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July 28, 2013

Chazy supervisor won't run

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He believes that he looks back on a period of accomplishments. 

“In eight years, you can do a lot.”

Supervisor Spiegel cited the construction of a new town vault and a new salt storage building at the highway garage, as well as the centralization of the computer system.

“We remodeled the whole Town Hall and made the atmosphere there a lot better,” he added.

Regardless of those upgrades and more to other town buildings and infrastructure, Spiegel said, “at the same time, we kept the town in strong financial shape. 

“We had a tough year budgeting last year with the transition of the Pfizer building and loss of its tax revenue,” he continued.

The facility, which not so long ago had employed more than 300 workers, was shut down and then, in 2012, turned over to Clinton Industrial Development Acquisition with a grant funding maintenance and marketing. Tax abatement accompanied the move, but last spring Victor and Stephen Podd of Northstar Private Capital LLC inked a deal to buy the property.

The town looks forward to its return to the tax rolls, Spiegel said.

‘A GOOD TEAM’

Spiegel expressed appreciation for those with whom he serves.

“I was very fortunate to work with a great board, who worked very well with each other as a team. I also was very lucky to have a great secretary (Susan Patnode), who was very easy to work with and kept me constantly updated when needed.

“It was a pleasure to work with a great town clerk, Leo Oliver.”

CONTENDED SEATS

Devins, a Republican, is running for re-election to her seat on the council; other candidates for the two four-year posts are Republican Willie Giroux and Democrats Timothy Collins and Martin Bouchard.

The two who garner the most votes will win the seats.

Richard West was appointed to the other position up for vote after incumbent Christopher Latremore was elected to a town justice post. West is not running, however. 

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