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King plans run for fifth Lewis legislative term

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WEST LEYDEN — Lewis County’s southernmost legislator plans to seek a fifth term.

“I still feel that I have the enthusiasm to do another two years,” said Legislator Jerry H. King, R-West Leyden.

Nobody has yet announced plans to run against him in District 10, which includes the towns of Leyden and Lewis.

Mr. King, a general contractor, said he is not afraid to raise divergent opinions, when necessary.

“I don’t look for controversy, but I don’t mind a good discussion either,” he said.

Mr. King said he also has a few projects, including an emergency radio system upgrade, on which he would like to continue working.

“It’s probably one of the most important decisions that any of us will make for residents,” he said.

While costs for the proposed system continue to escalate, Mr. King said he is still hopeful that one can be installed that is cost effective for local taxpayers. The project has been put on hold in the past because of cost concerns, but it is vital to correct deficiencies in the old radio system.

Mr. King said he also supports efforts to develop a good all-terrain vehicle trail system, but “it’s got to pay for itself.”

He also commended some ATV club officials for working to develop new off-road trails and said a cooperative effort will be needed to reduce reliance on roads for the trail system.

“Our trail system can’t be roads continuously,” Mr. King said.

The eighth-year lawmaker said he also hopes to continue to move forward with an office building project on outer Stowe Street, Lowville. “I still believe it’s the right thing to do,” he said.

Mr. King also touted recent county initiatives to increase funding for road paving and implement road striping, restructure legislative rules to encourage more open government, move hospice and certified home health aid programs under the auspices of Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, privatize Mental Health and work toward the same for the Community Recovery Center and dedicate a memorial wall in the county courthouse to Lewis County soldiers killed in service to the country.

“I take pride in my ability to listen to the interests and ideas of my constituents and feel that my voting not only reflects my specific district but all of Lewis County,” he said.

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