ELIZABETHTOWN — Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas is seeking a fourth term as chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.
Douglas, who has served three one-year terms in the position, said he discussed it with his family and town staff and feels it’s the best thing to do.
“Although they feel I am just being a glutton for punishment, I have all their blessings. I believe my experiences and my close contacts in both Washington (D.C.) and Albany, including my personal friendship with Governor (Andrew) Cuomo, will continue to be an asset to all of Essex County.”
The current vice chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Roby Politi (R-North Elba), has declined to run for another term in that post, and Supervisor William Ferebee (R-Keene) has announced his candidacy for vice chair.
“My friend and colleague, Bill Ferebee, will be my running mate,” Douglas (D-Jay) said. “I certainly will miss Supervisor Politi’s wisdom and support, as he has been a wonderful vice chairman and friend these past three years.”
Douglas said he feels Ferebee would make a fine vice chairman.
“Supervisor Ferebee and I did not know each other before becoming town supervisors, I in 2004 and Bill in 2006. However, we have worked very closely on many issues that we have faced in our townships and all of Essex County. We have worked side by side to help the towns of Keene and Jay recover from the effects of Hurricane Irene.”
He and Ferebee have become friends in the process, Douglas said.
“As you can see over the last few weeks (of budget talks), we don’t always agree. However, one thing his family and my family know (is) that our difference in positions while serving the people of Essex County will never ruin our friendships.”