LEWIS After nearly 10 years, Lewis Supervisor Anthony Glebus has decided it's time to step down.
Glebus, who has served since 1998, decided against running for a sixth term.
The five-term supervisor did not file a petition for re-election, stating he wanted to spend time doing things in semi-retirement, enjoying activities like hunting, fishing and traveling. Glebus is the proprietor of Sunset Realty, and also hopes to spend more time with his real estate business.
I don't have any regrets for what's been done the towns much better off than it was 10 years ago, said Glebus. What I'm going to miss is working with the people.
During Glebus tenure, the town of Lewis undertook its largest-ever infrastructure project, installing a $1.7 million water project, which was expanded in 2005 to provide service to the new Essex County Public Safety Building and Jail.
Whoever comes in next, my goal would have been to wipe out the water district debt service and operational maintenance expenses with the revenue from the Public Safety Building, said Glebus. I hope whoever succeeds me would continue to do that.
Glebus said securing the old Lewis school for the town was another major accomplishment. The town bought the building for $1 from the county, and turned it into space for the town courts and ACAP Headstart, and also leases room to H & R Block.
Glebus also cited cosmetic improvements to the town, such as new welcome signs, as helping foster community identity. The town hall has also been renovated during Glebus' time in office.
When you look around, there's been a lot of improvement, enhancing the town's beauty, said Glebus.
Glebus said starting the towns Web site was another work he was proud of, along with hosting defensive driver's courses for community residents.
Glebus retired from Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School after teaching business for 30 years.
He is currently chairman of the Essex County IDA, which is a county board appointed position.
I'd like to remain involved in that we've accomplished a great deal down there, said Glebus.
Glebus said the main challenge facing the next Lewis supervisor would be keeping the budget and taxes down.
Republican David Blades, who was narrowly defeated by Glebus in the 2005 town election, is the only candidate on the ballot seeking the supervisor's slot.