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Duprey Fights to Pass Reform Package

DupreyFrom the Office of Assemblywoman Janet Duprey

Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) joined Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C – Canandaigua) at a press conference yesterday to present a 17-point reform package that would bring openness and accountability back to state government. The 17 rules reform proposals include measures such as term limits for legislative leaders, committee chairpersons, and the Speaker of the Assembly.

“These common-sense proposals are exactly what the Assembly needs to rebuild the public’s trust in state government,” said Duprey. “There is a great urgency for greater transparency, openness, and accountability in the Assembly. I hope my colleagues across the aisle will commit to joining us in enacting these necessary reforms immediately. It’s our job as elected officials to best represent the needs of the people; we must give the public a reason to trust state government again.”

Duprey has long supported ethics reform and has repeatedly co-sponsored legislation that would require convicted public officials to forfeit their state taxpayer-funded pensions, impose term limits on legislative leadership positions and committee chairs, and create harsher penalties for those who violate the public’s trust.

One Dead in Dannemora House Fire

Lawmakers Call For More Local Road Funding in State Budget

Lobby

L-R Rob Wright, Supervisor Peter Glushko, Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell and Counselman Donald McBrayer traveled to Albany Wednesday, March 4th, to lobby for increased state highway aid or CHIPS monies.

Capitol Confidential » Lawmakers call for more local road funding in state budget.

Plattsburgh Ties for 8th in Site Magazine’s Rankings

PSBBatavia ranks 4th and Plattsburgh, Ogdensburg and Massena tie for 8th place in Site Selection magazine’s rankings for Corporate Facility Investment

Empire State Development today congratulated communities in the Finger Lakes and the North Country regions receiving national recognition by Site Selection magazine, a corporate real estate and economic development publication, as Top Micropolitan Areas for Corporate Facility Investment in 2014. According to the magazine’s report, Batavia in the Finger Lakes ranked 4th and Plattsburgh, Ogdensburg and Massena in the North Country have tied for 8th place for the number of projects in the communities that have led to additional investment or job creation.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Nominee Howard Zemsky said, “This is a great honor for Batavia, Plattsburgh, Massena and Ogdensburg, and for New York State as a whole. These communities were competing against several hundred micropolitans around the country Read more »

Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Seeks Projects to Fund from Special Community Service Fund

kwPlattsburgh, NY—March 3, 2015—The Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club announces that it will award up to $10,000 in grants to Clinton County organizations submitting grant proposals by April 17, 2015. As the motto of Kiwanis International is “Serving the Children of the World,” priority will be given to requests for projects that serve children – neonatal to age 18.

Grant requests must be a minimum of $3,000. Organizations that are not eligible to submit a proposal for funding from this Special Community Service Fund include individuals requesting funding of personal projects as well as national organizations.   Requests for operating budget items, salaries, and administrative costs are also not fundable.

Grant requests must be received no later than April 17, 2015, and funding decisions will be made by May 4, 2015. All requests should be sent to: Chair, Special Community Service Fund, Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club, PO Box 2064, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.   To obtain a copy of the “Special Community Service Fund Request Form,” or to ask questions, please contact: Kathy Snow at (518)-593-3042 or kathygarysnow@yahoo.com.

The Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club was chartered in April, 1929. The club meets on Thursdays at 5:30 pm on the first Thursday of each month and all other Thursdays at 12:15 pm at Perkins Restaurant in the breakfast room between Perkins and the Comfort Inn.

Police: Jay man robbed bank, son drove escape car

Joint NY GOP Statement on DHS Funding Vote

Washington, DC – With consideration of funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scheduled for later today, six Republican Members of the New York Congressional Delegation released the following statement:

“We will be voting in support today of legislation to fund DHS for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015. While we strongly disagree with the unilateral actions that President Obama has taken, we believe the courts – not cutting off funding for the entire Department – is the most effective way to stop his actions. We support the federal lower court decision that put an injunction on the executive actions taken by the President, and we believe it should be upheld. Furthermore, moving forward, we hope to work in a bipartisan way to reform our broken immigration system through legislative action.

“However, DHS is critical to our national security – Read more »

K of C Bingo Cancelled Tonight

Because the snow is scheduled to start at about 6 pm. the Peru Knights of Columbus bingo scheduled for tonight (Tuesday, March 3rd) is cancelled.

Stefanik Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Congressional Address

Official PortraitWashington – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress:

“Today I was honored to attend Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress.

“As our nation’s greatest ally in the region, hearing directly from the Prime Minister of Israel about the existential threat they face from a nuclear Iran was a powerful experience.

“A nuclear Iran is simply unacceptable, and our nation must work with our allies in the region to do everything to prevent this from happening.

“I thank Prime Minister Netanyahu for addressing my colleagues and I today, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to maintain our strong alliance.”

Peru Named New York State’s Most Affordable Small Town

Glens Falls National Bank robbed in Plattsburgh

Accident at Intersection Results in Action and Proposal to Change Dog Law Penalties

tb medPeru – February 23, 2015

A comment made on the Peru Gazette website appears to have encouraged the Peru Town Board to do more than install a streetlight at the intersection of the Brand Hollow Road – Military Turnpike Extension. At the Monday, February 23rd board meeting Town Supervisor Peter Glushko mentioned comments by Lisa Davis on the Peru Gazette website:

“My daughter, son-in-law, and my grandson were almost killed at that intersection on January 31, 2015. It was a beautiful sunny day with 100% visibility when they were t-boned on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. I will never forget the heart stopping phone call from my son-in-law moments after the accident. My daughter sustained severe injuries, my grandson and son-in-law thankfully had minor injuries and they all suffer with emotional and physical pain endured by this horrible accident that may have been prevented with a traffic light. I speak out to hopefully prevent someone else from dying at this dangerous intersection. God was with my family that day…”

At the Board’s February 9th meeting, Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell informed the board about the accident and requested permission to install a streetlight to better illuminate the intersection. The board approved his request, but at tonight’s meeting Supervisor Glushko and other board members asked Farrell to look into installing either flashing red lights or a traffic signal at the intersection. Many people, including this reporter, have witnessed drivers simply “blowing though” the intersection’s four-way stop signs.

