The Town of Plattsburgh Democratic Committee has announced its slate of candidates for the 2009 election.
Candidates for election consist of Martin D. Mannix Jr. for County Treasurer and Paul D. Lamoy for Town Councilperson. Candidates for re-election to their posts are Andrew J. Wylie for District Attorney, Sheila A. Brockway for Town Councilperson, Kevin M. Patnode for Town Justice, Rickey J. Collins for Town Clerk, and Jacqueline A. "Jackie" Bellew for Tax Collector.
Martin D. Mannix Jr. currently serves as a Plattsburgh Town Councilperson with 20 years experience and 10 years experiences as Deputy Town Supervisor. He has also served as chairperson of the Clinton County Democratic Committee for the past two years and was a delegate in the 1972 National Democratic Convention.
Mannix, a retired vice president of Northern Insuring Agency Inc., is a 1959 graduate of St. John's Academy and a 1969 graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Organizations he has belonged to or is currently a member of include Council of Community Services, Plattsburgh Noon Rotary Club, Clinton County Civil Service Commission, Stop DWI Committee, Pine Harbour Inc. Board of Directors, Plattsburgh Lions Club, Plattsburgh College Foundation, SUNY Plattsburgh Century Club, and Town of Plattsburgh Senior Housing Committee.
"It is my belief that the job can and should be done with a greater degree of energy and vision," said Mannix. "This was the case with our previous treasurer, Janet Duprey. We have lost that community involvement."
Andrew J. Wylie is seeking re-election to a four-year term as District Attorney, a position he has held since January 2006.
Wylie is a 1979 graduate of St. John's Academy and 1984 graduate of Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis. He is also a 1987 graduate of Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Neb. He has belonged to or is currently a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Knights of Columbus, Plattsburgh F.C. Soccer Club, Clinton County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the District Attorneys Association of New York.
Since taking office, Wylie has tried several high-profile cases, including the Edward Dashnaw and Glen Race homicide trials, along with several other violent crime and drug cases.
"The District Attorney's office will continue to work closely with law enforcement, county service programs and our community service programs to meet the needs of the public and better serve the people of Clinton County," said Wylie.
Sheila A. Brockway is seeking her second four-year term as Town Councilperson. In addition to her role as a councilperson, she has served as Deputy Town Supervisor for three years.
Brockway, who has been employed as a registered nurse at CVPH Medical Center for the past 36 years, is a 1970 graduate of Salmon River Central, Fort Covington, and a 1973 graduate of the CVPH Medical Center School of Nursing. She has belonged to or is currently a member of Cumberland Head Tomorrow and the League of Women Voters.
"I will continue to serve the community and work hard to bring significant job growth and responsible economic development to the town of Plattsburgh," said Brockway. "I will support responsible spending, monitor expenses and revenues. I will make informed decisions."
Paul D. Lamoy is seeking election to the four-year position of Town Councilperson. He has served the position previously and as a member of the Town Planning Board.
Lamoy, a 1980 graduate of Peru High School, and graduate of Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh, he is employed as a foreman for William J. Murray Electric. Inc. He has belonged to or is currently a member of the Relay For Life American Cancer Society Committee and has served as an Assistant Fire Chief, New York State Emergency Medical Technician, American Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor, MDA Telethon chairman, baseball and softball umpire and hockey referee.
"The Town of Plattsburgh continues to grow even during this economic downturn. I bring to the Town Council the construction expertise to continue to expand the infrastructure that is needed as new businesses move into the town," said Lamoy.
Kevin M. Patnode is seeking his third four-year term as Town Justice.
Patnode, who is an 11th grade U.S. History and Government teacher at AuSable Valley High School, Clintonville, is a 1974 AuSable Valley graduate and graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh. He has belonged to or is currently a member of the Clinton County Magistrate Association and New York State Magistrate Association.
"The Town Court has changed dramatically in the number and complexity of court cases," said Patnode. "I will continue to strive to keep our court running smoothly and efficiently. Fairness and dependability have been the attributes I have brought to the court. I'll work hard to justify the trust of our residents."
Rickey J. Collins has served as Town Clerk since June, when he took over the role from previous Town Clerk Amy Duquette. He previously served as Deputy Town Clerk for more than three years.
Collins, who has been the owner and operator of R.C. and Son Garage for 41 years, is a 1966 graduate of Plattsburgh High School. He is also a 1970 graduate of the former John W. Harold Education Center, 1999 graduate of the Entrepreneurial Institute, and is a certified New York State Archives Historical Recorder.
Collins has belonged to or is currently a member of the Town Clerks Association, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Loyal Order of Moose, Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, New York State Towing Association, and U.S. Towing Association.
"I will continue to use my skills and knowledge to provide the residents with the kind of Town Clerk they need and deserve," Collins said.
Jacqueline A. "Jackie" Bellew is seeking a third four-year term as Tax Collector. Bellew is a 1979 graduate of Mount Assumption Institute.
Within the past four years, Bellew's office has implemented the use of credit cards and e-checks for methods of payment. Her office has also created tax bills on-line at egov.basny.com/plattsburgh.
"I will continue to bring a full-time commitment to the taxpayers," said Bellew. "I will be in the office daily and during peak collecting times I will continue to have evening and Saturday hours. I will continue to enhance services while being fiscally responsible."
The Town of Plattsburgh Democratic Committee also supports Bill Owens as the Democratic candidate for the two-year seat of representative of the 23rd Congressional District. Owens is currently managing partner at the law firm Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, & Trombley PLLC, and has practiced for 30 years.