Opinion: Waddington couple voices support for Hammond and Putney
To the Editor:
On Tuesday, November 7, Waddington voters will go to the polls to elect a town supervisor and a town highway superintendent.Having recently retired from my position on the Highway crew, after 28 years of service, I believe that I am in a unique position to make a recommendation for both positions.
In my occupation as a highway employee I was also charged with the task of representing my union shop as the negotiator for our contract. I held this position for approximately 7 years. Unfortunately, under the current town leadership, the crew that you rely on to maintain your streets and roads, assist in the maintenance of beaches, parks and other town properties have been without a contract for nearly 3 of the 4 years, of this administration.
Alex Hammond has demonstrated that he has the time, energy and intelligence to represent Waddington in the capacity of town supervisor. As JFK so famously said in his inaugural address 57 years ago, "It's time for a new generation of leadership..."
I believe that Waddington has some challenging opportunities ahead and we need a visionary who will represent us as we look forward to, among other things, marketing the land that was returned by the NYPA to Waddington some 15 plus years ago.
I had the honor of working most of my career, under the guidance and direction of former Town Highway Superintendent, Terry Mayette. Mr. Mayette's management of highway employees, was second to none.
While changes are inevitable, it has been my observation that the current highway superintendent, has not built on the foundation laid by Mr. Mayette but rather taken steps backward.
David Putney, who is a former Town Board Member and has operated his own contracting company, is the person I believe should receive your support on Election Day. David has shown, by his example, that he is willing to listen to and work together managing the highway department, as part of the team.
Please join my wife and I, this coming Tuesday, November 7, by supporting Alex Hammond for town supervisor and David Putney for town highway superintendent.
Gary & Amy Morgan