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Morristown Town Supervisor seeking reelection

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MORRISTOWN – Frank L. Putman, Morristown town supervisor, is running for a fifth term in November.

Mr. Putman first took office in 1998. He said he has enjoyed his time as supervisor and is proud of the progress the town has made.

In particular Mr. Putman pointed to the 2007 zoning law and the Wind Energy Law that passed in 2012.

“Having a wind law on the books is important,” Mr. Putman said. “We passed the law, so if for some reason [a wind energy company] came to town they would have laws they have to abide by.”

Last year’s completion of the River Road East sewer project was also an accomplishment Mr. Putman pointed to as a milestone in his time in office. Mr. Putman said that project was especially important to prevent sewage from leaking into the St. Lawrence River.

There are still big challenges facing the town, Mr. Putman said, chief among them keeping taxes low while dealing with rising costs associated with state mandates.

“Every year the state ends up mandating some of the costs of being a municipality,” he said. “They’re not paying for it. It trickles down to the municipalities.”

These mandates include employee pension and health care fees, as well as keeping polling places open longer, Mr. Putman said.

“Everything that comes before us that I look at, I always try to think in terms of what is best for the most residents of the town,” Mr. Putman said. “I don’t have any personal agenda. And that’s what I want for the next four years.”

Mr. Putman said his time as town supervisor has been a continual learning experience, and he believes that experience will help him continue to serve the town well.

Mr. Putman, who was born in the Brier Hill home in which he resides, works as an advertising sales representative for Holstein World, a purebred dairy publication.

No other candidates have so far surfaced for town supervisor.

The general election is Nov. 5.

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