Reacting to a suggestion from Town Justice Lawrence Cabana, the board is proposing changes to the town’s Dog Control Law. Judge Cabana wrote to the board stating that the Dog Control Law’s misdemeanor penalties are unenforceable because the Clinton Country District Attorney’s office does not have the resources to prosecute misdemeanors related to town laws. The board responded by reducing the penalties to violations rather than misdemeanors and scheduled a public hearing for March 9th at 6:30 p.m. A few changes in the Dog Law’s fee schedule are also being proposed.  PROPOSED LOCAL LAW #1 OF 2015 DOG CONTROL

Responding to a recent article in Denton Publications’ The Burg no highway department is permitted Read more »

Zoning Board March 18th Agenda

AGENDA ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS, WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 @ 7:00 PM, TOWN OF PERU

APPLICATIONS:

  1. SEQR & Use Variance: Alyson Curry –  Use Variance, 3085 Route 22, Z-2015-00  (Peru Gazette Note: A party desires to purchase the former log home sales office at 3085 Route 22 (adjacent to the Dollar Store). The property is zoned commercial, but the individual would like to use the building as a residence.) 
  1. ANY FURTHER BUSINESS:
  2. CEO REPORT:
  3. ADJOURNMENT

Planning Board Has One Agenda Item on March 11

AGENDA

PLANNING BOARD

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

TOWN OF PERU

  1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  3. ROLL CALL
  4. APPROVAL of January 14, 2015 minutes.
  5. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
  6. APPLICATIONS: 
  1. SEQR & Minor Subdivision & Merge: Champlain Valley Apple Storage Inc.

2 lot Subdivison & 2 lot Merge, 333 Route 22b, P-2015-001                                                                                    

  1. ANY FURTHER BUSINESS:
  2. CEO REPORT:
  3. ADJOURNMENT

 

Oil train shipments expand under Cuomo

A Man on a Mission

TheraBy John T. Ryan

Many North Country residents know Reverend Kenneth Parker as the man who brings loveable miniature donkeys to our parades, nursing homes, hospitals and senior facilities. Members of a Methodist Church and a Presbyterian Church in Moriah know him as their minister. Others have known him as a Naval Reserve Chaplain, a Peru Central School board member or as a board member of a community service organization. Members of the Peru Community Church know Reverend Parker as the man who served as their pastor from 1970 to 2003.

It’s hard to believe that it was almost 45 years ago that Reverend Parker accompanied by his wife Helle and their three young children Scott, David and Kaari arrived in Peru. Ken Parker could have easily pursued another profession. His father, Norman A. Parker, was a successful funeral director in Little Falls, New Jersey. Ken recalled, “Funeral directors are #2, only behind farmers, in children following in their parent’s footsteps, but I grew up with a strong faith and I very much felt a call to ministry. I felt that’s where God wanted me to be. I decided I would be more use to God with the living.” Youth

Ken made his career choice while he was a student at Middlebury College. In 1962, just eight weeks before graduation, he made another important decision when he decided to ask a classmate, Helle Thomsen, for a date. The date must have gone very well because about a year later, while Ken was a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, Ken and Helle Parker became husband and wife.

In 1965 Reverend Parker was ordained a Presbyterian minister and became pastor of churches in East and West Hebron, New York, small Washington County communities about 110 miles south of Peru. He enjoyed serving those communities, but by 1969, he decided it was time for a change. He recalled, “I really wanted to be in a church where I could lead people to do mission, to do things for other people. We didn’t have the mass in Hebron to do this.”

At about the same time the Peru Community Church was seeking a new minister. The church’s search committee included Dorothy “Dot” Finney, Janet Alexander, Rodney North, Dwane Waterman, Everest Allan, and Donald Cromie. One Sunday they traveled to Hebron to hear Reverend Parker deliver a sermon. Following the service a Hebron church member remarked, “I don’t think you made much of a hit. They got up and walked out before the last hymn.” Actually, the committee left so they could travel to Saratoga in time to hear another minister’s sermon. Ken was named Pastor of the Peru Community Church effective May 1, 1970.

Reverend Parker and his congregation turned out to be a near-perfect match. Just a few days after arriving in Peru he worked with Paul Calkins and George Burrell to organize an auction that raised $3,000 for earthquake victims in Peru, South America. He recalled, “Afterwards people said to me, ‘How come you got into this big project so fast?’ I wanted people to know that if they have me we’re going to be active and it’s not going to be for them. It’s going to be for others.”

That auction was a sign of what was to come. Ken recalled, “The highest compliment we received over the 33 years was an unbidden editorial in the Press Republican. It was a moving editorial.” The Peru Gazette found that 1999 editorial online. One sentence read, “Did you ever notice whenever there is a great need in our community or on the other side of the world, the Community Church of Peru is among the first out there doing things…The fact is that, no matter what the circumstances are, that congregation invariably opens its hearts and wallets to try to ease somebody else’s burden.”

The church’s response to the devastating 1998 ice storm will go down in history. The ice felled thousands of trees, downed power lines and knocked out electricity for days. The Community Church set itself up as a disaster center. Volunteers served hundreds of meals, entertained the children and fifty to one hundred people lived in the Fellowship Center. A doctor even ran a clinic out of one of the offices. Reverend Parker recalled an especially poignant incident. “About six or seven days into the disaster, a man walked in and said, ‘My father lives out in Peasleeville. I understand he’s here. We’ve come to take him back to New Jersey.’ His father was up on the stage playing checkers with the kids. When he saw his son he said, ‘What are you doing here?’ The son responded, ‘We’ve come to take you back to New Jersey.’ The father replied, ‘ I’m not going back to New Jersey. This is more fun than anything I’ve done in my whole life. I’m up on this stage playing checkers and teaching the kids how to play monopoly. Why would I want to go back to NJ and sit in your house while you go to work?’”

food

Utility workers found a good meal at the Fellowship Center

Bedroom

Reverend Parker’s office served as his bedroom for two weeks.

