New state Assemblyman Dan Stec (right) recites his oath of office, administered by state Supreme Court Justice David Krogmann (left) while Stec’s wife Hilary (center right) watches history in the making on Jan. 1. Stec’s parents, George and Elsie Stec (background), witness the ceremony.
After a formal but emotion-charged event held Tuesday Jan. 1, the lower Adirondacks region now officially has a new representative in state politics.
State Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury), was sworn in Tuesday in a ceremony held in the Warren County courthouse.
About 120 people from across the four-county region that Stec now represents attended the event.
State Supreme Court Justice David Krogmann conducted the ceremony. As the judge administered the oath of office, he voiced a patriotic theme.
“Due to our democracy, we have the privilege to watch and participate in a smooth transition of power in a humble and quiet way,” he said. “...With no shouting, no gunfire.”
Stec’s son Peter led the Pledge of Allegiance, voicing it without hesitation. Stec’s wife Hilary, his parents George and Elsie Stec stood beside him as he was sworn in — a ceremony that was concluded with lengthy applause.
In a casual speech that followed, Stec said he’d dedicate his days to working diligently on behalf of his constituents.
“You have my solemn oath that I will work hard, I will be honest, I will be plain speaking, and I will do the best that I can for all of the state of New York,” he said. “We’re facing difficult times, and we need to make sure we all work together on important issues — and if they’re not important, we must set them aside.”
Stec continued that he was going to concentrate on advocating decisions that yield positive results for local citizens.
“We’re going to roll up our sleeves and get this state moving down a better path,” he said.
Stec said he was “floored” by the turnout of friends, family and community leaders throughout his 114th Assembly District, which includes all of Warren and Essex counties and portions of Saratoga and Washington counties.
Among the community leaders in the audience was Glens Falls Economic Development Director Ed Bartholomew, who’s known Stec for decades. He said that Stec would serve the citizens of the lower Adirondacks quite well.
“Dan will fight unnecessary regulations and mandates, he’ll strike a balance between urban and rural concerns, and he’ll be able to develop a consensus on issues due to his leadership abilities — and this is particularly important when he’s dealing with interests all over the state,” Bartholomew said. “He will be a great advocate for the region.”
Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting offered similar thoughts.
“I’m impressed with Dan Stec’s dedication and commitment,” he said. “He knows the area, the people, and what we need in the Adirondacks — he’ll represent us tremendously.”
Pondering his new position, Stec said he had not imagined 20 years ago that he’d be a state Assemblyman — but when the position opened up 10 years ago, he decided to seek the post. Although he bowed out of the race in 1992 and supported Teresa Sayward at the time, he has since had his sights set on the position.
Stec’s mother, Elsie said that Dan, from an early age, would work hard to accomplish his goals.
“He’s always done what he’s set out to do,” she said, referring not only to his career, but going off to college a year early, or achievements in high school sports — whether it was heaving a shot put for the track team or being an effective team player in football.
Stec’s father, George Stec, said Dan would be effective in his new role.
“Dan understands the word ‘compromise’ in achieving his goals,” he said.
Until Tuesday, Dan Stec served as Queensbury supervisor for nine years. He was a town councilman for four years beforehand.