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Moriah supervisor running uncontested

PORT HENRY - Tom Scozzafava has been working for the people of Moriah virtually his entire 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."

Scozzafava, a Republican, is running unopposed for his 11th term as Moriah supervisor this fall.

There are political races in the town this fall, though.

Incumbent Richard Carpenter, former trustee Eugene Williams, Timothy Garrison and Laura Baker are seeking two GOP nominations for two board in the Sept. 15 primary vote.

Incumbent trustee Tony Harvish is not seeking re-election.

Moriah 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.

Scozzafava is the second-longest serving member of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

Moriah is unique, Scozzafava said.

"The town of Moriah is a community like no other," he said. "We have five hamlets (Mineville, Witherbee, Moriah, Moriah Center and the village of Port Henry), miles and miles of infrastructure and a lot of different issues important to different people."

Moriah has been successful in recent years gaining federal and state grants to complete many projects, such as water and sewer systems, construction of an industrial park and the creation of a new health center.

"It's a difficult job," Scozzafava said of being supervisor, "but what makes it much easier is that we have great town employees. They are truly public servants."

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

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