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Politi likely to remain Essex County vice chairman next year

December 21, 2010
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

ELIZABETHTOWN - Roby Politi will likely be the vice chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors for another year.

"If they want me, I'll do it," Politi, the supervisor of North Elba, said Monday. "If somebody runs against me, that's OK."

Politi said he hadn't heard of anybody opposing him, and that he hasn't actively sought the post either.

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"I'm not soliciting votes," said Politi, who is a registered Republican but runs for office as an independent.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas of Jay, a Democrat, sent a letter to his fellow supervisors last week saying he plans to run for the chairmanship again. Douglas became chairman in January, and chairs are customarily given two-year terms, although they do have to be reappointed after a year.

Douglas said Monday that he "wholeheartedly" supports Politi for vice chairman again.

"Roby's been a wealth of information to me, and a lot of help," Douglas said.

Nobody has said they plan to oppose Douglas. Tom Scozzafava of Moriah, who also sought the position a year ago, said about three weeks ago he supported Douglas.

"I support Randy Douglas 100 percent," said Scozzafava. "In fact, I'd be honored to nominate him for the position."

Scozzafava is a Republican, but a majority of the Republicans on the board backed Douglas a year ago after a divisive district attorney's race where most of the Republican leadership supported Kristy Sprague against then-Republican incumbent Julie Garcia. Scozzafava publicly supported Garcia's re-election bid; she narrowly lost the Republican primary and then the election to current DA Sprague.

In his letter declaring his intent to seek another term, Douglas said the board had put political differences aside to work together for the good of the county.

"Together we saved the Moriah Shock Correctional Facility, broke ground on the new Crown Point Bridge upon its closing, while temporary ferry installation was provided, created an Essex County Ethics Policy, appointed an Essex County Green Committee, continued progress on the Essex County Radio Project and made sound financial decisions," Douglas wrote. "Throughout it all, we have agreed to disagree while respecting our individual opinions and did so in a true professional manner, in which I am most proud of."


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