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Sayward to step down

Assemblywoman won't seek re-election

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, a Republican, has announced she will not seek re-election.

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, a Republican, has announced she will not seek re-election.

— “She is a tremendous representative of the issues of this constituency,” Little said. “I think she is going to be a tremendous advocate for the North Country in a different way.”

Sayward is not going away. The Adirondack Park still needs a strong voice, she said.

“If we don’t come together for a single purpose, we won’t be successful in anything we do,” Sayward said. “There is a lot of power when people come together.”

Sayward has been extremely pleased with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration. The most important thing, she said, is to work in a non-partisan way to push New York forward.

“I knew when I took this job I would know when it was time to leave,” Sayward said. “Thank you all very much for making this ride I had a very pleasant and wonderful experience.”

Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randall “Randy” Douglas, a Democrat from the town of Jay, is strongly considering a run at Sayward’s seat.

“I have enjoyed working with Teresa,” he said. “She is a tremendous leader and I will miss her dearly.”

Sayward refused to play politics, and she didn’t care what party an individual belonged to, he said.

“I am honestly considering a run but no decision will be made until I thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of a run with my family,” Douglas said.

He plans to have those discussions in the next few weeks.

“One of the biggest items weighing on my decision is to make certain that my town of Jay and Essex County constituents’ needs for recovery from Irene are still able to be met, as a possible campaign would be very time consuming.”

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