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State dairy inspector plans run for Lewis County legislator

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LOWVILLE — A state dairy inspector is planning to run for the District 7 seat on the Lewis County Legislature.

“I’ve actually debated running several times,” said Republican Gregory M. Kulzer, who has worked for the past 29 years as a dairy product specialist and state rating officer with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

The town of Lowville resident said discussions on a proposed office building project on outer Stowe Street, which he believes would be too costly, ultimately prompted his decision to seek office this year.

“I think there’s a need for new perspectives in this case,” he said.

Legislator William J. Burke, R-West Lowville, has decided not to seek a new two-year term representing the district, which includes the western part of the town of Lowville, along with all of Martinsburg and Turin.

Republican C. Lee Hinkleman, commander of the Lowville American Legion, also has announced plans to run for the seat, setting the stage for a September primary.

Mr. Kulzer said he would bring “some logic and common sense” to the Legislature, as well as fiscal responsibility.

“It’s hard for people to survive,” he said. “I feel bad for the elderly on fixed incomes.”

Mr. Kulzer said he believes economic development is important, both to improve the tax base and to provide more jobs to keep young people in the county. However, that effort should not focus just on snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and other recreational pursuits, he said. “We need some industry,” Mr. Kulzer said.

He added that redevelopment efforts at the former Lyons Falls Pulp & Paper mill are good but that other efforts, such as development of an industrial park in the Lowville area, also should be pursued.

“The possibilities are unlimited,” Mr. Kulzer said. “But you’ve got to put some incentive there.”

It would be nice if Lewis County could capitalize on the Greek yogurt craze by luring a company here, he said, noting he performs inspections at such a plant in Oneida County.

Mr. Kulzer holds an associate degree in dairy science from SUNY Canton. Before working for the state, he was employed at dairy plants in Schenectady, Ogdensburg and Heuvelton.

Mr. Kulzer lives in West Lowville with his longtime girlfriend and fiancee, Susan Young. He has one daughter, while Ms. Young has two daughters.

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