The Town of Plattsburgh Democratic Committee’s candidates for the November 2011 election include, from left, town highway superintendent candidate James W. Woods, town councilman candidate Mike Verville, town clerk candidate Rickey Collins, town councilman candidate Martin Mannix Jr., town supervisor candidate Bernard Bassett, town councilman candidate Thomas E. Wood Jr., and town justice candidate James D. Joyce. Collins, Mannix, Bassett, and Wood are incumbents.
The Town of Plattsburgh Democratic Committee has announced its candidates for the November 2011 election.
Running for reelection as Plattsburgh Town Supervisor is Bernard Bassett.
Bassett has served as supervisor for the past six years and chair of the Clinton County Supervisor’s Association. The incumbent said he feels it’s most important the town continue the progress begun to secure the town’s economic future.
“As Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor the past six years, I have had the opportunity to listen to the needs of residents and business owners,” said Bassett. “This has been an exciting time. More important, we have begun to see the results that hard work and collaboration can bring. I encourage residents to drive about the town to witness the many projects that are taking place. This is just the beginning. We must keep the progress going.”
Other issues of importance, said Bassett, include maintaining an open government where residents are always welcome to attend meetings and discuss issues with town officials; maintaining a zero town tax and operating town government in the most efficient and responsible way possible; encouraging responsible growth to create a strong tax base and quality jobs that are critical to providing residents of the town and their children with the financially secure community they deserve; and improving infrastructure and working to maintain the town’s position as a leader and innovator.
“I would like the opportunity to continue to work for you as your Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor and to continue to work to secure our town’s economic future,” said Bassett.
Running for town councilman are incumbents Martin Mannix Jr. and Thomas E. Wood Jr., and political newcomer Mike Verville.
Mannix has served as a town councilman for 22 years, serving 16 years as deputy supervisor.
“I am committed to keeping our general town tax rate at zero,” said Mannix. “Budgeting is, in my opinion, a 12-month process. We have an attitude among our town department heads wherein they propose common sense budgets and they know their town board will work hard to give them the people and equipment they need to do their jobs. Everyone is involved in the process. That cooperative spirit doesn’t happen by accident.”
Mannix said one of his major objectives over the next four years will be to build a stronger workforce within the town.
“We have done a good job of attracting retail enterprises and we will continue that; but we need to focus more on attracting quality manufacturing and service sector employers. That will produce quality jobs,” said Mannix.
Wood has been a candidate for office five times and won a race for a four-year term as a town councilperson in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007.
Wood said the town faces many opportunities and challenges which “will test our ability to cooperate and innovate as a community.”
“I will continually strive to make good use of our opportunities for responsible growth, promote higher wage jobs, upgrade our infrastructure, seek grants and shared services to keep costs down and be open and responsive to the needs and desires of the residents of our town,” said Wood. “We have made significant progress over the last four years in town policies, finances, land use, job creation and a long range vision for our future.”
Verville, president of Verville Enterprises — a real property, rental property and development corporation — said he understands the issues facing the region and will make “sound business decisions” if elected.
“The issues in the town are the same as county, state and the nation face, delivering services without spiraling taxes or the mountain of large deficits,” said Verville. “The key to controlling taxes is responsible management, promotion of the town and to stimulate economic growth. The town is a multi-million dollar a year business, the taxpayers are the stock holders, the dividends are quality services and stable taxes.”
Town Highway Superintendent candidate James W. Woods is currently the Deputy Highway Superintendent. Woods states he wants “to complete projects that had to be postponed because of unforeseen weather disasters seen over the past year.
“One challenge of the department will be maintaining and updating equipment all the while staying within the budget,” said Woods. “I look forward to working for all the residents of the town and maintain the integrity of the department.
Town Clerk Rickey Collins is seeking reelection, carrying with him three and a half years experience in the position.
“I earn a living based on how I deliver customer service in a professional and friendly manner,” said Collins. “My organizational and communication skills are excellent and my energy is boundless ... I will continue to use my skills and knowledge to provide the residents with the kind of service they need and deserve,” said Collins.
James D. Joyce is throwing his hat in the ring for town justice. Joyce said he is “a strong believer in doing your civic duty.”
“I have been searching for a way to use my talents and assets to serve the community. After extensive research, I believe that this position is a perfect position for me because of my experience, education and personality,” said Joyce. “I have all the qualities that are required to be an excellent justice. I can be fair, firm, and consistant in making decisions. I am dedicated and dependable. I am honest and committed. I have the experience making difficult decisions.”
Joyce said he brings to the office “a fresh approach and renewed dedication.”
“As the town justice, I will work as hard as possible for you the taxpayer and the town of Plattsburgh.”