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Denesha running against St. Lawrence County legislator Morrill

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DEKALB JUNCTION — Republican Larry D. Denesha, a former DeKalb town supervisor, is the first candidate to announce he is running against an incumbent St. Lawrence County legislator.

He plans to run against Frederick S. Morrill, D-DeKalb Junction.

Mr. Denesha said he wants to serve on the Legislature for the same reason as when he ran for supervisor.

“I wasn’t satisfied with the way things were being handled and thought I could do a better job,” he said.

Mr. Denesha opted not to seek re-election to the supervisor post last year so he could focus on the legislative campaign. He has started coming to county legislative meetings, and plans to go to as many meetings as possible of the town boards that make up District 6. He will retire as clerk of the works at Clarkson University at the end of December, so would have the time to be a legislator.

Mr. Denesha said he is bothered by the Legislature’s decision to spend down what had been a $20 million-plus surplus and now has to annually borrow millions of dollars to meet cash flow demands.

“You need to spend money the same way you would spend your own,” he said.

As a two-term supervisor, Mr. Denesha said DeKalb had four budgets under the state’s 2 percent tax cap and grew its fund balance.

“It can be done,” he said.

Mr. Denesha said he was also troubled by a lack of bipartisanship on the board.

“One of the things I don’t see is them challenging the state,” he said.

Legislators should be pushing their elected representatives in Albany more to reform unfunded mandates and bad legislation, Mr. Denesha said.

“That may be happening, but I don’t believe it is,” he said.

He was also unhappy with the county board’s response to the New York SAFE Act. The board first refused to call for its repeal but has recently passed a resolution that opposes the use of the county seal on SAFE Act paperwork and which includes a request for repeal, but Mr. Denesha believes that was included for political reasons during this election year.

“They can see the handwriting on the wall, and I think that stinks,” he said. “Stand up and be counted.”



For a glance box:

Name: Larry D. Denesha

Age: 64

Education: 1967 graduate of Hermon-DeKalb Central School

Employment History: Newton Falls Paper Mill, seven years; Alcoa, 32 years, Clarkson University, five years.

Party Affiliation: Republican

Political History: DeKalb town councilman, one term. DeKalb supervisor, two terms. Past president of the Stillwater Club, Clare.

Family: Wife Susan J. Denesha; children are Broc A., 47; Stacy A., 46, and Clay F., 38.

Address: 2924 County Route 17, DeKalb Junction.

Place of birth: Ogdensburg

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