Village candidates to meet the public

PORT HENRY - The slate of candidates for the Port Henry village election is set.

Incumbent Mayor Ernest Guerin is being challenged by Frank Slycord.

Seeking two seats on the village board are Matthew Brassard, Frank Gilbo, Ronald Nesbitt Jr., Staley Rich and incumbent John Sheldon. Trustee Louise Belden is not running again.

Port Henry residents will have an opportunity to meet the candidates during a forum Monday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Port Henry fire house.

Village elections will be held March 15.

The candidates forum will feature questions from the pH7 committee as well as questions from the public, according to Jackie Viestenz, a pH7 member.

"The pH7 committee is a group of concerned citizens who are working for the betterment of Port Henry," Viestenz said. "It was formed after the dissolution of the village failed. The people who formed the committee felt that since the citizenry had voted to keep the village, that we should work towards preserving and improving the village."

Generating interest in village elections is a goal of the pH7 committee.

People must be a registered voter of the village of Port Henry to be eligible to vote in the village election.

The deadline to register with the Essex County Board of Elections to be eligible to vote in the March 15 village elections is March 4. For further information, to register, or to check registration status people should call 873-3474.

Absentee ballot applications for the March 15 elections are available at this time and may be obtained in the village office. The deadline to submit absentee ballot applications is March 8.

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