Democrat, Republican face off for supervisor

Cathy Moses running on her record in office

SCHROON LAKE - Cathy Moses is a known commodity.

"People know who I am and what I do," the Schroon supervisor said. "There aren't any surprises."

Moses is seeking her sixth term as town supervisor. A Republican, who currently serves as chairwoman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, she is running in the November general election against challenger Mark Whitney.

Schroon voters will go to the polls in the Sept. 15 primary, though.

Incumbent Roger Friedman, Meg Wood and Bruce Caza are vying for two Republican nominations to the town board.

Republicans will also choose a candidate for county sheriff between incumbent Henry Hommes and Michael "Ike" Tyler and county district attorney between incumbent Julie Garcia and Kristy Sprague.

Moses brings experience to the job. Besides her 10 years in office, she was clerk to Supervisor John Kelly for 13 years before that.

The most important aspect of being supervisor, Moses said, is maintaining sound financial practices.

"It's important to have a good, sound budget while keeping the tax rate down," she said. "We've been able to maintain our services during this difficult (economic) time. We're in pretty good shape in Schroon.

"In spite of everything going on around us, all the town accounts continue to have healthy fund balances," she said.

A priority during Moses' tenure has been improvements to the town infrastructure. There have been major water, sewer, parks and other projects in the past 10 years. She has helped the community receive more than $6.3 million for the work in grant money.

"Our town has been very fortunate over the past 10 years to have received all the grant funding that has brought our town to where its is today," Moses said. "We owe a great deal of thanks to our legislators who have been so very supportive of our requests for grants."

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