MALTA: Lange to step down

Just weeks after being denied the endorsement of the Malta Republican Committee, Councilman Cliff Lange has announced his intention to step out of the town's political landscape by taking some time off at the end of his current term. Lange made the announcement Tuesday, May 15, at his home with his wife, Diane, by his side.

I have worked hard to perform my duties in the spirit of commitment and compromise, and now it is time to make the hardest decision towards Malta's future, he said. "It has been my privilege to serve Malta, but now I feel it is time to step aside. I will be taking some time off at the end of my term to devote more of my energies to my family."

Lange, 65, will finish his term on Dec. 31, completing 24 years of consecutive service on the Malta Town Board. Add in his time on the planning board prior to taking office in 1984, and Lange's years of dedication to the town climb to 32.

"This might be it. I don't know," said Lange when asked about returning to politics in the future. He left the door open to returning to town politics and said another run for supervisor is not necessarily out of the question.

"The future will tell where I will go," he said when asked to project his plans. "Right now I need time for myself. My family needs me more than ever."

Lange said he will be making a clean break from the town by resigning from the committees on which he serves. He will continue to be an active member in area civic organizations, including the Malta Sunrise Rotary Club, the Rising Sun Lodge Brotherhood of Masons, the Shriners Organization, the Malta Business and Professional Association, and the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife will continue to sponsor the "1,000 Book Kid" reading program they began at the community center.

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