Schroon will have a new supervisor in 2012.
Cathy Moses has decided not to seek re-election to the post, having served 12 years as the town’s top official.
“I really need family time,” Moses said. “When there is something they (family members) want to do, I want to be there with them.”
Moses has been in the supervisor’s office more than 25 years. She worked as clerk to Supervisor John Kelly for 13 1/2 years. When he stepped down, Moses was elected supervisor. She’s held the office 12 years.
“I’m so honored to have had the opportunity to work at our town hall,” Moses said. “People have been wonderful. I’m very grateful for my 25 1/2 years here.”
Hoping to succeed Moses are Michael Marnell, Meg Wood and Dennis Christian. All are seeking the Republican Party nomination in the Sept. 13 primary. Each has also filed to run as an independent and will be on the November general election ballot.
Marnell has served as Schroon highway superintendent and on the town board. Wood, an assistant to Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, is a town board member. Christian is a local businessman.
“Schroon is fortunate to have very good candidates for supervisor,” Moses said. “I know when I walk out the door I’ll be turning the town over to a very competent person.”
Moses is proud of her tenure as supervisor. While remaining fiscally conservative, the community has completely rebuilt its infrastructure under her watch. It has new water and sewer systems, a new highway garage and a new boat launch. Roads have been rebuilt, parks refurbished and the airport updated.
“The town is in good shape for years to come,” Moses said. “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished. We were fortunate to get that work done before the (national) economy turned bad. Almost everything was done with grant money.
“The town isn’t even the same place it was 12 years ago. We have new sidewalks, streetlights and park benches downtown; the town looks great,” she said. “We always need something to attract tourists and we need to keep a pride in the community for local residents.”
Moses is quick to point out the town board and citizens of Schroon deserve the credit for the successes of her tenure.
“You can’t do anything without the support of the board and community,” Moses said. “Our state legislators have been very generous over the years in securing grants. We’ve had a lot of help.
“It’s been a wonderful, cooperative effort,” she added. “We’ve had a few disagreements along the way, that’s a healthy thing, but I’m proud of the cooperative effort.”
Roger Friedman, town councilman and deputy supervisor, said Moses deserves most of the credit for the work done during her tenure.
“When Cathy came on board we were beginning the new municipal water system,” Friedman said. “Since that time the following is a short list of what his been done under her administration — a Schroon Lake Association partnership with the town to preserve the lake; a new wastewater treatment plant and much work on the collection system with $4 million in grant money; airport upgrades; a new ski tow; new sidewalks; a new highway garage; creation of the beautification committee; establishing the revolving loan fund; the development of the tourism destination blueprint; the Schroon watershed master plan; and t purchase of old firehouse for new town library.”
He went on to list many improvements and additions to the town park.
“For me Cathy has been a friend for many, many years, from way back during our days at Schroon Lake Central,” Friedman said. “Cathy has many outstanding qualities —most of all she is honest and fair. While being supervisor of a town is a political function, Cathy is not a politician and has never suffered from an over inflated ego. Cathy has her beliefs and convictions, but she has never been reluctant to listen and learn. Cathy, while not a dynamic leader, has a natural sense to go towards what is correct for the town. She is a team player and really doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.”
Moses has also experienced success on the county level. She was elected chairwoman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors in 2008 and 2009. Under her leadership the county jail was completed and she led efforts to assist those affected by the Champlain Bridge closure in 2009.
While Moses will no longer be supervisor, she plans on remaining active in the community.
“There are a few very worthwhile organizations in town that I’ve always wished I could give a little more time to,” she said. “I want to get more involved with them and volunteer for more community projects. I’m not the kind of person to sit around and watch TV. I’ll stay busy.”
Moses was born in Tahawus and moved to North Hudson at age 13. She is a graduate of Schroon Lake Central School.
Besides the supervisor primary, Schroon will hold GOP primaries for town board and highway superintendent.
Incumbents Don Sage and Clara Phibbs and Bruce Caza are seeking two nominations for town board.
Dale Pecor is challenging incumbent Dana Shaughnessy for highway superintendent.
In Crown Point there is a Republican primary to select two nominees for town board.
Incumbents Charles Mazurowski and Yvonne Dushane are running along with Tara Peters and Sherlene Simpson-Barrows.