thornton (D), incumbent.

Highway superintendent: Mark Yandon (I), incumbent; John Helms (D-I).

Tax collector: Karen Darrah (R-I), incumbent.

 

NORTH ELBA

Supervisor: Robert Politi (R-I), incumbent.

Town Council (two seats): Jack Favro (R), incumbent; Derek Doty (D).

Town justice: Dean Dietrich (D-I), incumbent.

Assessor: Kimball Daby (R), incumbent, died on Oct. 31, but it was too late to remove his name from the ballot.

 

NORTH HUDSON

Town Council (two seats): Robert Dobie (D-I); Marshall Gero (R-I), incumbent; John King Sr. (R-I).

Assessor: Bruce Caza (R).

Town justice: Deborah Marie Duntley (R), incumbent.

 

SCHROON

Supervisor: Michael Marnell (R), incumbent.

Town justice: Cheryl Indelicato (R); William Tribou III (R); Tracy Hanchett (R); Paul Mieras (R).

Town Council (two seats): Roger Friedman (R, I), incumbent; Margaret “Meg” Wood (R-I), incumbent.

Assessor (two seats): Thomas Erikson (R), incumbent.

 

ST. ARMAND

Supervisor: Charles Whitson Jr. (R-I), incumbent.

Town clerk: Davina Thurston (D), incumbent.

Town justice: Sheridan Swinyer (R), incumbent.

Town Council (two seats): Dan Bates (R); Jennifer Fuller (R).

Highway superintendent: Roger Oliver (R), incumbent.

Tax collector: Nancy Heath (D), incumbent.

 

TICONDEROGA

SUPERVISOR

DEBRA A. MALANEY

Party: Independent.

Age: 56.

Education: North Country Community College, studied business administration.

Occupation: Ticonderoga town supervisor.

Previous government experience: Councilwoman, Ticonderoga Town Council, six years; Montcalm Street Revitalization; Ti Economic Development; Ti Quality Destination Development; Essex County Occupancy Tax Advisory Board; Lake Champlain Marketing Committee; Champlain Bridge Advisory Committee.

Civic organizations: Member, Ticonderoga Daughters of American Revolution; and Ticonderoga Arts Inc.

Family: Daughter, Aidan Malaney-Yates; son, Thomas Malaney Jr.

What would you like to see the town accomplish if you’re elected?

“I want to see us provide safe, affordable, dependable drinking water to the community. We are trying to comply with state mandates.”

The town is looking at drilling a municipal well as its principal public drinking-water source.

“We have even better word on our second test well than before, and it looks like it will be extremely high yield. It could go into production in the next couple months.”

She supports the idea of hiring a town manager if they can find a way to afford it.

“A town manager would be a wonderful addition to the town’s staff. However, how do you pay for it? The cost, including benefits, could be $100,000 to $120,000, and that’s a 5 percent tax increase.”

The town has been securing many grants to help pay for upgrades to town utilities, she said.

“We’ve seen $6 million in grants in the last three and one half years for infrastructure and town projects.”

Malaney said she’s trying to improve the quality of life for residents.

“I’m working on economic development with the Ti Revitalization Alliance; we started the Ti Drug Coalition to secure our children’s future, and we’ve welcomed a dozen new businesses to town.”

The expansion of the Ticonderoga hamlet boundaries is another project she’d like to accomplish in the next couple of years.

“It would greatly reduce our Adirondack Park Agency land-use restrictions. People would be able to expand the use of their properties.”

 

STEVEN WHITFORD

Party: Independent.

Age: 57.

Education: Crown Point Central School; Regional Police Academy.

Occupation: Retired police officer, Ticonderoga Police Department.

Previous government experience: Incumbent, Ticonderoga Town Council, eight years.

Civic organizations: Ticonderoga Volunteer Fire Department, 1978 to 1986.

Family: Wife, Linda; son, Travis, and daughter, Stacey; two granddaughters.

What would you like to see the town accomplish if you’re elected?

“A lot of things have to change in Ticonderoga. I think I can do it.”

He supports the training program that North Country Community College would like to put in the vacant Lowe’s Home Center building at the Four Corners.

“That would be a huge plus for Ticonderoga.”

The town should also keep its trash transfer station, Whitford said, instead of contracting it out, as has been proposed.

“We can make money for ourselves there. At 15 cents a pound for trash, we generate $165,000 a year, but if we went to 20 cents, we’d make $215,000 and be in the black at the transfer station.”

The transfer site loses about $29,000 a year now, he said.

