Retired State Police investigator announces campaign for Murray Town Supervisor
My name is Robert Miller; my friends call me Bob. I am running for the position of Supervisor for the Town of Murray. For those not yet my friends, allow me to tell you about myself.
I have recently retired from service to New York State, where I served as Trooper, and then Investigator for almost 32 years. I loved my job. Every day was a new challenge, whether mentally, physically, emotionally, or all three at once.
While working full time, I returned to college to complete a life goal. I will admit, it was difficult at times, having to take a semester, or even an entire year off for different work commitments. What may take some individuals four years to complete, took me approximately twelve. I made the decision early on to see it through, and never quit. My blessing was that my Mother, my touchstone, was able to see me graduate with honors in 2007. Besides being a father of two wonderful sons, and a decorated Trooper, this was perhaps one of my proudest moments.
As a member of the State Police active efforts in community politics were not allowed. However, community service was not prohibited. I was honored to be asked to join the Holley Rotary Club by former Murray Town Supervisor Hank Lehning, a man who I respect a great deal. I remain active in the Holley Rotary Club, having served two terms as Club President, and currently serving as Secretary. I am proud of the positive influence our Club has in our community.
After my departure from State service, I was eager to participate in other aspects of community involvement. I served for a brief time as a Commissioner for the Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Fire District. Witnessing firsthand the inner machinations of the District and the Department left me with a healthy respect for those who volunteer their time to protect their community. I left this post when I was appointed to the Town Board to fill a vacancy.
Why do I think I have what it takes to be Supervisor? I asked myself this question before taking on the challenge. I believe in doing what is right, right by the taxpayers, right by the communities, and right by my own conscience. It is a serious commitment, and one I accept with my eyes wide open.
I have spoken with some in the community who have expressed to me that they feel as though they are not being heard. They feel their taxes are too high, or that there is waste that needs to be addressed. Still others feel that the Town needs to do more, yet with less.
In light of all that I have heard to date, there is always room for improvement. However, I would be hard-pressed to find fault in the hard work and dedication of the outgoing Supervisor, John Morriss. Because of his efforts, much goes on, continually, to make things better, more efficient, and more accessible.
I consider myself a Republican by principle, a Conservative by conviction, but, first and foremost, an American by heritage. I will not ever back down from a fight, if the cause I am fighting for is right, and I believe in it fully.
I look forward to a spirited campaign, and to meeting as many of the residents of the Town of Murray as humanly possible. I look forward to your honest and frank opinions, and answering as many questions as you may have. I may not know every answer to every question, but I assure you, from someone who never quits, I will find the answers to what we both seek.
Robert G. Miller