SARANAC - There's a new supervisor in town.
James E. Facteau was sworn into office during an organizational meeting of the Saranac Town Council Jan. 4.
Following the meeting, Facteau remarked he's settling into the new position well thanks to the cooperation of the council and Joe Gerardi, the town's immediate past supervisor.
"Joe's been great. He's helped make the transition really smooth," said Facteau.
Facteau owns and operates Facteau Excavation in Cadyville. He retired from his position as a correction officer for the New York State Department of Correctional Services in 2003, a career which he served 25 years. He comes to the council with no prior government experience, though said he was motivated to run for Gerardi's position after he learned Gerardi was not seeking re-election.
"I want to do what I can to keep the tax rate down as humanly possible," said Facteau.
"It's been an eye-opening experience but I'm learning a lot," he added.
Because he is still new to town government, Facteau said he's still examining what issues will be his main concern in the new year. The potential reclassification by the Adirondack Park Agency of the Sable Highlands - a 17,190-acre parcel owned by the state within the town - is among one of the issues that will require close attention, he said.
A public hearing has been scheduled by the APA for Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Saranac Town Hall, which Facteau said he strongly urges residents to attend.