A Tony Jordan political photo
As Assemblyman Tony Jordan (R-Jackson) looks to trade in his Capitol seat in Albany for the district attorney’s chair in Washington County, this North Creek native says the decision was bittersweet because he would have to leave private practice.
That means resigning as municipal attorney for the village of Whitehall and the town of Johnsburg.
“You can become very close to clients, but there are some that make it very painful to leave, and one would definitely be the town of Johnsburg,” Jordan said. “When you grow up in a small town and then come back and have a chance to represent them and help them through some really great projects, the notion of having to give that up does weigh on any decision you make.”
Jordan — who graduated from the Johnsburg Central School in 1982 — announced recently that he is running for Washington County DA in the fall. He represented the 112th Assembly District for four years, starting in 2009, and that district included all 17 towns in Washington County, plus five in Saratoga and six in Rensselaer. After redistricting, he was bumped to the 113th Assembly District, which only includes eight towns in Washington County and seven in Saratoga.
“The district changed, and when we looked at what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, Wendy and I quickly concluded that this isn’t what we were looking to do,” Jordan said. “We’ll miss the people we met in Saratoga County. It’s been an honor to represent the 112th and now the 113th, but really our love is Washington County.”
Jordan said he will also miss working with the supervisor and Town Board in Johnsburg.
“I’ve worked with some great leaders from the town of Johnsburg, starting with Bill Thomas, Sterling (Goodspeed) and now Ron (Vanselow),” Jordan said. “They’ve all put their own fingerprint on a town that has so much to offer and is doing such great things despite odds really stacked against them. And yet they continue to persevere.”
Some business owners continue to be frustrated in North Creek, as they try to create prosperity in their small Adirondack community, and Jordan understands those feelings.
“But when you compare where North Creek was and the town of Johnsburg was in the early 1980s to where it is today, it’s an amazing transformation,” Jordan said.
Comparing a state Assembly seat in Albany to a county DA’s position, some of Jordan’s colleagues have asked him why he decided to take a demotion. But Jordan — always a small-town boy at heart — doesn’t see this move as a step down. When explaining his decision, he spoke of his mother, who always emphasized the importance of community service. And a mother’s advice is how he ended up working at a private law practice — Jordan & Kelly LLC — in Greenwich. Jordan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1986, worked in Glens Falls in banking and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1995.
“We had our first child, and I was visiting with my mother about the decisions we were trying to make and wanting our kids to know their grandparents in a very real and personal way,” Jordan said. “And my mother said, ‘Well the choice is kind of easy. You need to decide whether you want to make enough money to do the things you like to do or live where you can do the things you like to do.’ And that was really great advice for us, and as a result we chose to live next door to Wendy’s parents in southern Washington County.”
Once Jordan moved, he started a law practice and soon fell in love with Washington County. And being the county DA is a logical career move for him.
“This really was the best way to have a very direct and real impact on the community where I live, where I work, where I raise my family, and really a community we’ve come to love,” Jordan said.