“Our Town Building Codes Office made half its budget back last year, so we should do more inspections, issue certificates of occupancy, like many other towns, to generate more revenue. The Codes Office is making great strides. We could hire one or two more part-time codes officers.”

They have only one full-time codes officer there now, he said.

He also advocates selling aviation fuel at the Ticonderoga Municipal Airport.

“We could put an 8,000-gallon tank in, make $5,000 to $25,000 profit a year and use that in other departments. My goal is to get the airport off the tax rolls by making it self-supporting.”

The fuel sales would be automated, he said, so a pilot would need only a credit card to gas up.

“Ticonderoga can get on its feet. We need to take baby steps.”

 

R. WILLIAM GRINNELL

Party: Republican, independent.

Age: 67.

Education: SUNY Canton, two years.

Occupation: Building contractor, retired.

Previous government experience: Ticonderoga School Board, 15 years, 1984-96 and 2010-2013.

Civic organizations: Ticonderoga Elks Lodge, Ticonderoga Masons, Ticonderoga Little League.

Military service: U.S. Army National Guard.

Family: Wife, Laurie; three grown children and one son, Lucas, in school.

What would you like to see the town accomplish if you’re elected?

“I don’t feel the town has given appreciative weight to the best choice for our drinking-water source. I sent the engineers a letter listing some of the known artesian sites.”

The town now gets its public drinking water from Gooseneck Pond and Lake George but is planning to drill a municipal well for the primary water source.

“We’re giving up two of the most pristine water sources for a well that a tremor could take out. We live on a fault line. Why is Ti going to drink well water when we have Lake George?”

He said the town should upgrade its filter system and the reservoir at Gooseneck instead of drilling a well, or at least consider the artesian sites over the current site in the Streetroad hamlet.

“The town has no maintenance plans and no leadership to create any. Our sewer and water systems and roads need a dedicated fund, and I’d start one.”

Grinnell also supports hiring a town business manager.

“I think the supervisor would be well-served with a business manager. Ti qualifies under State Home Rule to appoint a business manager. The town board could pass a resolution to make Ticonderoga a Class I town so it could hire a manager.”

He also doesn’t support the current town plan to contract out the trash transfer station.

“It’s operating at a loss. The town has four proposals from parties interested in leasing the transfer station. But we’re paying someone to haul away recyclables. What’s wrong with that picture? We should be paid for our recyclables.

“I’d keep running it, but on a business basis to make a profit.”

He said he believes whoever is supervisor must lobby hard in Ticonderoga’s best interests.

“Leadership issues are a problem for us. We’re not getting enough bang for our buck on supervisor lobbying. I’d like to do that for the town.”

 

TOWN COUNCIL

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DORCEY CRAMMOND

Party: Republican.

Age: 73.

Education: Ticonderoga High School; North Country Community College.

Occupation: Fort Ticonderoga Museum store, supervisor.

Previous government experience: Ticonderoga Town Council, eight years.

Civic organizations: Hancock House Board of Trustees; Montcalm Street window displays group; Downtown Gallery, volunteer; United Methodist Church.

Family: Husband, Lawrence; one daughter, Jill, and two grandchildren.

What would you like to accomplish during the term of office?

“I have been very upset about the town water situation. We have two prime drinking-water sources: Lake George and Gooseneck Pond. I’m not faulting our town board, but I think they have been given wrong advice from our engineers. All the problems we’re facing now with the water has made me very concerned. I’d like to try to correct the situation.”

The town is preparing to switch to a municipal well, while retaining the other two sources as backups, which has become a controversial issue.

“My platform is let’s get common sense back into government. I’m willing to listen to someone else besides one engineer that says this is the way to go.”

 

FRED HUNSDON SR.

Party: Democrat; independent.

Age: 71.

Education: Chilson School; Ticonderoga Central School.

Occupation: Retired.

Previous government experience: Essex County Hazmat Team.

Civic organizations: Chilson fire chief, eight years; Ticonderoga Elks; Ticonderoga Masons.

Military service: U.S. Army, six years.

Family: Wife, Sylvia; five grown children.

What would you like to accomplish during the term of office?

“I would like to see some planning for the future of the town. There has been no planning. They aren’t listening to the people. I want the people to inform me of what they want. I hope I’ll get that response.”

The town uses Gooseneck Pond in Chilson and Lake George as water sources, but is preparing to switch to a municipal well, while retaining the other two as backups.

“I’d like to see the water system upgrade completed. Gooseneck Pond has been there for years, and nobody has done anything with it. If it broke, they fixed it, that’s all. The town could take priorities. The bad places in the water system that need attention could be worked on.”

