North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi successfully fended off a challenge by town Councilman Derek Doty in Tuesday's election. Politi will serve another two years as the town's leader, while Doty will remain on the council until his term expires in 2013.
The race was cordial, and both men said residents ended up winning. Chris Morris reports.
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Politi says his victory represents a vote of confidence from taxpayers, and he’s pleased with the results.
“We’ve got a great board, and I look forward to two more years,” Politi said. “It was actually a nice campaign on Derek’s part. We’re good friends, and we remain good friends. I’d like to thank everybody who came out and supported each one of us.”
There were few big-ticket issues on the town level in this race. Both men want to reduce North Elba’s annual appropriation to the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, and both agree that a major club house overhaul is needed at the town-owned Craig Wood Golf Course.
“Essex County is the real issue,” Politi said. “It’s not the town of North Elba. It’s what’s going on there [Essex County]. There’s some difficult decisions that have to be made, and I’m going to lead the charge in terms of making sure that we’re fiscally respsonsible. It’s my thing; I plan to do that.”
North Elba holds the weightiest vote on the Essex County Board of Supervisors. The county faces a laundry list of budget problems, and Politi says he'll continue his high-profile fight to privatize the Horace Nye Nursing Home:
“I don’t think the county should be in the nursing home business, and I’ll push try to make sure that we find that solution that’s equitable to both sides.”
Meanwhile, election workers say turnout was good, especially for an off-year that lacked any flashy state or federal races.
Cheryl Breen Randall spent more than 15 hours at the North Elba Town Hall polling site on Tuesday, and she says the election went off without a hitch:
“For the second year having the new way to cast the ballots, I think it ran fairly smoothly,” she said. “I think the turnout, for an off-year, was very, very good. No major hiccups whatsoever.”
Derek Doty declined to be interviewed for this story pending a final vote tally.