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Mayor Akins recalled by county leaders as optimistic visionary

QUEENSBURY Supervisors of northern Warren County expressed their surprise and sorrow Monday over the untimely death of Glens Falls Mayor Roy Akins. Mayor since Jan. 2006, Roy Akins died Sunday morning after being treated for brain cancer for more than a year. Gathered for meetings at the county Municipal Center in Queensbury, the supervisors expressed condolences to Akins family and reflected on the character of the man renowned for his ever-present optimism and tireless advocacy for Glens Falls and its future. Roy Akins really cared about the residents of Glens Falls, county Board of Supervisors Chairman Fred Monroe said. And the county leaders are mourning along with people of the city. Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said Akins enthusiasm for Glens Falls had spurred the substantial revitalization of the city that was now taking place and that everyone would miss him. Roy Akins was one of the nicest guys youd ever want to meet, he said. He was very sincere in his feelings about the future of Glens Falls. Lake George Supervisor Lou Tessier said he was shocked over Akins death and he had many fond memories of the man. Tessier recalled how Akins had run the county Tourism Dept. before he pursued a career in tourism promotion for the state. In that post, Tessier had recalled, Akins had helped develop the I Love NY campaign, considered one of the most successful promotions ever of its type. Roy was such an active person he was a young man doing a great job, and he had so much going for him, Tessier said.He had such a progressive attitude, and the city moved forward a long way the last two years under his leadership due to his vision, his positive attitude, and his great contacts. Thurman Supervisor John Haskell said Akins positive attitude had fostered a new unity among political entities in the region. Roy Akins brought the city and the county together while he was in office it was a relationship we all needed. Monday, a public wake was scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Hall in the Glens Falls Civic Center, and city officials were preparing to host a large crowd from across the county. Akins funeral, open to friends and family, was to be celebrated Thursday at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in Glens Falls, with burial following at St. Alphonsus Cemetery on Luzerne Rd. in Queensbury. The family has suggested contributions in memory of Akins be made to the Glens Falls Area Youth Center, The Open Door, Voices of the Heart, Warren-Washington Counties Special Olympics, or High Peaks Hospice.

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