MASSENA - With four of the five seats on the town council up for grabs this year, Democrats from Massena will caucus on Monday evening to determine who will represent them on the ballot this fall.
Seats up for grabs include the town supervisors position, as well as three town council seats.
Republican incumbent Joseph D. Gray has already earned his partys nomination to run for supervisor. The Republicans did not nominate anyone for the three other town board seats.
Massena Democratic Committee Chair Courtney Deshaies said she is expecting incumbent Albert N. Nicola to run for re-election. Shes also expecting Thomas C. Miller, who was appointed to the board last month, to seek his first full term on the board.
Mr. Miller was appointed to the board to fill the vacancy created earlier this year by the resignation of Robert Cunningham.
When asked if the boards other incumbent, Charles A. Chuck Raiti was planning to run again, Ms. Deshaies declined comment.
Mr. Raiti, who has not returned multiple messages seeking comment, has reportedly indicated he does not plan to seek re-election to the seat he has for four terms dating back to 1997.
Ms. Deshaies also declined to comment when asked whether Democrats would be nominating someone to challenge Mr. Gray for his supervisors post.
Youll have to show up on Monday to see what happens, she said.
She also declined to comment on reports that opponents of Massena Memorial Hospital moving from a municipal hospital to a private, not-for-profit facilities were looking for candidates to run for the town board that would be supportive of their position.
Ms. Deshaies said those are simply rumors. Im sure there are all kinds of rumors going around, but until a rumor becomes a fact, it is just that, a rumor, she said, noting that no hospital employees showed up at the Republican caucus held earlier this month.
Democrats will hold their caucus at 6 p.m. Monday at the community center on Beech Street.