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Johnsburg town candidates convene to confab with citizens

Candidates for Johnsburg town government were given a chance to make their case for election at the Ski Bowl Lodge Sept. 12.

Candidates for Johnsburg town government were given a chance to make their case for election at the Ski Bowl Lodge Sept. 12. Photo by John Grybos.

— “People have said that I come across as abrasive and harsh,” said Mosher, “But I'm passionate about the issues affecting the town.”

Mosher used his speaking opportunity to present job-creating ideas, which he said no other candidates were presenting.

Riparius would be a good location for an industrial park, he said, with the train complementing commerce in and out of the hamlet.

He also had ideas for tourism. Sullivan's island should be turned into a park that train visitors can walk to for picnics and townspeople can enjoy, too.

Local historians could be tapped to build a historic tour of the town, with stops in all the hamlets and at points of historic interest. The rich history of the town makes this a no-brainer, said Mosher.

Martin

Chuck Martin, seeking the town supervisor position, opened up his address by letting the audience know he's not a government man.

“I am not a politician,” said Martin.

He's resided in the town for 35 years, and he feels that things have gone downhill since he first moved here.

An especially telling sign of the deterioration of the town is how overgrown the town's cemeteries were this summer.

“They should be ashamed of themselves for the condition of the cemeteries,” said Martin. “If the town board and supervisors don't have respect for the dead in this town, how can they respect the living?”

Martin wasn't only concerned for those resting in their graves. The inability of the town to keep young people is worrying, he said. The town needs to attract more industry to employ youth.

“Tourism isn't going to give them jobs,” he said.

Record

Tim Record, running for supervisor, said he had an epiphany while making the rounds to talk to town officials.

He was walking up the steps to the school to talk with Mike Markwica when he realized there was a parallel with his election hopes.

Edited 9/15/11 at 11:27 a.m. to correct names.

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