Dan Lewza believes in term limits, so much so that he’s imposing them on his own service to the town of Milton.
“I believe every elected official should do that,” said Lewza, who is town supervisor. “I do believe that’s something that this country was founded on, and I firmly believe it. I’m trying to practice what I preach.”
Lewza, a Republican, said Monday he won’t seek re-election to a fourth two-year term in the fall, also citing a desire to spend more time with his two children, who are in middle and high school. He said he plans to serve out the rest of his term, which runs through the end of the year.
“When I first was elected, I talked to my wife about this, and we decided it will be either three or four terms,” said Lewza, who was first elected in 2011 and ran unopposed three times. “With my kids getting older, I’m looking at different avenues that are best for them.”
Lewza pointed to the completion of the $1.7 million Town Center project and Suzanne’s Playground, an inclusive playground for children of all abilities dedicated in Milton resident Suzanne Lyall’s memory, as accomplishments he was proud to play a leadership role in. He said he was also pleased that the town’s budget reserves have increased, from $100,000 when he took over in 2012 to about $2.4 million today, “without raising a dime in taxes.”
“I’m pretty happy with my record, and I think I served the people of Milton well,” he said.
Lewza said his decision to not seek re-election had nothing to do with recent disagreements with other Town Board members. He stood by his decision to leave the search for a new Town Board member to the town Republican Committee, disregarding the board’s 3-2 vote in February to have the town advertise the position in a non-partisan manner. Ultimately, the board voted 4-0 on March 1 to appoint the committee’s recommendation, Ballston Spa police officer Scott Ostrander, to replace Bruce Couture, who resigned Feb. 15 to seek election to the Ballston Spa Village Board.
“My decision was made up probably in early January that I wasn’t going to run again,” Lewza said. “I’ve had enough of it, I’ve done what I wanted to do, and I’m moving on. It has nothing to do with whether someone disagrees with me.”
The Milton Republican Committee plans to meet soon to endorse a candidate for town supervisor. Anna Stanko, the town GOP chairwoman, said that meeting date would be determined at Monday night’s meeting. The Town Board currently consists of five Republicans.
“It’s always good to have fresh ideas coming in, and that’s the way you keep things fresh, and the way you can actually move the town forward,” Lewza said.