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Port Henry candidates meet public

He said the village didn't buy new equipment in the last budget.

"We refurbished the payloader and it was way within the budget," Guerin said. "It works fine now.

"Nobody's doing this on their own personal agenda," Guerin said.

The general appearance of Port Henry was also discussed. Resident Linda Smythe said the village looks depressed.

"Our storefronts, sidewalks, lighting. What do we see when driving through? What kind of impression do we get?" Smythe said. "We see broken and boarded up windows and clutter? Who is enforcing the codes around here? How will you help us spruce up the village?"

Slycord, a former town and village code enforcement officer, said he's up to the task of cleaning up the village.

"Without question the village of Port Henry needs to be spruced up," he said. "We have laws in place to improve the look of the village of Port Henry. It just has to be enforced. It takes a code enforcement officer to be on top of it and a judge who will play."

He said without fines, "nobody's going to get in line. Half our problem is that we do not enforce the property maintenance code in the village of Port Henry. If it was enforced we'd see a dramatic change in the look of Port Henry," Slycord said.

Guerin agreed the village is lacking in some aspects.

"We are working on it," he said. "I know over time we can do it. We need to address one little problem at a time."

Guerin said he has addressed all codes issues brought to his attention.

The incumbent mayor, who works in Plattsburgh, addressed concerns he's not readily available to deal with village issues. He said he has the village office keep a daily call log for him.

"I feel I have just got my feet wet," the first-term mayor said. "We have gotten a few things started that I would like to see through. We would like to make Main Street a vibrant place to entice business to come to the area."

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