L-R Helle Parker, Roy Perry, Senator Ron Stafford

L-R Helle Parker, Roy Perry, Senator Ron Stafford

Being a success in any chosen profession is complex and involves many gifts. Reverend Parker cited two important attributes of a pastor, “Always be honest with people. I think one of the advantages I had was that I was very comfortable with people in all stages and places in our society. It really doesn’t matter much to me whether you were the president of Plattsburgh State or if you were the janitor. Everyone should get the same attention and understanding. The other one is being available. I’ve run into clergy who turn off the phone at night. I don’t think that’s a good idea. If you get word tomorrow that you have pancreatic cancer, I’m not going to send somebody in my place to talk.”

At one point Reverend Parker realized that he needed to improve his counseling skills. In 1978 he earned a Masters Degree in Counseling at SUNY Plattsburgh and in 1980 following several two-month summertime on-campus classes, he was awarded a Doctorate Degree at Sewanee University of the South. His doctorial thesis examined “professional burnout” and concluded that most professionals should take a career break every seven to ten years. Shortly thereafter, he participated in a minister exchange program with Reverend Noel Butler of Invercargill, New Zealand. Ken and Helle packed up their family and moved to New Zealand for one year and Reverend Butler came to Peru. Ken said, “That year had a tremendous impact on our family. It gave us an entirely different outlook on the world. Helle and I have been back three or four times.” In 1990 he entered a “preaching contest” conducted by a Presbyterian Church in Newcastle, NSW Australia. The church received recordings of sermons from 135 ministers from six countries and chose Reverend Parker as its six-month guest preacher.

In 2003, following multiple medical problems for many years, Reverend Parker decided it was time to retire as pastor of the Peru Community Church. He explained, “I decided I couldn’t do it any more. It wouldn’t be good for the church.”

Paul Miller

A Thera-Pets visit to Apple Valley Senior Housing

Retirement, however, has many meanings and the man who came to Peru with a mission wasn’t about to sit back and relax. A few weeks after retiring he founded Thera-Pets Inc., an organization dedicated to improving the health of children and the elderly through activities with farm animals. Its miniature donkeys, miniature goats, Alpacas and other animals are housed at Butternut Ridge Farm, only a few yards from Ken and Helle Parker’s Calkins Road home. He explained, “The donkeys are so friendly. If you could see the look on somebody’s face when a donkey wants into his or her bedroom in a nursing home where life just never changes.” All the Thera-Pets activities are run by volunteers and provided at no charge. The organization relies on donations to fund its many programs.

Three years ago Reverend Parker agreed to be the part-time pastor of the Moriah Methodist Church and the interim pastor of the Moriah Presbyterian Church. Each Sunday he makes the 45-mile trip southward to conduct services in each church. On June 12, 2015 he will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination. As he looks back on his 45 years in Peru he can take pride that he accomplished his mission to keep people active, not for themselves, but for others. As he stated at the close of our interview, “I try to follow in the steps of Jesus. I feel God has called me to this community and I never felt I should be any place else.”

Father Alan Shnob and Reverend Parker.

St. Augustine’s Church Pastor Father Alan Shnob and Reverend Parker. Peru’s Catholic community and the Peru Community Church work together on many programs.

A Message from Sister Debbie of the Mission of Hope

MH MH2Dear Mission supporters:

Upon my return from Nicaragua yesterday, we were notified that we must vacate the storage facility that we’ve been using for the past several years. Due to the extremely cold winter we are having, serious damage has been done to the sprinkler system and with no access to water or heat, we’ve been notified that we must vacate absolutely no later than March 31st.

We are in urgent need of a temporary or perhaps even more long term storage facility in order to comply with the owner’s request. We do want to emphasize that the Titherington Family has been incredibly generous to us for many years and we are hopeful that someone else in the community can step forth and assist us with this urgent need.

The space needed would be in the vicinity of 5,000-10,000 square feet. It is also important to note that we would be most willing to provide a tax donation letter to anyone who could assist us with this need.

Please contact James Carlin at 518-593-9718 or me at 570-5443 if you have any way of assisting us.

And most importantly, please pray for a quick and efficient solution to this most urgent need. Without a warehouse, we cannot ship much needed medical and community development equipment to Nicaragua to serve the poor. These shipments also facilitate our being an agent within the regional communities in terms of providing a viable alternative for others to donate quality equipment and supplies.

Budget Subject of Upcoming Board Meeting

The Peru Central School Board of Education will gather Tuesday, March 3rd at 6 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room for their third public session budget workshop. A Community Budget Forum will also be held. Anticipated topics include:

General budget overview
Gap elimination adjustment
Public comment related to the community budget forum

The full agenda is available on the Peru CSD website at www.perucsd.org.

Peru Students Named to Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College

PAUL SMITHS, NY (02/26/2015)(readMedia)– The following students were named to the Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College during the fall 2014 semester.

Emily Brosseau of Peru, N.Y., who is majoring in hotel, resort and tourism management, earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.

Grace Mayhew of Peru, N.Y., who is majoring in environmental sciences, earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.

Congresswoman Stefanik Supports “Clean” DHS Funding Bill

Official PortraitWashington – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) released the following statement:

“I don’t support government shutdowns, and this impasse is an example of the kind of Washington dysfunction that I pledged to help stop.

“The Department of Homeland Security provides critical services to help keep our nation safe. In New York’s 21st district, DHS funding is crucial because of the broad economic importance of our Canadian border, and the need to make sure that the thousands of North Country DHS employees are paid on time for their hard work.

“Therefore, when brought up for a vote in the House, I will vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security and I support the clean Senate bill.”

New York Has the Nation’s Highest Unionization Rate

Callie Garcia of Peru Named to Fall 2014 Dean’s List at The College of Saint Rose

ALBANY, NY (02/25/2015)(readMedia)– The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, today announced that Callie Garcia of Peru, NY, is one of 814 students named to The College of Saint Rose Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, Garcia had to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieve a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 with no grades of D, F, Incomplete or Pass/Fail.

The College of Saint Rose (www.strose.edu) is a dynamic, progressive college in the heart of New York’s capital city where teaching is the first priority. With a rigorous liberal education curriculum, 70 undergraduate majors, 53 master’s degrees and 25 graduate certificates, and a mission of service to the urban community, the Saint Rose experience empowers students to improve themselves and the world around them.

