To the Editor:
I have a few thoughts that I would like to share with Dan Snyder, Doreen Ossenkop and Dave Tart, three residents of North Hudson that don’t know me as shown in the June 28 article in the Valley News.
I own 50 pieces of property in the Keeseville/Peru area. I would be pleased to have you come and see how well our properties are maintained. I have a full-time repair and renovation crew which my grandson, Troy and I meet with every morning. I am on top of things and know what each man is doing each day. When I am no longer able to direct the men, Troy will be ready to take over.
My daughter, Carolyn, and my two grandsons, Tanner and Troy have already taken over a large part of the scrap metal business and are ready to carry it on in their own name and with their own ideas. My main function now as a businessman is to give them as much of my knowledge and experience as I can.
When I was 16, I quit school in my senior year (it was during the war) and went to Cleveland, Ohio to work in a rayon plant. At 17 I went to Providence, Rhode Island where I was trained to be – and still am- a certified welder. I welded on the Kaiser Liberty ships. At 18 I went into basic training in Georgia then in the Occupation Army in Germany. When I came back from the Army I started in business. It was 1947 and I was 20 years old.
For the first 20 years of my working career I worked as a structural union iron worker/welder and then purchased ash logs to go to Canada for hockey sticks. A lot my ash log suppliers were from Willsboro, Westport, Ticonderoga and North Hudson. There was a lot of ash timber in that area both on the NY side and on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain. I dealt with the Caza family buying timber from them and selling them parts and other supplies they needed.
At North Hudson I bought the A-frame property in 2004 and listed it with Glebus Realty. They had several companies with strong interest in the property inquire about purchasing it, but when they found out about the title interference from the small parcel in front of it, they lost interest. I just purchased that small parcel that has the DEC test wells on it and that some of the A-frame and parking lot is on.
I have been criticized for neglecting the property. To this point I didn’t have clear title because of the infringement of the lot in front claiming part of the A-frame and parking lot. My attorney and I have waited for years to be able to buy the small parcel and clear up the title. Just last week I received the deed on it. Now I expect to be able to do something with the property.
I have sent my crew to North Hudson many times to mow, cut brush and clean up around the A-frame and repair the rool. There have been many break ins. The copper pipes have been stolen, windows repeatedly broken and my crews have gone several times to secure the building.
I believe Ron Moore has made the statement that they wanted the timber and gravel off the disputed property. That isn’t going to improve North Hudson. My attorney just sent a proposal to Dan Manning, Essex County Attorney which he is asking to be shared with the Essex County Board of Supervisors. Ron Moore wanted a snowmobile trail from North Hudson to continue on to Newcomb. I propose to give North Hudson a right of way so that trail can continue. I have been told that the snowmobile trail runs over my property and they have been using it.
I was asked and did speak to the investment class at Clinton Community College. I was recently awarded an honorary degree in business administration. Mine was only the fourth honorary degree ever given by Clinton in its history.
I am offering an opportunity to these three residents and anyone else who is interested to find out who I am and what I do as a businessman. The comments clearly show that they are wrong about my business ability.