By JIMMY LAWTON
WADDINGTON -- Former Waddington Town Clerk Sandy Wright is challenging Town Supervisor Mark Scott in the Republican primary.
In a written release, Wright said she has worked as town clerk for 17 years with three different supervisors and frequently attends town board meetings.
"I'm hard working, dedicated and retired, and have the time to devote to the job," she said.
Scott was elected to the board in 2008, and says he has accomplished much over the years, including a financial plan he said saves Waddington taxpayers over $100,000 annually through savings on health insurance, pensions, liability insurance, labor costs and more.
"That has enabled the town to maintain a stable tax levy and reduce the tax rate for all three years I've been supervisor and developing the town budget," he said, adding that the town has also maintained a healthy fund balance.
Wright says the town must begin making decisions on the 750 acres of land returned to the town by the New York Power Authority.
"I'm in favor of returning land to the tax rolls, economic development and growth, but I feel strongly that the board must explore all possibilities before making a decision," she said.
Scott too has been focused on the development of the returned NYPA properties. The board was able to sell a lot on the River Road for $90,000 in July of 2011. During his time as supervisor the board also created a community development plan, which gathered ideas from the public about how to address the lands and other aspects of the town’s future.
Currently the board is looking to develop a portion of the lands to create a campground.
Wright said she would like a chance to work for the residents of Waddington.
"If elected, I will work with the village to do what's best for all the residents of this community -- referred to by many as the jewel of St Lawrence County," she said.
Scott said he would like to continue to build on the progress he has made as supervisor.
"My goal of saving money wherever possible and using the savings to maintain a stable tax rate while investing in the future will continue for the next four years," Scott said. "I will also continue to be a supporter of projects that advance recreation, tourism, agriculture, and community and economic development while enhancing Waddington’s small town charm."
Republicans will select a candidate Sept. 10.