Port Henry Tom Scozzafava will not run for state Assembly.
The Moriah supervisor made his decision today after meeting with Randy Douglas of Jay, Essex County Board of Supervisors chairman.
“I decided after discussions with family and others I will not run,” Scozzafava said. “My plate is full as town supervisor and at the county. I don’t have time.”
The Moriah supervisor acknowledged family health issues played a role in opting out of a run.
Scozzafava’s decision trims the field in the 113th Assembly District. Douglas, Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec and former Glens Falls Mayor Bob Reagan have also expressed interested in the post. Douglas is a Democrat. The others are Republicans.
Scozzafava said he is fully committed to serving the people of the town of Moriah.
“I’m 150 percent committed to Moriah,” he said. “It’s pedal to the metal, full speed ahead for the people of Moriah.”
Scozzafava ran for Assembly in 2002, losing a Republican primary to Teresa Sayward before running as an independent in the November general election. Sayward, who was elected to the 113th Assembly seat in the general election that year, announced March 1 that she is retiring after five terms in office.
“I had my shot,” Scozzafava said that failed Assembly bid. “It didn’t work out. I’m satisfied where I am right now.
“In order to run for the Assembly and win, you need time, money and commitment,” he added. “I don’t have the time or money and can’t make the commitment.”
Scozzafava is a Republican, although he’s known for having an independent streak. He has endorsed Democrats Andrew Cuomo for governor, Rep. Bill Owens for the U.S. House of Representatives and Douglas as Essex County board chairman.
He is not ready to endorse anyone for the 113th District seat, but he made it clear he believes Douglas is a strong candidate.
“Personally, I’d like to see Randy run,” Scozzafava said. “He’d be excellent in Albany. He’s proven he’s an effective leader here in Essex County and he’s proven he can reach across the aisle and work with Republicans and Democrats. Randy would be an excellent candidate.”