Thomas Won't Run Again

I just think its time, Thomas said. His appointment as an Adirondack Park Agency commissioner late last year by then-Gov. George Pataki, coupled with turning 65 this year worked to convince Thomas not to run again, he said. Now that Im a member of the APA board, I need to devote more time to that, he said. Its always been my philosophy that whatever you do, you try to do your best. For the past seven years, Thomas has also served as chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors. Serving as both the county chairman and the town supervisor has been a full load, Thomas agreed. Its been a very busy time, he said. Thomas has governed during extremely challenging times, said fellow Republican town board member Sterling Goodspeed. And through it all, hes always been Bill Thomas, Goodspeed said. Hes retained his sense of self and been a calming influence to those around him. Hes done a great job. Goodspeed said that one of Thomas greatest assets is his ability to diffuse controversy. He can say something or do something to calm the situation and put people at ease, Goodspeed said. And with that, hes able to bring about a positive result. Andrea McKee, a Democrat who serves on the towns Ski Bowl Park Committee, said Thomas retirement creates a void in local government. Hes had a selfless dedication to this town, McKee said. Whether you agree with his politics or not, hes really committed his whole being to the town and thats going to be challenging to replace. Thomas said he plans to continue to be active in the community and he envisions himself continuing to work. Being 65 this year I think Im eligible for state retirement and Social Security, Thomas said with a chuckle. But I would like to work somewhere. By announcing his decision not to run again early in the year, Thomas said, would allow others to have ample time to enter the race to replace him and mount a campaign. Thomas early announcement will ultimately benefit the town, McKee agreed. Its an important time for the town of Johnsburg, she said. And its important to have a competitive race for supervisor so that issues can be brought out and debated. Neither McKee nor Goodspeed would speculate on who might enter the race to become Johnsburgs next supervisor. No, not at this time, Goodspeed said. This is Bills moment and we need to respect that.

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