Body of Missing Man Found in Plattsburgh Woods

Congresswoman Stefanik Statement on President Obama’s Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline Legislation

Official PortraitWashington – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s veto of S.1, bipartisan legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline:

“I am incredibly disappointed that President Obama would veto this commonsense, bipartisan energy project,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This project would create as many as 42,000 jobs and help lower energy prices for hard working North Country families, which is why I supported passage of this legislation in the House. Not only is this project supported by bipartisan majorities in Congress, but it is strongly supported by the American public as well. Furthermore, this project is supported by organizations ranging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the AFL-CIO. I hope President Obama’s decision to veto this bipartisan legislation is not a sign of things to come over the next two years, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House to find ways to advance this important project.”

Stefanik Walks Tightrope on Tough Vote

Sacrifice and Love

 

Mission of HopeAt last seven Peru residents traveled to Nicaragua to participate in the Mission of Hope’s February Mission. They included Sally Kokes, Mary Hensel, Chris Mazzella, Megan Mazzella, Shauna Fliss, Samantha Bashaw and Nathan Kennedy. Congratulations to them all!  We are proud of you! 

Peru Drama Club Presents: The Addams Family

The Addams Family Press Release PhotoCome one come all down to Peru Jr./Sr. High School auditorium on March 5th and 6th at 7:30pm and March 7th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. Admission is $8.00 in advance, and $10.00 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Peru Pharmacy (518-643-6499 ext. 5184), perudramaclub@gmail.com, and are available for Peru staff, students, and faculty during lunch periods at Peru Jr./Sr. High School. The event page on Facebook can be found using this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/453423488142337/?context=create&previousaction=create&ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=49&sid_create=3045286163

Welcome to the “completely normal home” of the Addams family as we bring the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Lurch to life. We invite you to come celebrate what it is to be an Addams in this spectacular spooky musical comedy that will leave you entertained, yet slightly disturbed.

Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you.

The Addams Family features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The Addams Family is an enthralling musical show that brings the traditional Addams family morals to the stage in a comedic, entertaining, thrilling atmosphere.

Christopher Urban, Co-Director

Hannah Osborne, Co-Director

Todd Pray, Music Director

Meghan Matthews, Choreographer

Margaret Dimock-Dumar, Costume Designer

Kali Dorey, Production Stage Manager

Nikki Hilchey, Co-Stage Manager

Cassidy Thompson, Co-Stage Manager

Amber Arnold, Propmaster

The Cast:

Andrew Thew* / Ross Coughlin as Gomez Addams

Maddie Kaplan* / Megan Sears* as Morticia Addams

Gabby Dion* / Emily Lawliss* as Wednesday Addams

Sophia Defayette / Mason Barber as Pugsley Addams

James Matthews / Devin Wood* as Uncle Fester

Aaryn Clark / Brady Terry as Lucas Beineke

Kelsey Attenhofer* / Jamie Roberts* as Alice Beineke

Cole Ives* / Paul Lawrence* as Mal Beineke

Hadley Houck* / Abigail St. Louis* as Grandma

Connor Douglass / Fabian Döpping as Lurch

Male Ancestors: Conner Agoney, Andrew Banker, Reece Bernard, & Jesse Cote

Female Ancestors: Danielle Criss, Colby Fortin, Stephanie Pietz, & Miranda Smith

Ensemble: Seairah LaDue, Erin Lawliss, Emmerson Leach, Ashtyn Moore, Tiffany Shubert, & Kimberly Wagner*

* = Senior

Peru Youth Sports Registration – March 20 and 21

2015 Peru Youth Sports Programs – Registration will be Friday March 20th from 5 pm – 9 pm and Saturday March 21 from 9 am – 12 pm at Town Hall.
Spring Sports: T-Ball, Baseball and Softball
T-ball ages 5 to 6
Grasshopper ages 7 – 9
Pee Wee ages 10 – 12
+++ Ages as of July 31 +++
+++ Birth Certificate is required +++
Summer Programs – July 6th – July 31
Programs are broken into 4 separate weeks of clinics. Sports will be Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, and Arts and Crafts
Fall Sports: Soccer
Mini Mites ages 4 – 5
Mites ages 6 – 8
Pee Wee ages 9 – 11 (or 6th grade)
+++ Age cut off is Nov 1 +++
+++ Birth Certificate is Required +++
Winter Sports: Ski Club
Program skis 7 Sundays during the months of January – March.
Program includes lift tickets, rentals if needed and a 2 hour lesson each week.
Ages are 8 – 18
Sign ups for Ski Club will be in November of 2015
We will also be accepting applications for the following jobs this year:
Recreational Assistant – Will be assigned to help out in a spring sport or the summer activities
Fall Season Soccer Referees – Will Officiate Pee wee and Mite soccer games
Some of these dates are subject to change.

Tuesday’s Peru Central Budget Workshop is Open to All

DistThe Peru Central School Board of Education will gather Tuesday, February 24th at 6 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room for their second public session budget workshop. At its budget workshop, the School Board is expected to:
· Examine current year projections
· Review tax levy limit calculation
· Receive overview of revenues
· Discuss and determine budget parameters

The full agenda is available on the Peru CSD website at www.perucsd.org.

The meeting is open to all.

Governor Cuomo Announces New York Repeats as Second Highest Producer of Apples and Third Highest Producer of Grapes in the Nation

Grand jury indicts Sheldon Silver; read complete document

Trains are carrying — and spilling — a record amount of oil – The Washington Post

Trains are carrying — and spilling — a record amount of oil – The Washington Post.

 

Peru Gazette: Trains with similar cargo pass a few feet from Plattsburgh City Hall and south through the Town of Peru! 

Peru School District Seeks Board Candidates

BOE Photo Updated 112114The Peru Central School District is seeking candidates to fill two (2) vacancies on the Board of Education, due to the expiration of the terms of Ms. Cynthia Mills and Ms. Jill Folsom.

Both seats are at large for a five-year term from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2020.

The ‘Petition for Nomination of Candidate’ is available in the District Office at 17 School Street on Mondays through Fridays, except school holidays, or via the web at http://www.perucsd.org. Petitions must be directed to the School District Clerk, shall be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the District, and shall state the name, residence and phone number of the candidate. Petitions must be returned no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, April 20, 2015.

