MALTA: Lange to step down

Another resignation he said he intends to tender will be to the Malta Republican Committee, on which he serves as one of 24 elected committee members with voting privileges. Lange has been a member of the committee for more than 30 years and has served as a past vice-chairman for the organization.

"The Republican Committee has been good to me," said Lange. "This little hiccup is good for the Republican party and for the town."

The "hiccup" Lange alluded to is the recent weighted vote by the committee members that resulted in challenger Tara Thomas garnering more votes than either Lange or the other incumbent seeking endorsement, Donna Gizzi, who came in a close second.

"They did what they thought was best," said Lange adding, "They should be required to vote for two or get off the committee. It is not fair to the district they represent."

Both Gizzi and Lange have expressed their disappointment in a number of committee members who opted to only cast a single vote despite there being two board seats to be filled. Had those committee members, believed to be about eight, voted for an additional candidate the numbers would have been drastically different, said Lange. In fact, Lange said, had he done the same thing and only cast a vote for himself, it would have given him the most number of votes, thereby guaranteeing the committee's endorsement.

"I feel this is the right thing," he said of retiring. "A big load is off my shoulders."

During his press conference Lange reflected on his years in office and the impact he has had on the town.

"I have tried to create the Malta we can all be proud of. I have been committed over the years to building on our youth, parks and recreation programs," he said. "The emergency services and emergency preparedness have been priorities."

Lange referred to his work with the budgets, commented on his fostering of a strong working relationship with Mayor Dixie Lee Sacks of the village of Round Lake, and the reorganization of town government. During his time on the board he said, "We have created new positions, such as a town planner, comptroller, director of parks and recreation and a full time historian in order to provide more efficiency and effectiveness in improving the quality of life in our community." ""

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