CHAMPLAIN - Mayor Jeffrey P. Moore will seek reelection next week, but his race won't be without contention.
Village resident Michael J. Rock is challenging Moore for the seat, running on a platform of change needed for the way the village conducts its business.
Rock, who is a correction officer for New York State Department of Correctional Services, previously worked for the village Department of Public Works and said he knows the inner workings of municipal services.
"The village wastes money replacing a lot of things that don't need to be replaced and doesn't worry about the things that do need to be replaced," said Rock. "When I worked in the wastewater treatment facility, there was a need to upgrade things but we couldn't get the funding."
The village, said Rock, is on "a downward spiral," and evidence of that may be seen throughout the village.
"There are buildings that are vacant all over, falling down," he said. "It's like nothing is getting done around here."
If elected, Rock said he will work toward making improvements to the village, including addressing inadequate water pressure, damaged sidewalks and a lag in response time for calls for village services.
"It's time to turn the village around," he said.
On the contrary, Moore said he feels the village has "done a good job" providing for its residents with the limited resources it has available. However, he, too, feels there is "unfinished business," leading him to seek reelection to a third two-year term.
"We've identified a few areas where we need to have continued upgrade," said Moore. "But, that's a challenge, to identify those things and get them on a schedule."
Moore said he would also like to continue the efforts of the village working with the town of Champlain and village of Rouses Point to see where, if at all, a consolidation of services can be made.
"We secured a grant for that purpose to conduct a necessary study ... We're about a year into it and we continue to work on it," said Moore.
The nonpartisan village election will be held Wednesday, March 18, at the village hall, 1104 State Route 9 (Main Street), from 12-9 p.m.
Also on the ballot will be two two-year trustee positions. Incumbents Gregory R. Martin and Kim Trombley are seeking reelection unopposed.