The School Board Election will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Presents Pre-Season Direct Marketing Training in Keeseville

Peru Gazette File Photo

Peru Gazette File Photo

Cornell Cooperative Extension Pre-Season Direct Marketing Workshops in Keeseville, Canton and Watertown will help farmers who sell direct to consumers from their farms, at events or at farmers’ markets learn how to brand themselves and better market and sell their fresh food and processed items.

The 10am to 2pm workshops with Extension educators will cover how to brand a farm and its products to catch consumer attention and build buyer loyalty. Marketing chickens and poultry products will be a specific interest area for discussion.

The workshops will update growers on the Food Safety Modernization Act laws and the latest development in farmers market consumer programs such as the EBT/electronic benefits transfer payment system and the FMNP nutrition program assistance for women infants, children and senior citizens.

Adirondack Harvest Coordinator Laurie Davis will present the benefits of becoming a member of the community-based, Extension-facilitated, nonprofit organization that promotes market expansion and local food availability across 12 northern NY counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington.

The workshops are set for:
March 14: Keeseville, AuSable Valley Grange, register with Laurie Davis, 518-962-4810, lsd22@cornell.edu;

April 4: Canton, St. Lawrence County Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, register with Brent Buchanan, 315-379-9192, bab22@cornell.edu; and

April 11: Watertown, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, register with Steve Ledoux, 315-788-8450, swl73@cornell.edu.

The $15 workshop fee includes lunch. Cornell Cooperative Extension offers equal opportunity programming and employment opportunities. Learn more online at www.ccenny.com.

U.S. Attorney Bharara Sees Corruption “All Over” New York State

Peru Man Homeless After Flames Gut Home

New York’s Diplomas Leave Too Many Kids Out

Fifth Annual Food from the Farm Tasting Event in Plattsburgh March 7

foodPlattsburgh, NY The public is invited to meet Northern New York farmers, food processors, wine and cider makers, and chefs with a diverse array of products at the 5th annual Food from the Farm event on Saturday, March 7 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the Plattsburgh Recreation Center gymnasium on the US Oval in Plattsburgh, NY.

Visitors will have the opportunity to sample and buy locally-grown or produced foods, wine and cider; pick up recipes and gardening tips; meet local food producers, and support the local economy and food movement. Products for sale may include overwintered storage crops such as carrots, beets and potatoes; winter greens, frozen meat, maple, honey, wine, and hard cider.

Anyone who would like a supply of fresh local food throughout the growing season will be able to meet farmers offering Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions and purchase a membership for 2015.

North Country growers use high tunnel structures to produce food even in the winter. Adirondack Harvest Coordinator Laurie Davis notes, ‘The array of local products available in late winter runs a wide gamut and the Food from the Farm tastings have expanded for 2015.’

The featured chef for the 2015 Food from the Farm is Chef David Allen of Latitude 44 Bistro in Plattsburgh. Allen regularly works with the local organic farmers. Event staff will be demonstrating how easy it is to work with local products to create different dishes and flavors.

This family-friendly event includes Cornell Cooperative Extension nutrition educators providing tips on using local food year-round, and 4-H Youth doing cooking demonstrations sponsored by the Produced in New York Project.

Food from the Farm is coordinated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County, Adirondack Harvest, and Master Gardener volunteers. Co-organizer Amy Ivy with CCE Clinton County says, ‘This is a fun event for families and provides the opportunity for people to get to know local farmers and support the local agricultural economy. We encourage that contact by giving a door prize ticket opportunity for each farmer you talk with during the event.’

Unlimited sampling, door prizes and helpful information are all included in the admission of $5 per adult, $20 per family, 5 years and under free. Tickets are available in advance on the CCE website at http://cce.cornell.edu/clinton, at the CCE office in Plattsburgh, or at the door.

Stefanik Votes in Support of Keystone XL Pipeline

Official PortraitWashington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of S. 1 – the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. This bipartisan legislation that has passed out of the Senate would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“I am proud to support this commonsense, bipartisan energy project,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This project will create as many as 42 ,000 new jobs and help lower energy prices for hard working North Country families. The President will now have a chance to demonstrate that he is willing to work with Congress and stand with a strong majority of Americans who support the construction of this pipeline by signing this measure into law. I hope he does so quickly and I commend my colleagues in the House and Senate for their work on this important, bipartisan legislation.”

Town and Resident Concerned About Peru’s Highway Intersections

town hallBy John T. Ryan

Dangerous intersections were primary topics of discussion at the Peru Town Board’s February 9th meeting. Stop signs appear to be invisible to several local drivers, especially at the intersection of the Brand Hollow Road and Military Turnpike Extension. That relatively busy intersection has been the scene of numerous accidents including a recent collision that reportedly sent three people to the hospital. Monday night, Town Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell asked for permission to install a streetlight at the intersection. Farrell is hopeful that illuminating the intersection’s four stop signs would reduce stop-sign violations. Farrell said, “NYSEG will install a new street light as soon as possible. I don’t know their schedule, but I hope it can be installed within the next two weeks.”

The Route 22-Maiden Lane intersection near Stewart’s was on the Board’s agenda at the request of Michael Blaine who recently emailed Supervisor Peter Glushko to express his concern. Monday night Blaine told the Board that he’s amazed that a serious accident hasn’t occurred at the intersection especially when out of town travelers pass through. He said, “ I can’t believe there’s not an accident there every day. It’s been an ongoing issue. It’s not gotten any better…I’m sick of locking it up to avoid a wreck.” Board members discussed several possible remedies; however there was no consensus on the most effective remedy. NYS DOT has previously indicated it will not install a traffic light at the intersection. Supervisor Glushko and Highway Superintendent Farrell both recommended to Blaine that he write to DOT to express his concerns. Glushko said citizen letters seem to get more reaction than letters from town officials. Blaine said, “I will drop them a line!” It appeared to many in attendance that a serious or fatal accident must occur before DOT takes action.

