Douglas, Politi set to lead county another year

Randy Douglas and Roby Politi are poised to lead Essex County for another year.

Douglas made his intention of seeking a second year as county chairman public two weeks ago.

But North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi remained tightlipped about his intentions until Monday. Politi said that if Douglas wanted him at the county's number two job as vice chairman, he'd take it for another year.

"I'm committed to be for another year," he said. "If they want me, I'll stay. If they don't, that's okay."

Essex County's vice chairman leads the key Ways & Means Committee, which is the gateway through which all legislation must pass before moving to the full board.

And Douglas said he wouldn't have anyone else.

"I wholeheartedly support Roby. I believe he's interested again and in the responses to my letter stating I'd like to be chair again, our colleagues have indicated they support Roby," he said.

Numerous supervisors from both sides of the political aisle have confirmed that the Douglas-Politi ticket is currently unopposed.

And Douglas expects it to stay that way when his reappointment reaches the floor in early January.

"I think it will be uncontested," he said. "Quite honestly, Roby's been a wealth of information to me and a lot of help."

Throughout the past year, Politi led the failed push to privatize the county-run Horace Nye Nursing Home.

Last year, Moriah's Tom Scozzafava challenged Douglas for Essex County's helm. But a rift among county Republicans resulted in many of them backing the Jay Democrat.

For his part, Scozzafava assumed the number three spot as chair of finance last summer.

Douglas and Politi faced what many longtime supervisors refer to as the worst budget year they have seen in 2010.

After sometimes intense political and rhetorical wrangling, the county board carved a once 40 percent tax hike to just 8.6 percent.

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