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Scozzafava claims another term

PORT HENRY - Tom Scozzafava is looking forward to the next two years.

"We have some serious issues ahead," Scozzafava said. "There will some challenges the next couple of years."

Scozzafava was re-elected Moriah supervisor in voting Nov. 3.

Running unopposed, he received 1,139 votes.

Moriah also elected two town board members. Incumbent Richard Carpenter received 813 votes and Tim Garrison got 722 to earn the seats.

Eugene Williams got 477 votes and Laura Baker 313 for town board.

Incumbent trustee Tony Harvish did not seek re-election.

Paul Mazzotte, running unopposed, was re-elected assessor with 636 votes.

This will be Scozzafava's 11th term as town supervisor. He is the second-longest serving member of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

During his next term Scozzafava said Moriah residents will face several key issues.

The future of the town's three-member board of assessors must be decided, Scozzafava said. There is presently a vacancy on that board with no one willing to fill it. Perhaps the town would be better served by a sole assessor, he said.

Moriah also faces a state mandate for an improved court house. Talks are now under way that could lead to a joint Moriah-Crown Point-Westport court facility located in Port Henry.

The proposed dissolution of the village of Port Henry will be decided in the next year.

The repair of replacement of the Lake Champlain Bridge in Crown Point will have a major impact on the community's future in the next couple of years, Scozzafava noted.

Finally, he said property tax reform must provide relief to local taxpayers. State budget woes and creating tremendous pressures on local government, Scozzafava said.

"It's not going to be an easy road the next couple of years," Scozzafava said. "But, as always, I'll do what I can to fight for my constituents."

Serving Moriah residents has been Scozzafava's life. He started work for the town at age 14. After high school graduation he worked in the town buildings and grounds department and at Bulwagga Bay campsite. The past 20 years he has served as town supervisor.

"I'm 52, going on 53, and still here," Scozzafava smiled. "I've seen a lot of changes over the years. This has pretty much been my life. They've been good years."

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