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July 28, 2013

Chazy supervisor won't run

CHAZY — The town supervisor here won’t run for re-election this year.

“It’s time,” said Staub Spiegel of his decision.

Town Clerk/Tax Collector Leo Oliver, who took office in 1990, won’t toss his hat in the ring either.

“Putting in 24 years, that’s enough,” he said. “Plus, I enjoy my grandchildren (who live in New Jersey.)”

BIG LEARNING CURVE

Those are just two changes coming to Chazy government with the close of 2013.

The recent death of longtime Councilor Donald Trombly leaves a vacancy that the Town Council opted not to fill, as the term expires Dec. 31. And so a four-year term will be up for vote in November.

And a two-year unexpired term for another council position is up for grabs, too, as well as a four-year term for the seat held now by Cathy Devins.

She is running for re-election, but should she not be returned to office, that would leave only Councilor Jerry Deno (D) a veteran on the council.

His seat isn’t up this year.

“Between the town clerk, myself and the council positions, there could be some big changes,” Spiegel said.

He expressed optimism about those changes.

“There are some good candidates. 

“It’s going to be a big learning curve for them, but I’m sure they’ll do fine.”

REMODELED TOWN HALL

Spiegel, a Democrat, will have served for eight years as supervisor when his job ends Dec. 31; he was a town councilor prior to that.

And along with his political career, he has juggled other responsibilities. 

A sales executive for Northern Insuring, he said, “I’ll be able to give them an eight-hour day instead of trying to fit an eight-hour day into a four-hour day.”

Spiegel, 52, also owns several businesses along with his wife, Angela, including the Emory House in Morrisonville — a senior citizens residence — and some rental properties. 

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