Douglas, Politi to lead Essex supervisors

In his run for chair of the board, Douglas teamed up with Republican North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi, who was elected in 2007 after running as an independent. Politi is the candidate for vice chair.

"It's crucial that party lines work together to reach goals that will benefit Essex County constituents," said Douglas.

Douglas said he and Politi waited until after the count of absentee and military ballots had been finalized to announce their intention to run. They did so out of respect for Jackson, who lost a close race to challenger Sharon Boisen.

Politi, formerly the mayor of Lake Placid, was recently re-elected to his second term as supervisor. He has renewed his call for the sale of the county-owned Horace Nye Nursing Home - a $4 million annual expense.

Douglas was recently appointed to the executive committee of the New York State Association of Counties. He is chair of the county transportation sub-committee and was highly involved in the rerouting of the county public transportation system following the closure of the Champlain Bridge.

The Douglas family has a long history of holding elected office in Jay. Douglas' father, Thomas A. Douglas, served as Jay supervisor from 1972-80 and from 1998-2000. His grandfather, Arthur J. Douglas, served as Jay supervisor from 1966-72. All were Democrats.

"Six years ago I was not prepared to be chairman of this board," said Douglas, "but I am now ready and able to serve the people of Essex County to the best of my ability."

WNBZ reporter Jon Alexander contributed to this report

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