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N. Elba supervisor will speak at NCCC commencement

April 23, 2012

SARANAC LAKE - North Elba town Supervisor Roby Politi will deliver the commencement address at North Country Community College's graduation ceremony on May 12.

Speaking after the Tuesday, April 10 regular town board meeting, Politi said he was honored to be selected. Asked for a preview of his speech, he said he's still planning it.

"What does a 62-year-old guy who hasn't been on a commencement stage for 40 years know what to tell a group of young people?" Politi asked. "I don't have a Facebook page, I've never bought an iTune, I don't know how to tweet, so I'm trying to figure out what I have in common with all of these young, wonderful people.

"I don't know what I'm going to say yet, but I may say something like that," Politi added. "That wasn't bad, huh?"

Politi has served as town supervisor since 2007. Before that he served as Lake Placid village mayor, North Elba town justice and as a member of the North Elba town council. He works as a real estate broker, and he owns Merrill L. Thomas Inc. in Lake Placid.

Politi was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 but now has a clean bill of health.

NCCC President Carol Brown said the college picked Politi in part because last year, Franklin County Legislator Tim Burpoe, D-Saranac Lake, delivered the commencement address.

"Since we are the college of Essex and Franklin counties, we thought we'd offer the chance to someone from Essex," Brown said.

Brown said college officials generally seek input from the college community when picking a speaker for graduation. She said the college also likes to bring in people from the North Country region.



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