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Candidates in Rouses Point say small business is important

As 14-year Mayor George Rivers leaves office, the village is facing a challenge with the Pfizer facility closing. Efforts to encourage business are vital for the future of Rouses Point, said the candidates for the March 20 village election.

For mayor

Rebecca Reid has lived in the village for 33 years — her whole life. She’s deeply invested in the community, having just built a house there. She plans for Rouses Point to be home for a long time.

“I live here. I want to stay here. I have a vested interest in the village,” she said.

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Rebecca Reid

She has government experience with the village planning board. Reid said she attends all the meetings and has sat in for voting twice.

She’s also on the village’s Fourth of July committee where she organizes the 5k run to fundraise for the village fireworks.

“If you want to see something happen, you need to get involved,” said Reid.

Reid said the town’s biggest challenge is the closure of the Pfizer facility, where she’s worked for 12 years heading inventory and quality production globally. Without the tax dollars coming in from the plant, the village will need to ensure the budget’s able to survive.

With the village’s large marinas, tourism is a direction to look to help close the gap left by Pfizer’s departure, said Reid.

She’ll look to trim unnecessary items while ensuring there are business retention programs to keep small business local. Making beautification is priority will help encourage tourism.

Reid earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Clinton Community College. She added a speech and communication bachelor’s at SUNY Plattsburgh and a master’s in administration and leadership.

Reid said her goal is to “make sure Rouses Point’s an affordable and desirable place to live.”

Francis Baker has served as a trustee for the village for four years. Now that Rivers is giving up his seat, Baker would like the chance to lead the village board.

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