For more than two decades, Lake Placid businessman Robi Politi has been a fixture in local politics. He was a magistrate before serving as mayor of Lake Placid from 2001 to 2005. Following a short break, he was elected supervisor of the Town of North Elba, which includes the Olympic village. In 2019, Politi, a registered Republican who is known for his independent streak, announced he would not run for reelection and at the end of the year officially retired from politics. He tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that his goal throughout his 25 years in politics has been to serve the residents of the Lake Placid area.
“I’ve always felt that I needed to give back to my community and so I’ve really focused on Lake Placid. I really have never had an interest in any other political venue other than the Olympic village and this particular community because it’s so special.”
Robi Politi is being succeeded as Town of North Elba Supervisor by Republican and Independent Jay Rand, who won a four-way race for the seat in November.