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Massena teacher, DEC retiree battle to be Moira’s next supervisor

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MOIRA - Political newcomer James Begor will go head-to-head with fellow novice Burton Peck IV for a two-year term as Moira’s nex town supervisor on Election Day.

Incumbent Cindy Gale opted not to seek re-election so she could pursue the Franklin County clerk position.

Mr. Begor, a 56-year-old Democrat, is a retired maintenance manager from the Department of Environmental Conservation and currently drives a school bus for Franklin Academy, Malone.

He was also a code enforcement officer in Moira for three years nearly a decade ago.

Mr. Begor is a graduate of Dover Union Free School District in Dover Plains.

Mr. Peck is a 49-year-old Republican who is a business and English teacher at the Massena Central School District.

He also has served in the past as president of the Massena Federation of Teachers.

Mr. Peck has associate degrees in forestry and business from Paul Smith’s College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from SUNY Potsdam, a Master of Studies degree from Vermont Law School, a Master of Science degree in teaching from SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Education degree in education administration from St. Lawrence University.

While Mr. Begor was a maintenance manager for the DEC for 15 years, he worked with an operating budget. Because of this experience, Mr. Begor said he would be able to help manage a town budget.

He said, if elecedt, he would observe and make sure work gets done. He said he will also listen to and address any complaints made by residents.

He said he would also oversee the assessor, Pamela Sloate, “to make sure she does what she’s supposed to do this time around.” Residents had claimed their properties were overassessed in a recent townwide revaluation.

Though he has no specific plans for the town, Mr. Begor said he would address issues as they arise.

Mr. Peck said he running to give back to his community. “I’d like to give some kind of public service,” he said.

Peck, a Moira resident, said he was nominated for the supervisor position by the Moira Republican Committee.

“My ambition is to do my very best job,” he said, adding that he sees himself as a “public servant.”

Mr. Peck said he doesn’t know of any major issues currently facing the town.

“I don’t think we have an issue,” he said. “I think [Supervisor] Cindy [Gale] did a good job at letting the people have a voice and be heard.”

Mr. Peck said he wants to achieve that same goal. “I want people to be heard,” he said.

He also noted that he would like to help keep taxes as low as possible.

“To the best of my ability I’m going to try to achieve cost control wherever I can, without putting services in peril,” he said. “[But] I’m not coming out and promising lower taxes.”

But residents won’t see him holding the seat for long.

Mr. Peck noted that he believes in the “spirit of rotation. “I don’t believe in staying in a position until the day I die,” he said.

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