ELIZABETHTOWN-While the vote to hire a third public defender eventually took place, supervisors were unable to get any motions off the floor one week before.
Only 11 supervisors were able to attend the March 8 regular county meeting, which had been rescheduled from a day previous due to the massive snowstorm.
Under county rules and regulations, 12 supervisors are required to motion a resolution not scheduled on the agenda to the floor to be voted on, a fact that was brought up when Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava asked to move a resolution supporting the upcoming Sunshine Week for government transparency.
"We need 12," North Elba supervisor Robert Politi said upon asking for the resolution to be moved to the floor. "Do we have 12?"
"We don't have 12 people here," Westport supervisor Dan Connell said.
" I don't think you can get anything on the floor by our rules," county attorney Daniel Manning said.
"Any former supervisors here," joked Politi. "I guess we can't entertain any resolutions from the floor."
On a motion from Scozzafava on whether or not they could amend the rules, county manager Daniel Palmer offered the following suggestions.
"Really the two options we have is you can recess this meeting to another day or you can call a special meeting at another time, that is really the two options that you have at this point for any resolutions from the floor," Palmer said.
The supervisors then moved to recess the meeting until 9 a.m. on March 14.
"We don't need 12 to recess it then, right," asked Scozzafava.
Supervisors Randy Douglas (Jay), Williams Ferebee (Keene) and Kathy Moses (Schroon) were at meetings in Washington, D.C. Excused were Bethany Kosmider (Crown Point), Debra Malaney (Ticonderoga), Joyce Morency (St. Armand) and Randy Preston (Wilmington).