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Candidate Matt Doheny proves his concern for voters

Candidate Matt Doheny proves his concern for voters

*Candidate Matt Doheny proves his concern for voters *Charter change in Montgomery County will short

Candidate Matt Doheny proves his concern for voters

There’s no doubt about it, the new 21st Congressional District is huge. Voters in Watertown, Massena, Plattsburgh, and even Glens Falls will all be represented by one person.

This representative will have to learn the varying problems and issues that plague voters across this great swath of Northern New York. While to many this may seem like an impossible task, I know one candidate who is up to the challenge: Matt Doheny.

Over the past few months, Matt has traveled the district listening to local officials, businesses and voters to learn about their concerns. In fact, during his ambitious 50 businesses in 50 days tour, Matt spoke with over 100 local business owners. In a district this size, this could not have been accomplished without unwavering dedication to public service.

Perhaps even more ambitious is Matt’s promise to hold a town hall meeting in each and every town in the district once a term (there are 194 towns!).

As a voter and a taxpayer, I like the idea of a representative who is willing to travel to my hometown to hear about our issues. Matt also plans on having a congressional office in each of the 12 counties in the district. Incredibly, Matt will forgo his franking privilege so he can accomplish this task at no further cost to the American taxpayer.

I am supporting Matt Doheny because I believe he will be a tireless advocate for voters across this great district, not just in the major population centers.

Sean Mastrocovi

Plattsburgh

Charter change in Montgomery County will shortchange voters

Approximately four weeks ago the late Shayne Walters called me and asked me if I had any information on a charter government.

I said yes, and gave him a letter I had written years ago. He gave it to the Montgomery County Charter Review Commission. It said that I was opposed to the charter.

So the question in my mind is, how many letters did the commission get that were for or against [the charter change] and why have they not told the public this information?

As president of “We the People,” I have attended many county meetings and I know how Montgomery County government works. I think the county supervisors do a good job. Many questions have been asked about who started this commission; there is no public outcry for change.

The commission says they want people to be informed, but they haven’t told you what towns will lose their voices in the county government. Six supervisors will lose their job. The people of 15 towns pay taxes and should have a voice. These 15 town supervisors were elected by the people and no one has the right to fire them.

This proposed charter change has come up before time and time again. It has a bad smell, like hitting a skunk with your car, and you can’t get rid of it.

May the late Shayne Walters, town of Charleston supervisor, know I did my best. Vote no when you go to vote Election Day on Nov. 6.

Frank Quill

Charleston

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