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Cathy Moses takes the reins of Essex County

ELIZABETHTOWN Surrounded by her friends and family, Supervisor Cathy Moses (R - Schroon) took the oath to lead Essex County for the next year. At the organizational meeting on Jan. 7, the Essex County Board of Supervisors entertained no quarrels, just formality. Moses announced that her top priority in 2008 will be holding the line on taxes. The biggest challenge is one of controlling taxes - the one to me which is the most important to us as supervisors as well as to all of our constituents, said Moses. Supervisor Joyce Morency of St. Armand oversaw the organizational proceedings at temporary chair. Moses was elected chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors unanimously. The nomination was made by Supervisor Ronald Jackson (R- Essex), and seconded by Supervisor Dale French (R - Crown Point). Moses was elected for a one-year term for 2008. Tradition dictates the board chair serves for two years. Moses has spent the last eight years on the board, with serving as vice chairman for 2006-2007. During Moses' address to the board, she thanked past board chairman Noel Merrihew (R - Elizabethtown) for his work, especially overseeing the completion of the Essex County Public Safety Facility, before listing her priorities for her term. Even though our jail project is complete, we still have many challenges ahead. We must now concentrate on issues with the Horace Nye Nursing Home, (and) with the new radio system, which is so important to the safety of the entire county. We have many other important issues such as the quarter percent sales tax being considered, two bicentennials (Keene and Moriah) and a quadricentennial (Champlain 2009) coming up, a possible new records retention center, to say nothing of items like putting a county plan in place, along with road and bridge issues, just to mention a few, said Moses. Moses said shes asked the county department heads to put together an overview of their department and the concerns facing each so a briefing book can be prepared for new and seasoned supervisors. Taking the oaths of office were newly-elected supervisors Robert Politi of North Elba, Lori Lincoln-Spooner of Willsboro, David Blades of Lewis and Randy Preston of Wilmington. Jackson was put forth as vice chairman by Merrihew, and seconded by Supervisor William Ferebee (R - Keene). He was unanimously elected to the position.

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