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Denesha running against St. Lawrence County legislator Morrill


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 borrow millions of dollars annually 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 the repeal of the gun-control measure but 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 said he 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.”

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