PORT HENRY — Three candidates going after two open seats on the Port Henry Village Board all have strong ideas on how the village should grow.
Two trustee positions are up for two-year terms, and incumbent Ruth McDonough is running for re-election, with challenges from former Village Trustee Thomas McDonald and newcomer Sandra Lovell.
The top two vote-getters will win the seats.
One trustee post has been vacant since Jack Sheldon resigned late last year. The Village Board declined to appoint anyone to the office, instead opting to wait for the next election.
Village candidates run as independents, making up their own party names.
The election is Tuesday, March 18, with polls open from noon to 9 p.m. at the Port Henry firehouse on Church Street.
The Press-Republican asked candidates what direction they’d like to see the village take.
Here are their answers:
Lovell said some residents don’t feel like their voices are heard by local government, and she wants to change that.
“Everyone’s voice needs to be heard. One thing I think the village can accomplish is making people feel like they’re a real part of Port Henry. I will listen and see how we can make everyone a part of the village and get their help with it.”
She said village assessments, which are done by the Moriah Board of Assessors, don’t seem to reflect local real-estate values very well, with similar homes often assessed at different levels.
“I want something done about the assessing. How can a village prosper if the minute somebody comes in and starts upgrading, the assessors come in and up the assessment? That, to me, is absolutely wrong.”
The State Office of Real Property Services needs to get more involved, she said.
“What I think they (the Village Board) should do is go to Albany and say, ‘We need your help.’ The state office isn’t doing a good job of overseeing.”