Warren County supervisors take their oath of office at the county Board of Supervisors’ annual reorganizational meeting held Jan. 3. A variety of leadership positions were shuffled due to five new supervisors joining the board, replacing some veteran lawmakers who had held key policy-making positions.
There will be new faces on several regional agency boards for 2014, following the appointments made Jan. 3 by the Warren County Board of Supervisors at their reorganizational meeting.
New Horicon Supervisor Matt Simpson was appointed to represent Warren County on the state’s Region 5 Open Space Conservation Advisory Committee, replacing Ralph Bentley, who retired Dec. 31.
Simpson was also appointed to represent the county on the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, for which Town of Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe has served as Executive Director for years. Bentley’s post on the Warren County Criminal Justice Advisory Board was assigned to Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson.
Other county supervisors were appointed as follows: Evelyn Wood of Thurman, Ron Conover of Bolton and Kevin Geraghty of Warrensburg were appointed to the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board.
Geraghty and Stony Creek Supervisor Frank Thomas were appointed to the Adirondack-Glens Falls Transportation Council’s Policy Committee, with Thomas specifically representing the rural areas of the county. Thomas was also named to the Warren County Traffic Safety Board, to replace Bentley. Thomas was also appointed to the Warren County Youth Board.
Conover, Monroe and Glens Falls Ward 3 Supervisor Bud Taylor were appointed to the Warren County Labor-Management Committee.
Named to represent Warren County on the Intercounty Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks were Dickinson, Wood, Thomas, Hague Supervisor Edna Frasier, and incoming Queensbury Supervisor-at-large Rachel Seeber.
With five new people now serving on the county Board of Supervisors, some county committee assignments have shifted. Most of the committee chairmanships — positions which wield a fair amount of power over policy and decision-making — are due to remain the same, or shift to seasoned supervisors rather than those newly elected, according to board tradition. The new assignments were announced Jan. 3 by Geraghty.
Replacing Bentley as chair of the Criminal Justice Committee is Dennis Dickinson. Taking on his chairmanship of the Public Works Committee is Lake Luzerne Supervisor Gene Merlino.
Taking over Bill Loeb’s leadership of the Social Services Committee is Queensbury at-large Supervisor Mark Westcott. Replacing Dave Strainer on the Community College Committee is Peter McDevitt. Taking on the leadership of the Human Services Committee is Dan Girard.
Joan Sady reappointed as Clerk of Board
Joan Sady, Clerk of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, was unanimously re-appointed to her position Jan. 3 at the county’s annual reoganizational meeting.
The position requires such a vote every two years, and Sady is now entering her fifth term.
The position not only involves recording the proceedings of the board but accomplishing a wide variety of administrative duties for the county’s legislative body, including work for the county Administrator and the county’s Board of Supervisors chairman.
After her reappointment, Sady deferred credit to her staff: Deputy Board Clerk Amanda Allen, as well as Charlene DiResta, Sarah McLenithan and Samantha Hogan. She also introduced her brother-in-law Brian Engle and his daughter Bryana to those attending the ceremonious meeting.
“I am forturnate to have a very competent and dedicated staff,” Sady said.