Teresa Sayward addresses members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors April 16.
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward brought the message of the New York State budget to members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors for her final time.
Sayward, the state assemblywoman for the 113th district who will be retiring at the end of the year, spoke at the beginning of the Department of Public Works committee meeting April 16.
She said there has been a lot accomplished over the past year and in the new state budget, including moves to consolidate services and trim excess equipment.
"All these things might seem like little things but over time when you combine these agencies and sell the surplus it really saves and it is something that governments need to do," Sayward said.
The assemblywoman also added that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was given a fund to help out communities, including the use of monies to pay for the local share of recovery for Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.
"He is making sure that our counties and communities were made whole as far as the flooding went and the state is going to pick up that local share," Sayward said. "If the communities want the assessors to go out and re-evaluate the properties so owners can see tax relief on their properties, we would hope that the governor would put some money towards making those communities whole and ease the expected drop in assessments."
Sayward also touched on a potential grant program to encourage schools to look at green energy, using the wood chip boiler at AuSable Valley Central School as an example.
"We are looking at a grant program for other schools in the Adirondacks to convert to biofuels, like the wood chip boiler in AuSable Valley which is saving them in heating costs," she said.
Sayward also talked about her time in office as both a member of the county board (representing Willsboro) and as assemblywoman.
"It has been a privilege to serve this district and this region and this county," she said. "This board has always had a special place in my heart. I will be working as hard as I can right up until the end of December. I look forward to helping you for the rest of the year. Every single one of you has done something for me and I thank you for that."
Sayward added that she would continue to help the region in any way possible.
"We have done some great work together and there is more that can be done," she said. "I am not going away. I am looking for an opportunity to help the people here in the Adirondacks. We all have to work together to make this thing happen."