Response to Lefebvre’s town board comment

To the editor:

I would like to congratulate Mr. LeFebvre and Mr. Carmichael on their nominations. I would further like to echo their sentiment in the Tupper Lake Press that opposition is important in a political race. Furthermore, I would like to thank Mr. Lefebvre for complimenting me on my youth and demeanor, but these are only some of the qualities I bring to the board. Often in today’s society my generation is chastised for being naive and typhlotic (aka blind) when it comes to governance. I will not dispute Mr. Lefebvre and Mr. Carmichael’s claims that my voice on the board may not be as loud as others; however, this does not make my voting, nor opinion lackadaisical. On the contrary, I would like to commend our current board, as well as past boards and supervisors, Mr. Lefebvre included, for paving the way for this board.

Like any board or council, we are faced with difficult decisions, including but not limited to infrastructure, as well as economic and community development. The solutions to these problems are often complex. It is through dialogue, research and professional resources that we are able to address and remedy them. I believe my time on the town board thus far has been effective. I choose to raise my children in this beautiful community, and I am blessed and honored to be a part of the decision-making process as our community grows and expands. I know there is much to learn, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues and being able to serve my constituents in the beautiful town of Tupper Lake.

Mary A. Fontana

Tupper Lake

(Editor’s note: The Enterprise does not normally publish letters to the editor by active political caadidates; instead, we generally cover their campaigns as news or ask that they purchase advertising. But we made an exception since this is a direct response to a statement by an opposing candidate.)