New Scotland Supervisor Ed Clark has been in public service since he first became mayor of Voorheesville more than 20 years ago, and now he said it is time to step down and retire to pursue other interests.
In his six years serving as town supervisor, Clark won handily in three elections. He said in the 17 years he served as mayor of Voorheesville, he had an opponent once.
Other than that, it was an easy win, he said.
Clark attributes his victories to one thing " having the pulse of the people.
He said every time he ran, he went from door to door to ask voters what they wanted and what their concerns were, at one time actually handing out a survey.
"I wanted to preserve the rural character and atmosphere of the community and keep it much the same," Clark said. "I believe that is what the people in the community want."
He said he has fought against growing pressure for development in order to prevent urban sprawl.
Clark said the second major public issue is water. Approximately half of New Scotland has public water, the other half doesn't.
"Many do not have adequate water but because they are dispersed so widely it is extremely difficult to bring water to them if you had it," Clark said.
"Our best sources of water are in the village of Voorheesville, the town of Bethlehem and various reservoirs. But you cannot reach the people who need water," he said.
Former Bethlehem Supervisor Terri Egan said that Clark showed grace when dealing with neighboring issues.
"Ed was always open to discussions that would benefit both communities," Egan said. "He always followed through to benefit both communities."
Both Bethlehem and New Scotland often worked on common water and sewer issues together. In particular, Vista Tech Park, currently being constructed, lies in both towns.