Gary C. Planty is a candidate for the position of trustee for the village of Brocton in the upcoming March 19 election. Endorsed by the Democratic and Concord parties, he and his wife Julie (Crandall) Planty reside at 110 E. Main St., Brocton. The couple are parents of two daughters, and grandparents to three students enrolled in the Brocton Central School District.
Planty previously served a term of office as Village Trustee from 2004-2007. At that time, his combination of administrative skills, humor and hands-on-approach to projects became evident. His efforts were instrumental in completing the upgrade and improvements to Ryckman Park, making the grounds and playground equipment handicap-accessible. Planty also served on the fire committee and worked with the fire chief to administer grants for new protective personnel equipment. A grant for the exhaust ventilation system currently used in the fire hall was also obtained and administered.
According to Planty, "I enjoyed serving my community, as well as gaining experience in municipal government policies and procedures." He did not choose to run for a second term, however, as his position at Nestle Purina required more of his skills and focus during a time of system changes at that company.
Recently retired after 41 years of combined administrative service to Purina and the former Fredonia Seed Company, Planty says, "Now I can dedicate my time and energy to providing the level of service that the people of Brocton deserve."
As well as serving as an elected trustee, Planty has volunteer experience with Brocton/Portland Youth Midget League Football, Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball organizations. He has also aided the Joyce Kozlowski Memorial Run/Walk committee, the Brocton/Portland Alumni Committee, the town of Portland Comprehensive Planning Committee and served as Recreation Co-Chair. Most recently, Planty served on the Advisory Committee for the Brocton Central and Westfield Academy School Districts proposed consolidation study.
The Plantys worship at Tri-Church Parish in Brocton, where he is currently trustee chair. He has also served as financial secretary, as well as an enthusiastic volunteer for the Annual Harvest Ham Dinners at the church.
"Village government has been moving in a positive direction. I'd like to apply my experience, knowledge and skills to that process. I'd be honored to serve my community with the extra hours I now have in retirement," he said.