Jay Supervisor Randall Douglas, here being sworn in as the Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, has decided not to run for the New York State Assembly 113th District.
In a day that saw four new members take their positions on the Essex County Board of Supervisors, the highlight was the return of one supervisor to the role of chairman.
For the first time since 1985, the board opted to appoint the same chairman to a third term during its Jan. 3 organizational meeting, with Randall “Randy” Douglas remaining in the post and Robert “Roby” Politi continuing on as vice chair.
“Over the past two years, he has led this county with a bi-partisan attitude,” Newcomb Supervisor George Canon said in nominating Douglas to the position. “He has allowed every member of this board to make their views known on each topic.”
“This board could not make a more worthy selection,” Keene Supervisor William “Bill” Ferreby added in seconding the nomination.
Both supervisors also talked about the struggles the county faced in the past year while Douglas had been chair, from working with decreased state aid, a tax cap and natural disaster.
“I know of no other term where the chairman has faced as much difficulty as he has,” Canon said.
“Randy has held the position in most difficult times,” Ferebee added. “I worked shoulder to shoulder with him during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene and witnessed the passion that he brings to everything that he does.”
After being sworn in, Douglas thanked the board for their support.
“It is truly an honor to once again be sworn in as the chairman of this board,” Douglas said. “I am truly honored to serve with each and every one of you.”
Douglas said he felt the county made in-roads with Albany and Washington over the past two years, and said the concerns of the North Country were being looked at because of that. He also thanked his family as well as the employees and members of the town of Jay government.
“They have each given their all for the enhancement of Jay,” he said.
Douglas also spoke about the challenges of the last year and the year to come.
“Serving as chair in 2011 has been the most challenging time of my life since my father died,” Douglas said. “We in the North Country are resilient and we will come through these events stronger and more together than ever.”
“It saddens me that some of our decisions have a negative impact on people’s lives,” Douglas continued. “As we go forward, it is not going to get any easier, and we have some more big decisions with the future of the Horace Nye Nursing Home, the fish hatchery, and the negotiations with CSEA.”
Douglas said his goal is to help move the county forward in the next year.
“I will do all in my power to strive to make Essex County better.”
Earlier in the meeting, four new supervisors were sworn in as members of the board, including Elizabethtown’s Margaret “Maggie” Bartley; Crown Point’s Charles Harrington; North Hudson’s Ronald Moore; and Schroon’s Michael Marnell.
Douglas said committee assignments would be made by the end of the week.