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Gray seeking second term as Massena town supervisor

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MASSENA — Massena Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray confirmed expectations that he will seek a second term in a release he issued Tuesday morning.

Mr. Gray called his first term “challenging, frustrating at times, but still enjoyable.” He said he’s running for a second term to continue working on “important issues for Massena’s future and to change the way local government does business.”

“These are trying times in local government,” he said. “Too many politicians in Albany and Washington spend their time in office bickering with the other party and promoting personal agendas. As a result, more and more demands are placed on local governments.”

And unfortunately, Mr. Gray said, those additional demands don’t come with additional funding.

“Sadly, no money comes along with these mandates,” he said.

Should Mr. Gray be re-elected, he said, he’s looking forward to tackling Mohawk land claims and the 10-year review of the New York Power Authority’s licensing agreement, as well as working to improve Massena’s economy and promoting what the township has to offer.

Along those lines, Mr. Gray said he has found success with things such as FISHCAP, an initiative to promote the St. Lawrence River valley as the fishing capital of the world.

“I think we stumbled on something significant with FISHCAP. We have amazing natural resources that many of us have taken for granted all these years,” he said. Some attendees traveled more than two hours to attend the initial meeting for what eventually would become FISHCAP.

“We can’t stop there,” he said. “We have to work harder to find different ways to grow our economy. We need to get more inventive to create jobs. We must find companies who can come to Massena to use our low-cost electricity and manufacture products with Alcoa’s aluminum.”

Mr. Gray also said he is looking forward to hearing what members of the public have to say about his tenure as supervisor thus far, noting he is planning to create a website for his campaign, as well as a Facebook page.

“I want to know what people think of some of my ideas and the work I’ve done so far,” he said. “I want to hear their ideas and plans for our future. My door and ears are always open.”

He also cited his diverse work experience as something he thinks can be beneficial to the town in the years ahead.

“There are some issues that I feel like I can contribute to,” he said. “I have some interesting background experience, having worked for the tribe for five and a half years and having attended land claim meetings on their behalf.”

Mr. Gray said he then worked for the state Senate “and learned a lot about how the state government and how different things work.”

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