In other actions or news the Board:

  • Approved participation in the NYS Department of Environment Conservation’s Trees for Trails Programs. 275 deciduous trees at a total cost of $695 including tubes and stakes will be planted along the Town Walking Trail.
  • Learned that the energy supplier transfer from NYSEG to Ambit Energy is at a standstill. Some entity or individual has placed a “hold” on the Town’s account. Supervisor Peter Glushko and Ambit officials are attempting to resolve the matter. All parties deny placing the hold. If a remedy is not found, the Town will refer the matter to the NYS Attorney General’s office.
  • Approved a 2015 engineering contract with Engineering Ventures PC of Vermont. Several counselors had expressed frustration with Engineering Ventures’ inaccurate cost estimates on several projects and difficulty in contacting engineer Peter Gibbs. Monday the Board appeared to have resolved these issues, especially its communication with Gibbs who attended Monday’s meeting. Gibbs told the Board, “I appreciated the constructive criticism. We have our strengths, but we’re not everything. If there’s a project that is not in our wheelhouse we will refer it to another engineering firm. When there are things that are appropriate for us to handle, we’d love to be a part of it.”
  • Approved a $7,650 bid from Jonathan Babbie for purchase of the Highway Department’s 2005 Chevrolet truck. The insurance company declared the truck a total loss as a result of theft-related damage. The Town sold the truck in an “as is” condition with no guarantees.
  • Learned that a party desires to purchase the former log home sales office at 3085 Route 22 (adjacent to the Dollar Store). The property is zoned commercial, but the individual would like to use the building as a residence. Counselors will examine the zoning law and any associated legal issues.
  • Postponed agenda items including a presentation by the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum; renewal of two IT contracts and purchase of new computer equipment for the Town Court.
  • Conducted a 50 minutes executive session to discuss the employment of an individual.

The meeting adjourned shortly after 9 p.m. Counselor Kregg Bruno and Town Clerk Kathy Flynn were excused from attending the meeting.

Peru is Very Beautiful This Morning – February 11, 2015

Here’s Your Chance to Voice Your Opinion and Participate

PCSD Winter PhotoFor the past nine years, the Peru Central School District has organized a Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) that has served to inform and promote school-community discussion concurrent with the school district budget development process.

The BAC typically meets 3-4 times to develop an understanding of revenues and expenditures, components of a balanced budget, and particular challenges that face the school district. Traditionally, the BAC has formulated recommendations for Board consideration to assist the Board and administration.

The BAC is tentatively scheduled to meet in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 12th, Thursday, February 26th and Tuesday, March 17th. In addition to these informational sessions, the BAC will be invited to share their recommendations with the School Board on Tuesday, March 24th during a public budget development workshop.

If you wish to participate in any of the meetings of the BAC, please register by calling 643-6004. Thank you.

Don’t Forget Thursday’s ‘Empowering Parents’ Workshop

epOn Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, Peru Central School District will be presenting its second workshop of a four part series titled ‘Empowering Parents.’ This second workshop will focus on ‘CRUTCHES: A Parenting Framework That Parents Can Lean On’, and hopes to provide parents with tips for managing the challenges of parenting and life circumstances, attaining balance amidst trying times, and discussing the ABC’s (aka, Awareness, Balance, and Control) of being an empowered parent.

The meeting will be held in the Library of the Peru Jr/Sr High School and is open to all families within the school district.

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Extension Offering Beginning Farmer Training in Keeseville, Malone and Canton

scottCornell Cooperative Extension will hold 3 classes in Northern NY for Beginning Farmers. Anyone who would like to start a farm or change to a new product will find this an interesting group to help you learn the Best Management Practices. The free classes with take-home resources will be held from 1-4pm:

  • Tuesday, February 10, Ausable Valley Grange, Keeseville;
  • Friday, February 13, 911 Building, Malone; and
  • Friday, February 20, Extension Learning Farm, Canton.

Workshop topics include Evaluating Your Resources, Getting Started, Who can help? and Best Management Practices for Vegetable Production, Livestock Production and Growing Hay and Pasture.

Speakers are Anita Deming, Amy Ivy, Diane Dumont, Betsy Hodge, and Kitty O’Neill of Cornell Cooperative Extension; Sarah Johnston with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets;Jennifer Bosley, USDA Farm Credit Service; and Peter Hagar, Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation Service.

Registration is appreciated: contact your CCE office or Anita Deming, 518-962-4810 x409, ald6@cornell.edu <mailto:ald6@cornell.edu> . We may cancel so let us know if you plan to attend. Walk-ins are OK too.

MORE INFO:
CCE Franklin County, Malone: 518-483-7403

CCE St. Lawrence County, Canton: 315-379-9192

CCE Essex County, Westport, 518-962-4810 x409

Town Board Agenda Published

Peru Native Nicholas Uliva Named to Dean’s List at Ithaca College

itacaITHACA, NY – Nicholas Uliva, a sport management major in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College, was named to Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester.

From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 460 graduate students.

United Way Reaches Campaign Goal – $725,000

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John Bernardi, United Way Ex. Director/CEO & Campaign Co-chairs

            The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. has met the 2015 campaign goal of $725,000. The annual campaign is conducted primarily during the fall months and concludes in February of each year. This year’s campaign raised a total of $725,413.00 which includes proceeds from special events. Bruce Garcia of JCEO was the co-chair of this years drive and has been a long time supporter and partner of the local United Way organization. He said “we are so delighted to deliver this exciting news to our three county region. It is once again a testament to the generosity and caring nature of the North Country. It was very challenging this year and we are proud of what we have been able to achieve”. Marge Garcia of Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc. was the co-chair of this year’s drive and has also volunteered on the campaign team for several years. She said, “It was a valiant team effort among campaign team volunteers, United Way staff and employee campaign representatives, but most of all, it was the generosity of businesses, organizations and individuals that made it successful.

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The Strand Center for the Arts Annual High School & Middle School Exhibition 2015

HS MS artDear Educators, Parents and Students,

It’s time for The Strand Center’s Annual High School & Middle School Exhibition! This year’s exhibition will open on March 20th and run through April 24th 2015. We hope these dates work with the majority of local school districts. This year we are expanding the number of participating schools; however, due to our limited gallery space we must restrict the number of works from each school to ten total works. We understand that this puts restrictions on how many of your students get to participate and we apologize. If there are any questions or concerns, please direct them to gallery@plattsburgharts.org.