 

JAMES KOLYSKO

Party: Republican.

Age: 65.

Education: Ticonderoga High School.

Occupation: Retired.

Military service: U.S. Army, two years.

Family: Wife, Carolyn; two grown children.

What would you like to accomplish during the term of office?

“I’d like more openness. The only way you know what’s going on is if you’re on the inside. I’d do my best to keep taxes down. That’s one of my main concerns.

“I’m going to try to make Ticonderoga a better place to live. We have to focus on where we spend our money and how we spend our money. I don’t think we’re (the town) doing a very good job of that.”

 

CHATTIE VAN WERT

Party: Independent.

Age: 60.

Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration, University of Albany; associate degree in data processing, SUNY Canton.

Occupation: Owner, Ticonderoga Sunshine Laundry and Apartments (1992-2011); Sunshine Car Wash (2003-2008); Ranchouse at Baldwin (1987-1995); information technology industry (1973-1988).

Previous government experience: State Department of Health employee, 1978-1981, maintained State Tumor Registry Database.

Civic organizations: Volunteer at St. Mary's Church and School; Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Streetfest organizer and ambassador; Inter-Lakes Health Board of Directors, chair of Quality Improvement Committee; Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, volunteer director.

Family: Two grown sons, Ben and Gerrit; widowed from Jeff Van Wert; married to Art Hatfield.

What would you like to accomplish during the term of office?

“I will encourage creativity to improve our quality of life, and I will work together at all levels of our community: government, business, industry, education, health care, places of worship and volunteer organizations.

“My priorities are: best practices in government operating efficiency, effectiveness and communications; prioritizing and planning infrastructure replacement and upgrades; workforce development; North Country Community College School of Applied Technology, with trades, health-care and work-readiness training; economic development; retain, return and engage the younger population; planning for the care of our aging population; and safe, quality housing.”

 

WESTPORT

SUPERVISOR

DANIEL CONNELL

Party: Democrat, independent.

Age: 68.

Education: Keeseville High School; Cornell University, bachelor’s degree; SUNY Plattsburgh, master’s degree.

Occupation: Town supervisor.

Previous government experience: Westport town supervisor, 12 years; Westport Town Council, two years.

Military service: U.S. Navy, four years.

Civic organizations: Knights of Columbus; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Keeseville Elks.

Family: Wife, Lucille; four grown children; eight grandchildren.

What would you like to accomplish if elected?

“I want to continue to move forward with economic development in our town. We have a huge economic-development project now in the new Rolling Hills housing development. They’re spending $14 million on construction, and 92 percent of that has been spent in Westport and the surrounding region.

“We worked hard to get that project to Westport. Four other areas were considered.

“Our hamlet-expansion project is back on track. It would allow some development that would be harder to do under Adirondack Park Agency regulations without the expansion.”

Under APA rules, hamlet areas have fewer restrictions on commercial development.

“We’re working on a Comprehensive Plan for the future of Westport. Public meetings are being held now on the arts and agriculture. It’s about what we can zero in on in Westport — tourism, arts, a hotel are all being considered.”

He said the State Department of Environmental Conservation has requested upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant for the Wadhams hamlet.

“There are 40 users, and the issue is maintenance of the equipment, testing. We have a Dec. 13 deadline to file for funding.

“The State Comptroller’s Office has a fiscal report on Westport online, and we are as low as we can be. Our score is zero, meaning no financial problems.”

 

JAMES R. CARROLL

Party: Republican.

Age: 52.

Education: Union College, bachelor’s degree in managerial economics.

Occupation: Independent business owner.

Previous government experience: Westport Central School Board, 12 years.

Civic organizations: Plan and Learn Safely (PALS) group; Children’s Center of the North Country; Depot Theatre Advisory Board; Boquet River Theater Festival Board; Workforce Investment Board.

Family: Two daughters: Alyssa and Kelsey.

What would you like to accomplish if elected?

“I ran for School Board because I wanted to see the school be as good as it can be. I need to make Westport as good as it can be and capitalize on its assets.”

The issue is good jobs, he said, which prevent children like his from moving back into the area.

“We should further tourism, which would make every business stronger. We need to be realistic about what will come here. We have an amazing school and a great community. We need something here that is a great employer and is diverse.

“Health care is a building industry. We have an aging population. An assisted-living facility makes a lot of sense. That’s a huge employment opportunity.”

He said he’d work toward that.

Carroll observed that management of the town is an important part of being town supervisor.

