Candidates for Keeseville mayor talk about dissolution and issues

— HOLDERMAN: A good mayor must be skilled in many areas that are vital to this position. The mayor I am envisioning to be must have financial expertise in budgeting, setting reasonable goals and attaining solutions — skills I have as a Licensed Investment Advisor. I am also a licensed insurance agent in New York state, a trained tax advisor, as well as a small business owner. While serving on the town of Peru Planning Board, I’ve learned how to implement changes coming from different points of view and bring them into real solutions for the benefit of the taxpayers. As a former airline pilot, I’ve learned that communication between many parties could evolve in the best services provided to our clients, both in the services offered and safety. Discipline, knowledge, concentration, multi-task operations of the aircraft, punctuality, and coordination are just a few of the attributes a good captain — responsible for the lives of hundreds of people- must possess. When I was the Director of Maintenance at Valley Aviation Services at the Burlington International Airport, and Line Chief of Brockway Air in Plattsburgh, I had to supervise the work of people, make decisions of budget spending, and be aware of the governmental regulations and implement them correctly. As a small business owner, I know how difficult it is to be successful in a small community, like ours. I meet many people coming in the store and I am fully aware of their problems and concerns.

Where do you stand on the topic of dissolution?

HOLDERMAN: First, the study just began and we are too early in the process to know what the Dissolution Committee and the experts will conclude. While some people are upset because they believe that the study will bring about the dissolution of the village, they shouldn’t be. By law, the Village must have a “Plan of Dissolution” on the shelf, and since the State is paying most of the costs, now it is the time to have it done. Second, depending on the experts’ findings — if it better to dissolve the village or not — there will be a referendum where voters will decide what the direction will be.

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