Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty shares a conversation with a local resident during a recent workday at the Emerson Town Hall. Geraghty announced this week that he will be seeking the post of Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors if the current chairman, Dan Stec of Queensbury, is elected in November to replace Teresa Sayward in the state Assembly.
Town of Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty is next in line to become the next top leader of Warren County, and if he indeed attains the post in January as many expect, it which would be the first time in a half-century the town had such political clout.
If Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec is successful in his campaign to succeed Teresa Sayward in the state Assembly, his post of chairman would be open – and Geraghty said this week he will be actively seeking the position. Geraghty now serves as the county Budget Officer.
“I'm absolutely interested in becoming the next chairman of the Warren County board,” Geraghty said. To date, it has been traditional for the county budget officer to move up into the role as chairman.
Geraghty said that although the selection of board chairman – a choice of the Republican majority of county supervisors – normally occurs in December, he is announcing his candidacy now to stake his claim on the job.
“I wanted to get my name out first,” Geraghty said. “I've paid my dues in Warren County.”
As of this week, Stec is the leading candidate to replace Teresa Sayward, who is retiring from the state Assembly as of Dec. 31.
Stec has received the endorsements of the Republican parties of Essex, Warren and Saratoga counties — three of the four counties in Sayward’s Assembly district. The G.O.P. party committee of Washington County, the fourth county, is expected to vote on their choice Thursday March 29.
Stec’s also been awarded the nod from a variety of minority political organizations. His opponents have garnered a few such minor endorsements.
Geraghty said March 27 his years of experience in municipal government and finance has prepared him well to lead Warren County.
Geraghty was chosen by fellow county supervisors to assume the duties of county Budget Officer in 2006, and he’s served in the position since.
He was in charge of the county’s financial budgeting through the nation's economic crash — and the ensuing fallout of fiscal distress which has plagued government entities as they grapple with falling revenues.
Geraghty has been credited, along with other county leaders, for slashing county expenses and downsizing the size of government in response to the U.S. economy’s problems.
Observers have noted that Geraghty and other Warren County leaders were ahead of many other municipalities and school districts at curbing expenditures.
Geraghty said that if Stec is elected to Assembly and Geraghty is indeed chosen to lead the county, he would continue his fiscally conservative approach.
“Like past county board chairmen Dan Stec and Fred Monroe, I would strive to continue moving the county ahead,” Geraghty said, noting that his management and financial skills would be well-employed in the top policy-making post.
Geraghty has served as Warrensburg Town Supervisor since Jan. 1 2007. He served as town counilman between 1980 and 1994.
Also, For 32 years he worked at International Paper manufacturing plant in Corinth, achieving the position as production, scheduling and distribution manager.
County leaders said this week that as of this week, no other supervisor has yet publicly announced their intent to seek the post of board chairman.
Geraghty said that he’s looking forward to the work, assuming Stec is elected to Assembly and Geraghty’s peers ask him to serve as chairman.
“There are still plenty of challenges ahead to which I can lend my expertise,” he said.