“You need a go-getter who looks for opportunities. Look to lead, not just manage. That’s where I see my focus is in bringing this town forward.”

He said Westport is soon losing two businesses: a flower shop and a law office.

“That’s not good. We used to have two pharmacies, a couple of soda fountains, a catalog store. We have a lot to offer, but we don’t have a way for young people to move here. We need to find ways to stem that tide.”

He praised construction of the Rolling Hills development.

“As it becomes inhabited, it will only benefit the town. I want to stay here. I love Westport. I want to do the best I can for the community.”

 

TOWN COUNCIL

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RUSSELL PAQUETTE

Party: Democrat, Independent.

Age: 73.

Education: Westport Central School graduate.

Occupation: Retired, International Paper.

Military service: U.s. Army, six years.

Previous government experience: Westport Town Council, 2008 to present.

Civic organizations: Former Westport Volunteer Fire Department emergency squad member.

Family: Wife, Jean; one adult child.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community, and how would you address them if elected?

"A lack of young people that stems from a lack of jobs that stems from the way this little town has always been a mecca for tourism and second homes. How do you correct that?

"At a Meet the Candidates forum the other night, I asked the public, 'What is it you think we ought to do?' We've got all the things we need to make it another Lake George or we can bring in some clean businesses and stay the way we are. That's the way the people like it who I talked to, but, of course, you've got another fringe outfit. They want to have something bigger and better."

 

STEVEN VIENS

Party: Democrat, Honesty Party.

Age: 56.

Education: Westport Central School graduate; associate degree in agricultural engineering, SUNY Cobleskill.

Occupation: Retired, Essex County Highway construction mechanic.

Family: Wife, Mary Jane; three children,

What are the biggest issues affecting your community, and how would you address them if elected? 

"Revitalizing the town is one; the other is updating some of our buildings. The firehouse and Town Highway Department are trying to coordinate and build a new building, and the Town Hall is trying to undergo repairs to update that. It's on the Historic Register now, and we want to save it."

 

TIMOTHY SHERMAN

Party: Republican.

Age: 56.

Education: Westport Central School graduate; studied mechanical technology and agricultural engineering at Canton ATC.

Previous government experience: Westport Town Council, 2007 to present; Westport town assessor, four years.

Family: Wife, Gwen; three adult children.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community, and how would you address them if elected?

"Our two DPW fire district buildings, they're not in disrepair but they're getting antiquated, they're getting cramped, so they should be upgraded. I'm on the committee working on that.

"The other thing is we're working on a hamlet expansion and some changes to our zoning law. That's going to require a lot of work, and also that will help determine the future of the town for the next 20 to 30 years until we do it again."

Candidate Gerald Goulet did not respond to messages seeking information.

 

OTHER RACES

Town justice: Michael “Ike” Tyler (R).

 

WILLSBORO

SUPERVISOR

EDWARD HATCH

Party: Democrat.

Age: 75.

Education: Willsboro Central School graduate; studied business at St. Michael's College.

Occupation: Owner, Hatch Essential Oil Co.

Previous government experience: Democratic Essex County election commissioner, 1986 to 2006; Willsboro town supervisor, 1972 to 1980; incumbent town supervisor.

Family: Wife, Nancy; seven adult children.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community and how would you address them?

"Taxes are the biggest issue. What I've worked at as supervisor is to continue keeping the taxes level and as low as possible."

 

SHAUN GILLILLAND

Party: Republican, Independent.

Age: 55.

Education: Yorktown High School graduate; bachelor's degree, Virginia Military Institute; master's degree, Naval Coast Graduate School; master's degree, National War College.

Occupation: Farmer, Ben Wever Farms; owner, Ridgeway International Inc.

Military service: U.S. Navy, 25 years, retired as captain.

Previous government experience: Willsboro Town Planning Board member, 2007 to 2009; Willsboro fire commissioner, 2009 to 2012; Willsboro Town Council, 2012 to present.

Civic organizations: Essex County Farm Bureau, vice president; Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Board of Directors; Willsboro Development Corp. Board of Directors.

Family: Wife, Linda; two adult children.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community, and how would you address them?

"I think the biggest issue in Willsboro right now is moving forward with effective leadership. We're having a tremendous turnover in leadership at the Town Hall.

"The town has a large number of different pressing issues, budgetary and management issues that require good, effective leadership and direction. Right now, I think the town is not really on a set course with any goals or vision, and I believe I have the experience from my career in the Navy and in local government and in running my own businesses that I can provide that direction to move Willsboro forward effectively and provide good, solid work for economic development."

