2009 Essex County Election Coverage

"We need to eliminate the "tunnel vision" of more than one viable program and concentrate on all crimes. Staff will be trained to effectively and efficiently handle cases. Consistent and fair policies will be established and zero-reduction policies eliminated. I will look to increase services for victims of Domestic Violence and sexual abuse, such as the Child Advocacy Center I recently secured funding to establish in an adjoining county."

Essex County Sheriff

Henry Hommes

Age: 67

Party: Republican

Education: New York State Police Academy, other Law Enforcement and Corrections schools.

Occupation: Essex County Sheriff

Organizations: Elks Lodge #2072, American Legion

Quote: "I plan to continue my policy of giving the taxpayer the best possible service at the lowest cost. I will continue to seek funding sources to help offset operating cost. I will work to try and keep the bond payment for the jail and public safety building off the back of the taxpayers."

Michael "Ike" Tyler

Age: 51

Party: Registered Republican running as Independent

Education: Westport High School 1977; Clinton Community College 1984.

Occupation: State corrections officer, retired October 2009.

Organizations: Vice Chair, Adirondack Community Action Programs; Director, Pat Ward Memorial Fund; Westport, Elizabethtown, and Port Henry Fish and Game clubs; Ticonderoga Elks Lodge.

Political Experience: Westport Village Board, Westport Town Board.

Quote: "I will stop the skyrocketing budget that the current administration has produced in the past 12 years by making tough decisions, as I've shown I'm capable of as a town board member in Westport. I will make sure the taxpayers' money is going to be spent wisely."

"I'll make sure the staff [at the jail] is professionally trained to ensure the safety of everyone within the facility. I will be accessible through an open-door policy because I want to know what you have to say, and I want to act on calls and concerns that are related to the Sheriff's Department."

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