ELIZABETHTOWN The Essex County board of supervisors welcomed Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward at its regular board meeting on July 2.
Sayward, a former board member, addressed Essex Countys representatives to discuss the recent legislative session in Albany. Sayward represents the 113th District, which includes almost all of Essex County.
Its always nice to come home, especially with the legislative session we had this year, said Sayward.
Sayward recapped the session, explaining the change in administrations had made getting business done difficult, since there was a learning curve. She believed that when Governor Eliot Spitzers administration settled in, things would function more smoothly.
She was particularly critical of the budget process, saying that she voted against the state budget because it landed on her desk less than four hours before the vote. That, she said, made it difficult to know what was included.
According to Sayward, one of the high points of the session was a workers compensation reform bill that would decrease employers costs while offering more benefits.
Sayward expressed frustration in regards to property tax reform. She said that the governments extension of the STAR Program wasnt addressing the real problem. A proposal to form a blue ribbon committee didnt make it through the legislature.
Sayward, as ranking member of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee, was in the thick of things working on Adirondack issues. Sayward saw signs that things werent heading in a positive way for the Adirondack Park.
Its been a relatively good year because we didnt do anything that will go to change things in the Adirondacks but wait, said Sayward.
Sayward said part of the Adirondacks strength was the united representation provided by herself, Senator Elizabeth Little and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey. She said that Albany officials have dubbed them the Adirondack Trifecta.
Board shoots down jail personnel meals
In other business, the board unanimously voted down a proposal to offer meals to staff. A proposal to create a meal system plan was defeated after local business owners voiced their discontent with the plan.
Lewis Supervisor Anthony Glebus joined other members of the board, stating that it was important to support local businesses.