This from Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh):
David Martin was a political fixture in the North Country before my time in the region. He passed away on Tuesday at the age of 68. The St. Lawrence County native grew up in the Canton area, before going off to college at Notre Dame and the Albany Law School. He also served four years as a Marine captain in the late sixties.
His long history in politics took him from the St. Lawrence County legislature to the state Assembly and then, in 1981 he was elected to congress. He served the region for the next twelve years, stepping down in 1993 and handing the reins to John McHugh.
Though he spent recent years outside the North Country, he dipped back into local politics occasionally, most recently with an endorsement of fellow Republican Matt Doheny.
For those of you with longer memories and deeper histories than myself, I’d be interested in any recollections or high ponts that you recall from Martin’s time in office. As always, comments welcome.