PARISHVILLE - When Jerry G. Moore resigned from his post as Parishville town supervisor in February, it created a chain of events that will ultimately lead to a primary in the municipality in a few weeks, one of just three in all of St. Lawrence County.
Shortly following Mr. Moore’s resignation, Rodney G. Votra, then a town councilman, was brought in to be the replacement.
Brian T. Gary and Donald E. Tebo Jr. will by vying for the vacant town council seat in the Sept. 9 Republican primary.
Mr. Gary has lived in Parishville for 47 years, nearly all of his life.
“I’ve been in town for this long and decided that it was time for me to give back to the town,” he said. “Our town is becoming smaller and smaller and I would like to see it grow instead of decline.”
The 1986 Parishville-Hopkinton Central School graduate briefly attended the State University of New York and Agricultural and Technical College at Canton, or ATC, following high school.
He currently works as a corrections officer in Malone and has had numerous other work and community experiences that he feels makes him a qualified candidate.
“I worked for Robinson and Smith right out of college and drove trucks for them for 11 ½ years. Then I went to corrections for which I am currently doing and have 15 years for them,” Mr. Gary said. “Back in the late 1980s and early 90s I was an EMT level 2 for Parishville Fire and Rescue. I also belong to the (Community Emergency Response Team.)”
Mr. Gary also noted his ability to work with both political parties and his former membership as a union steward with Teamsters.
He is currently a union steward with NYSCOPBA as well.
“I can work with both parties. I want to make sure that people know that I can work with both parties,” Mr. Gary said.
Among his other involvements is his membership to the law enforcement motorcycle club, the Warthogs.
He said he would like to address several areas as a councilman.
“I think that the tax dollars in Parishville are a bit high for what we are receiving. I see all of our businesses are moving out of town. We don’t have a restaurant left in Parishville,” Mr. Gary said. “I am also an avid sportsman who likes fishing and hunting and I am a strong supporter of the constitution.”
Attempts to reach Mr. Tebo for comment were unsuccessful.