This year the HS/MS Exhibition features an added incentive for students. Works that place first and second in each of the media categories will be featured in a temporary exhibition at Champlain Centers Mall in Plattsburgh and be eligible to win a scholarship sponsored by Champlain Centers!

GUIDELINES:

▪ 10 pieces of artwork per school district (not per teacher). Two works per student max.
▪ All work must be labeled on the BACK ONLY. Please include: artist name, title of work, medium, grade level, and school
▪ All work must be matted and framed. There are no material restrictions, but works need to be sturdy and professionally presented. Works should be wired on the back as our hanging system is not compatible with commercial hooks found on pre-fabricated frames.
▪ Artwork must fall under one of the given categories.
▪ Teachers must submit a full list of works being dropped off, including the students’ name, title of work, medium, grade level, and school. This list can be submitted in paper when works are dropped off or electronically by emailing gallery@plattsburgharts.org. The Strand Center will maintain its standard 30% commission rate for sales, so please advise your students to take this into consideration when pricing if they do decide to sell work.

IMPORTANT DATES:

HS/MS Exhibition: March 20, 2015 – April 24, 2014
Artwork drop-off dates: March 7 – March 14
Artwork pick-up dates: April 25 – May 2

Arrangements can be made with our Gallery Coordinator if you cannot make it to the Center during our regular hours.

CATEGORIES:

Drawing, Painting, Sculpture (3D), Ceramics, Mixed Media (2D), Photography, Graphic Design, and Printmaking.

Awards will be given in each category. In addition to these categories, there will be a Best of HS/MS award given to one student. The “Best of” award will be chosen based on a jury panel as well as a people’s choice vote. The student who wins “Best of” will also be awarded a scholarship from Champlain Centers.

Award Jurors TBD.

The Strand Center for the Arts agrees to:
• Send a press release to local paper(s) no later than 12 days before the exhibit.
• Design and distribute exhibition posters, flyer, program and invites to the local region.
• Feature the exhibit in at least two weekly digital newsletters.
• Clean and maintain the gallery spaces throughout the exhibit.
• Provide a punch and snack reception for the opening night.
• Manage the satellite exhibition in Champlain Centers Mall
• Work with Champlain Centers to provide the “Best Of” winner with a scholarship

I hope your school will be able to participate in this year’s exhibition. If you are unable to participate please let the Arts Center know as soon as possible so we may pass the opportunity onto other students.

For more information on dates, guidelines, requirements, and more please contact our Gallery Coordinator, Christina, by phone at 518-563-1604 or by email at gallery@plattsburgharts.org. More information can also be found on our website www.plattsburgharts.org under “Exhibitions.”

Thank you! We hope to hear from you soon!

Board Agenda Includes Athletics Program Review

BOE Photo Updated 112114Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School. An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 6:00 PM start. The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM. Anticipated topics include:

· ADK P-TECH 1st Year Retrospect
· Athletics Program Review
· Peru 2020

The full Board agenda is available on the District’s website at www.perucsd.org.
All are welcome.

Stefanik Named Vice-Chairman of Key Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness

Official PortraitWashington, D.C. – The House Armed Services Committee has announced that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) has been selected by her colleagues on the Committee to serve as Vice-Chairman for the Subcommittee on Readiness.

“I am grateful to Chairman Thornberry and my colleagues on the Committee for the opportunity to serve in this important position,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The Readiness Subcommittee has extraordinary responsibility overseeing the budget for the Department of Defense. From this position, I will be able to work to undo the damaging effects that the sequester is having on our military readiness as well as bring a strong voice to protect and strengthen the interests of Fort Drum. I look forward to working closely with Subcommittee Chairman Rob Wittman on these important issues.”

“I am pleased to announce that Congresswoman Stefanik will be serving in this important position in the 114th Congress,” said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX-13). “From day one, Congresswoman Stefanik has displayed a strong desire to advocate on behalf of the needs of the Department of Defense, and specifically Ft. Drum in New York’s 21st District. From her seat as Vice Chairman on the Readiness Subcommittee, she will be well positioned to help advance her goals and protect the capabilities of our armed forces.”

About the Readiness Subcommittee:

The Readiness Subcommittee is responsible for the single largest account within DOD’s budget. It oversees military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance issues and programs, military construction, installations and family housing issues, and the BRAC process. It also oversees civilian personnel, energy security, and environmental issues that affect DOD. The Readiness Subcommittee makes sure that our troops are properly trained and their equipment is properly maintained so they can succeed in their missions, and that they have the facilities and services they deserve when they return home.

School Business Officials Report on “The Road Ahead”

studentThe people most in the know analyze the financial challenges facing NYS schools. The report was issued in January 2104, but it’s still very relevant.

School District Insolvency by the NYS Association of School Business Officials

Chad Dashnaw and Alyssa Murphy Named to Siena College President’s List

SienaLOUDONVILLE, NY The following area residents were named to Siena College President’s List for the Fall 2014 semester. President’s List students must achieve a term index of 3.9 or above.

Chad Dashnaw, a biochemistry major, of Peru, NY (12972) was named to the Preisdent’s List.

Alyssa Murphy, an English major, of Peru, NY (12972) was named to the Preisdent’s List.

Founded in 1937, Siena College is a private, Catholic Franciscan, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 3,000. Siena College offers more than 1,200 unique program choices and professional curricula in teacher preparation/education, pre-medical, pre-law and social work. A student-to-faculty ratio of 12-to-1, average class size of 21, rigorous academics, Division I athletics, intramural sports and widespread service and advocacy experiences nurture each student’s personal growth while providing the education of a lifetime.

Plattsburgh City Council to Consider Medical Marijuana Resolution

Stefanik Announces Plattsburgh Office Opening, New District Staff Hires

stefanikToday, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced the opening of her Plattsburgh office:

“I am excited to have our doors open to serve the Plattsburgh community,” said Rep. Stefanik. “Whether you need help with a federal agency, information about services my office can provide, or wish to share your opinion on issues before Congress, I encourage anyone in the area to stop by our Plattsburgh office for assistance.”

