By ANDY GARDNER
MASSENA — Facing a challenge in November, Massena’s incumbent supervisor says he wants to keep working toward turning Massena into a fishing destination and get the town highway garage issue resolved.
Joseph Gray, a Republican, has held the supervisor’s office since 2009. It was his first time in elected politics. Prior to that, he worked for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in the 1990s and was with the state Senate for 12 years “dealing with local government issues” on behalf of senators Joe Griffo and Griffo’s predecessor, Ray Meier.
“I got to know my way around Albany with both the tribe and that job, and got to know my way around Washington with the tribe as well,” Gray said.
Before his election, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for the supervisor’s office.
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Gray says if he is re-elected, the town will begin building a new highway garage in the first year of his new term, as well as push an agenda that favors tourism-related projects.
“The town has needed a new town garage for 30 years at least,” he said. “If I am re-elected, we will start constructing a new town garage sometime next year.”
Another project Gray said he wants started early in his new term is to have built a 28-mile multi-purpose trail from Hawkins Point to Waddington.
“Imagine a 28-mile trail all on the St. Lawrence River, you could have the Lake St. Lawrence Marathon,” he said. “It would draw a ton of people, bring a bunch of money to town, I want to work on that next year.”
“We’re putting parts of that in place right now with recreational spending from NYPA,” he said, adding that neighboring towns of Waddington and Louisville would be involved.
“We’re already working together,” he said. “I talk with supervisors in those towns very frequently.”
He says he thinks the town should spend more than they are now to “develop and promote our area not just for tourism, but as a wonderful place to…