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Essex Co. chairman seeks rare fifth term

December 12, 2013
JESSICA COLLIER ( , Lake Placid News

ELIZABETHTOWN - Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas is asking his colleagues for another year at the helm of the board.

Douglas wrote a letter to his fellow board members at the end of November asking them to consider voting him and his vice chairman, Keene town Supervisor Bill Ferebee, to lead the board again in 2014.

If elected, it would be Douglas' fifth term in that position.

"Together we have worked very hard on your behalf to help keep us at the front of the line for state and federal funding grant opportunities," Douglas wrote in the email. "Together in working with the County Manager Dan Palmer, County Attorney Dan Manning, Deputy County Manager Mike Mascarenas, and all Department heads we have been very successful in securing funding for many projects in Essex County such as infrastructure improvements and consolidation projects."

He cited his many connections on the county, state and federal level and noted that the county recently learned the state would put $12 million into work on the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway.

He said he got approval from his wife and children to run for the position again.

Douglas told his colleagues he and Ferebee have felt honored to serve as the board's leaders.

"Together we have made great strides in working together in a bipartisan way for the betterment of Essex Counties future," Douglas wrote. "All though we may all disagree at times I know each and every one of you honestly vote for what you feel is best in your hearts."

Douglas, a Democrat, became chairman of the heavily Republican board in 2010. Since then, he's earned the respect of his peers. No other supervisors have publicly announced interest in seeking the post.

It was somewhat unprecedented for Douglas to win a third term as chairman in 2012. Traditionally, supervisors have been elected to a one-year term and received a "rubber stamp" vote for the second year; then their vice chairman would take over.

Five of the 18 supervisors on the current board were ousted in November's elections.

North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi served as Douglas' chair vice chair from 2010 through 2012, with Ferebee taking over that spot this year.

The vote is set to happen at the board's organizational meeting is set for 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at the old county courthouse in Elizabethtown.



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