By LOHR McKINSTRY
---- — LAKE PLACID — Longtime North Elba town assessor Kimball Daby died suddenly early Thursday morning.
Daby, 66, was the chairman of the three-person North Elba Board of Assessors.
A cause of death was not released Thursday, but he had suffered from cardiac disease for several years.
He was running unopposed on the Republican Party line for re-election, and his name will still be on Tuesday’s general election ballot, as it is too late to have it removed.
Essex County Republican Election Commissioner Allison McGahay said State Election Law states that a candidate who dies within seven days of the election creates a vacancy that can be filled by a majority vote of the Town Council.
The appointee would serve until the end of 2014, she said, and the post would be on next year’s general election ballot for a partial term starting Jan. 1, 2015.
The governor also has the right to call a special election for the seat, she said, although that provision is rarely used.
McGahay said Daby would have been entering his 10th four-year term in January if he’d been re-elected.
“Mr. Daby was an experienced assessor and well respected. He was one of the longest serving public officials in Essex County.”
Daby took office on Jan. 1, 1978, for his first term as assessor.
He also chaired the Lake Placid Lions Club Toboggan Races in past years and had served as chairman of the North Elba Town Planning Board at one time.
“Kim Daby was an institution in the town,” North Elba Town Supervisor Roby Politi said Thursday. “He was a part of town government for 35 years.”
Politi said Daby’s whole life centered around North Elba.
“He did a superb job for the town. He was a very likable guy, very patient.”
SENSE OF HUMOR
Politi said Daby had a great sense of humor, naming his camp “Awquitcherbitchin.”
“It was a perfect name for his camp. He was an assessor, and that was probably the only place he could go where someone wasn’t complaining to him.”
Politi said the Town Council will likely take up the issue of an appointment to the position at its next meeting, “but that’s not something we’re even thinking about at this time.”
Daby will be difficult to replace as the town’s chief assessor, he said.
“It’s one of those very unfortunate things. We will miss him greatly.”
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