Congresswoman Stefanik’s Plattsburgh office is located at 23 Durkee Street, Suite C, Plattsburgh. The phone number is (518) 561-2324.

In addition, Congresswoman Stefanik announced new hires in her district offices. Serving as Regional Director for the Plattsburgh office will be Renee Hertz. Renee is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law and lives in Keene Valley.

Congresswoman Stefanik also hired two key staffers who worked for Congressman Bill Owens. Matt Scollin is a graduate of University of New Hampshire who worked for Congressman Owens and will serve as Regional Director for Congresswoman Stefanik’s Glens Falls Office. Also, Maddie Donovan who graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester and worked for Congressman Owens will serve as Regional Director for Congresswoman Stefanik’s Watertown Office.

“I am so pleased to have Renee, Matt and Maddie on our team,” said Rep. Stefanik. “Their experience and knowledge of the district will help us greatly as we serve constituents in the North Country and I am excited to have them on board.”

The Majority of Peru’s Residents Did Not Vote

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Party leaders say 49% was a good turnout; nevertheless, 51% of Peru’s registered voters failed to exercise their civic responsibility in the November 2014 election. They took no part in electing a member of Congress, New York State Governor, Member of the New York State Assembly and Peru Town Justice. In hopes of developing a greater understanding of last fall’s voting patterns, The Peru Gazette asked the Clinton County Board of Elections for registered voter numbers and vote totals. Greg Campbell, a Board of Elections Commissioner, was kind enough to answer our request. We did the analysis.

  • 2,029 of Peru’s 4,134 registered voters cast ballots in the November 2014 elections.
  • Peru ranks 3rd in Clinton County with 4,134 registered voters behind the City of Plattsburgh’s 9,479 and the Town of Plattsburgh’s 7,041.
  • Peru’s Republicans voted in greater numbers than Peru’s Democrats – 57.6% to 50.5%.
  • Republicans cast 46% of the ballots cast in Peru while Democrats cast only 30%.
  • 1,287 or 31% of Peru’s voters are registered as “No Party,” Independence Party, Conservative Party or Working Families Party.
  • Elise Stefanik won a seat in Congress and carried the Town of Peru, but Democrat Aaron Wolfe carried Clinton County by a substantial margin.
  • 3rd Party, plus “No Party” voters cast 23.5% of the votes cast in the Town of Peru and 24.4% in Clinton County.

Peru’s registered voters by party or “No Party:”

  • Republican – 1,622
  • Democratic – 1,207
  • No Party – 900
  • Independence Party – 321
  • Conservative Party – 40
  • Working Families Party – 26

Registered Voters in Clinton County By Party/No Party

  • Total – 44,923 (20,182 or 44.9% voted in 2014)
  • Democratic – 16,252 (7,638 or 47% voted in 2014)
  • Republican – 14,181 (7,614 or 53.7% voted in 2014)
  • No Party – 10,458 (3,430 or 33% voted in 2014)
  • Independence – 3,206 (1,171 or 36.5% voted in 2014)
  • Conservative – 482 (236 or 49% voted in 2014)
  • Working Families – 247 (56 or 22.7% voted in 2014)
  • Green – 97 (37 or 38.1% voted in 2014

Peru’s Registered voters by party/no party casting ballots in 2014:

  • 935 or 57.6% of Peru’s registered Republicans cast ballots.
  • 610 or 50.5% of Peru’s registered Democrats cast ballots.
  • 319 or 35.4% of Peru’s registered “No Party” voters cast ballots.
  • 131 or 40.8% of Peru’s registered Independence Party voters cast ballots.
  • 20 or 50% of Peru’s registered Conservative Party voters cast ballots.
  • 7 or 26.9% of Peru’s registered Working Families voters cast ballots.

Peru’s Party or “No Party” votes as a percentage of the ballots cast in the Town of Peru:

  • Republican Party voters cast 46% of all ballots cast.
  • Democratic Party voters cast 30% of all ballots cast.
  • “No Party” voters cast 15.7% of all ballots cast.
  • Independence Party voters cast 6.5% of all ballots cast.
  • Conservative Party Voters cast .01% of all ballots cast.
  • Working Family Party voters cast .003% of all ballots cast.
  • “No Party” and 3rd Party voters combined cast 23.5% of all ballots cast.
  • So-called 3rd Party voters (Independence, Conservative and Working Families) cast 7.8% of all ballots cast.

Registered Voters in Clinton County by Town:

Total – 44,923

  • Altona – 1,442
  • AuSable – 1,669
  • Beekmantown – 3,564
  • Black Brook – 954
  • Champlain – 3.409
  • Chazy – 2,717
  • Clinton – 428
  • Dannemora – 1,197
  • Ellenburg – 1,186
  • Mooers – 1,998
  • Peru – 4,134
  • Plattsburgh – 7,041
  • Saranac – 2,690
  • Schuyler Falls – 3,015
  • City of Plattsburgh – 9,479

2014 Final Election Results:

Member of Congress:

  • Elise Stefanik – 936 (47%) votes in Peru and 8,470 (43%) in Clinton County
  • Aaron Wolfe – 851 (43%) in Peru and 9,378 (47%) in Clinton County.
  • Matthew Funiciello – 189 (10%) votes in Peru and 1,943 (10%) in Clinton County.

Governor of New York State:

  • Democrat Andrew Cuomo 987 (53%) votes in Peru and 10,809 (58%) in Clinton County.
  • Republican Rob Astorino – 866 (47%) votes in Peru and 7,697 (42%) in Clinton County.

Member of New York State Assembly:

  • Republican Janet Duprey 1,207 (63%) in Peru and 10,915 (60%) in Clinton County
  • Independence Party Karen M. Bisso – 712 (38%) in Peru and 7,335 (40%) in Clinton County.

Peru Town Justice:

  • Republican Lawrence Cabana – 1,287 (66%)
  • Democrat Karen Glushko – 665 (34%)

One of The Many Highlights

Clem Hawkin's Band

Clem Hawkin’s Band

Eric Gibson’s 15-year old son Kelley played the mandolin briefly at the Clem Hawkins Band Concert Saturday Night. It was one of the evening’s many highlights! Click here to play 

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