PLATTSBURGH "" The Town of Plattsburgh Republican Party has chosen its slate of candidates for the 2007 election.

Don Lee, presently the town codes enforcement officer, is the party's candidate for town supervisor. Lee said his military experience and 13 years as codes officer means he knows most of the players in the area.

"I'm proud of the buildings that have gone up in the Town of Plattsburgh," Lee said.

While proposed developments such as Laurentian Aerospace Corp. show progress is being made, the town has to keep looking forward, he said.

"Infrastructure has to be taken care of. We have to be able to get people to the airport and shopping. We have to keep working at it."

Property assessments are another important issue, he said, but the town is limited as to what it can do in the face of state mandates.

"New York state has to do something."

Lee said he is proud that Plattsburgh, at his insistence, was the first area town to adopt a law restricting outdoor burning.

"It's worked very well. Now, other towns are starting to adopt them."

TOWN COUNCIL

Incumbent Town Councilor John St. Germain has eight years of experience on the council. He feels he is noted for his fiscal conservatism.

"The most important thing to me as a Town Council member is to control spending. A real concern is the tremendous increases in property-tax assessments in the town in these past years."

That must be done while also providing the services that keep the town growing, St. Germain said.

"I'm concerned about maintaining the quality of life in this area. Many people stay here because of that."

Town Republican Party Chairman David Kimmel is also running for Town Council. Living in the town has enabled him to learn what a wonderful place it is to work and raise a family.

"The American dream is alive and well in our town," he said. "I've had a chance to live it."

He brings 23 years of public-sector leadership from his military career and has four years of experience on the Town Planning Board. Kimmel said his military and business experience will allow him to look at how the town does business in a new light.

"As stewards of the public's money, we want to make sure we do things with the maximum effectiveness and efficiency," he said.

TOWN JUSTICE

Incumbent Town Justice Christina Bezrutczyk is seeking re-election. She brings eight years of experience to that position.

Bezrutczyk said the Town Court was ranked by the State Comptroller's Office as 70th out of just under 1,300 courts in New York state in reported revenue.

"I feel the Town of Plattsburgh needs an experienced justice, someone with knowledge of the law because it's such a busy court," she said.

Searching for ways to help those who come before the court, whether for drug, alcohol, mental health, anger management or other issues, is always a priority, but especially for young people, she said.

HIGHWAY CHIEF

Deputy Highway Superintendent Fred Lavene is seeking the post of highway superintendent, as incumbent Wayne Gonyea decided to not seek re-election. Lavene has 27 years of experience in the Highway Department, including more than 16 as deputy superintendent.

He said the department has been sharing services with four other departments "" Dannemora, Beekmantown, Chazy and Schuyler Falls "" for 20 years or more, which helps keep taxes down.

Lavene said it doesn't make sense to have to train someone new to do the job.

"I know every aspect of the position," he said. "We can keep things running smoothly without raising tax dollars."

TOWN CLERK

Alicia Sirk is running for town clerk. She is a magna cum laude graduate of St. Lawrence University, with degrees in government, speech and theater and music.

Sirk received a master's degree from Plattsburgh State in administration and leadership, with a concentration on total quality control, human-resource development and negotiating and bargaining.

She is the executive director of the Elizabethtown Social Center, has worked as a securities paralegal and a legal assistant in a law office and was a former capital campaign consultant for the Strand Theater restoration project.

Sirk said she decided to run because she was "a government major in college. I've always been fascinated by government and public service."

One priority, she said, would be to offer flexible hours at the Clerk's Office, to make life easier for the working public.

All the candidates are running for four-year terms.

dheath@pressrepublican.com

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