MASSENA — According to documents filed with the St. Lawrence County Board of Elections, village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier has filed a petition to run for mayor on the Working Families Party line.
Mr. Currier, a registered Democrat, was unavailable for comment Wednesday.
Massena Democratic Party Chairwoman Courtney A. Deshaies said she was aware Mr. Currier had filed the petition, but she said she would prefer to withhold further comment until her party holds its caucus later this summer.
“The Democratic Party has its own process, and I would prefer to wait for the caucus and that process to be complete before commenting,” she said. “We still have not had our caucus, so we do not have an official candidate.”
Ms. Deshaies said it’s not unusual for candidates to appear on more than one party line.
“When a person runs for office they are allowed to run on more than one party line if that’s what they choose,” she said.
Mayor James F. Hidy, a Republican, has already announced his intention to seek re-election. The Republican Party also will be holding a caucus later this summer to select its candidate for mayor. Mr. Hidy said he has not yet decided whether to run on a third-party line.
St. Lawrence County Board of Elections Deputy Republican Commissioner Nicole R. Fountain said candidates interested in filing independent petitions could have begun collecting signatures Tuesday. Those petitions may be filed the week of Aug. 12 to 19.
As for having an opponent, Mr. Hidy said giving people a choice is a good thing.
“I think it’s healthy,” he said. “People should have a choice, especially at the local level, where the rubber hits the pavement.”
Mr. Hidy said he had no problem with Mr. Currier campaigning while being employed by the village. Mr. Currier is expected to retire from his longtime post as the village’s police chief later this year.
“Obviously if he gets elected, he will have to resign,” Mr. Hidy said, adding until that point he has no problem with Mr. Currier continuing to work for the village.
“I don’t have a problem with it,” he said. “I’m not sure if there are any legalities to it, but I don’t have a problem.”
The mayor’s four-year term will begin Dec. 1.