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Robert J. Peluso running for Jefferson County Legislature

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WEST CARTHAGE — Robert J. Peluso is asking voters for a promotion.

The village trustee is running for the District 7 seat on the Jefferson County Board of Legislators. He faces John D. Peck in a primary Tuesday.

“I’ve had experience at the village level and I feel that now it’s a perfect time to serve at the county level,” he said.

The Carthage native wants to see the runway expansion project continue at Watertown International Airport, Dexter.

“We can get more airplanes in with a larger runway,” he said.

Planes with up to 88 seats could land on a 7,000-foot runway in any weather, which is what the county’s goal is for a runway length. That and other initiatives should help strengthen ties with Fort Drum.

“Fort Drum has a positive impact in our area, so I want to work to make sure we have a strong relationship with them,” he said.

That includes county involvement in housing.

“It’s important that we try to support affordable housing in the county,” Mr. Peluso said.

And he wants to see the county continue lowering the tax rate, which has been its trend over the last six years. Mr. Peluso also wants Jefferson County to work with the state to relax regulations on agriculture and to find other opportunities to provide health care services and housing for the elderly, such as the pending 60-bed Meadowbrook Terrace assisted-living center on Cole Street in Carthage.

Mr. Peluso, 36, is manager of Carlowden Country Club, Denmark. He said his neighbor, Legislator Kent D. Burto, who is vacating the seat, encouraged him to run.

“Rob has the ability to communicate and the ability to look at big picture and make a hard decision,” Mr. Burto said. “He would be a great board member.”

Mr. Peluso said he feels he’s up for the job. “I really love the village,” he said. “With the experience I have now, I think I can help at a higher level.”

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