Santabarbara has also been endorsed by the Republican Party as a candidate for the County Legislature in District 4, which covers Rotterdam, Princetown and Duanesburg.
Board member Robert Godlewski asked if Santabarbara would be able to fulfill his duties as chairman of the IDA if he were successful in his bid for the Legislature.
Mertz said it wouldn't be a legal problem because one of the positions is appointed and one is elected. Santabarbara wouldn't be able to hold two elected positions at the same time.
Board members said Brassard was very valuable to the town as chairman of the IDA and cited his work on millions of dollars in economic development projects in the industrial park, such as the Railex distribution center, Price Chopper's large freezer warehouse and FedEx Freight's regional hub.
"He always did, and always will, put the town's best interest at heart," Godlewski said. ""