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Scozzafava running unopposed

He singled out Becky Gilbo, his clerk for the past 18 years.

"She's my right arm," Scozzafava said. "She's the numbers lady, the one who makes the budget work."

Scozzafava takes pride in running an open administration. The town board was one of the first in the North Country to television its

meetings to the community.

"People see us from start to finish with no editing," Scozzafava said. "With the support of the town board we hold very open meetings and encourage public participation.

"You have to listen to people," he continued. "You can learn a lot every day by listening to your constituents."

Scozzafava said the Moriah town board has done a good job of holding down property taxes, although he continues to argue to state changes in the property tax system.

"The whole property tax system is in great need of overhaul," he said. "It's antiquated and is the most regressive system there is. There's been years and years of talk in Albany, burt nothing ever gets done. We'll keep trying."

In his next term Scozzafava said he will continue to work toward attracting businesses and jobs to the town. He would also like to see a hotel come to the community to boost local tourism and he wants to see more improvements at the town-owned Bulwagga Bay campground.

"One of the biggest assets of our community is Bulwagga Bay," he said. "Those revenues are used to offset taxes. It's a real benefit to the taxpayers."

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