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Town of Plattsburgh Democrats unveil candidates

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’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.”

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