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Douglas set to lead county in '11

"He handled the day-to-day job of running his town and also the many responsibilities that chairman of this board brings," Scozzafava said. "I have served on this board for over two decades and I can honestly say our current chairman is the hardest working I've ever served under. He listens and reads everything that anyone sends him."

For his part, Douglas said the partisan shift is less about him and more about the region's changing political landscape and the constant competition for finite resources with other counties in the state.

"I would say when I first came on it was more Republican versus Democrat and then once we got a couple independents elected, people started looking outside the box in order to get things done," Douglas said. "I think we have to be bipartisan and work as a group. Partisanship isn't helpful to anybody."

North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi also received unanimous backing and will continue to serve as county vice chair.

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