 

TOWN COUNCIL

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NANCY HUESTIS

Party: Republican, Citizens Liberty Team Player Party.

Age: 69.

Education: South Colonie High School graduate; general studies at Hudson Valley Community College; bachelor's degree in education, SUNY Plattsburgh.

Occupation: Homemaker; operator of Huestis Funeral Home.

Previous government experience: Willsboro Town Council, 1988 to present, incumbent.

Civic organizations: Order of the Eastern Star, member; United Methodist Church, member; Meals on Wheels, volunteer.

Family: Widow; three adult children.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community, and how would you address them if elected?

"My major issue is to maintain our balanced fiscal situations over the course of the Highway Department, the Water and Sewer Department. The aging population, the younger children's population, all of them are affected through monies that comes through with taxes through the town, and I just feel as if I'm very responsible for keeping track of reasonable amounts of spending."

 

CHARLES LUSTIG JR.

Party: Republican.

Age: 68.

Education: Aviation High School, graduate; master's degree in history, SUNY Plattsburgh.

Occupation: Social-studies teacher, Plattsburgh High School.

Military service: Army, two years; National Guard, 23 years

Previous government experience: Willsboro Town Council member, more than 30 years.

Civic organizations: Order of the Eastern Star, member; Willsboro Heritage Society, member; board member, Willsboro Senior Apartments; Resolutions Committee for the New York State Association of Towns.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community, and how would you address them if elected?

"The biggest thing we're facing right now is trying to live within a 2 percent tax cap. It's a challenge when you're trying to provide all the services and not run out all of your reserve funding. Also, we're looking at — specifically Willsboro — an improvement that has to be made to our sewer system, and that's going to be very costly, and we're trying to find the best way to fund that and finance that."

 

LORILEE SHEEHAN

Party: Republican.

Age: 50.

Education: Willsboro Central School graduate; master's degree in elementary education and certificate of advanced study in school administration, SUNY Plattsburgh.

Occupation: Third-grade teacher, Willsboro Central School.

Previous government experience: Willsboro Youth Commission member, 1998 to 2013.

Civic organizations: Girl Scout leader.

Family: Widow; three adult children.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community, and how would you address them if elected?

"I'm very concerned about our declining school enrollment and that we don't have anything in the Willsboro-Reber area to keep young people in the area, and if we don't have young people, we don't have young families. Our enrollment is now down to about 280 students, and that's a big issue to me. In the last 12 years, when we built the school, it's gone down about 100 students. Can I fix that? No. Am I aware of it and would like to help to try to do something? Yes. I don't have all the answers, but I'm aware, and I just know that I would be a really strong team player to move Willsboro in a direction forward."

 

LANE SAYWARD

Party: Republican.

Age: 45.

Education: Willsboro Central School graduate; studied business at Clinton Community College.

Occupation: Office Manager, WELCare Chiropractic.

Previous government experience: Willsboro Zoning Board, vice chair, 2011 to present; Willsboro Republican Committee, vice chair, 2010 to present; Essex County Republican Committee, recording secretary, 2013; Republican Women of Essex County treasurer, 2011 to 2013.

Civic organizations: Willsboro Healing Garden Committee member.

Family: Husband, Danny; five adult children.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community, and how would you address them if elected?

"My vision for Willsboro is to lead the town forward in growth and development and to be a strong voice with fresh ideas for the people of Willsboro and Reber. I have youth, energy and enthusiasm to carry this out. I will actively work with the people of Willsboro and Reber, and I will represent them and be their voice. I just think that Willsboro needs a change. It's time for a change and a younger generation."

Candidate John Thompson did not respond to messages seeking information for this report.

 

OTHER RACES

Town clerk: Bridget Brown (R-I); Richard Sayward (I).

Town justice: Reginald Bedell (D-I); Paula Lincoln (I); Gregg Dickerson (R); Clarence Russell (I).

Highway superintendent: Scott Moran (R-I); Travis Crowningshield (I); Dean King (I); Jason Morgan (I); Daniel Koenig Jr. (I); Byron Moran (I).

 

WILMINGTON

Supervisor: Randy Preston (I), incumbent.

Town justice: Timothy Kertz (I), incumbent.

Town clerk/tax collector: Linda Lawrence (I); Gerald Bruce (R-I), incumbent.

Town Council: Dawn Stevens (R-I), incumbent; Rarilee Conway (I), incumbent.

Assessor: David Wainwright (R), incumbent.

Highway superintendent: William Sufka Jr. (I), incumbent.