LAKE GEORGE - For more than a quarter century, Lou Tessier has listened to countless monthly reports on the condition of the town dump, and 300 or so routine tallies of how many street lights are burned out in town.
Tessier's heard thousands of complaints concerning water, sewer, highway and development problems - which he's sought to fix - and he's attempted to quell occasional squabbles between neighbors or town employees.
Over his 26 years as town supervisor, he's listened to one rant after another, some with merit, others baseless.
But as of Dec. 31, Tessier will be free of the routine disputes and problems routinely fielded by town officials, as he is retiring and Frank McCoy is taking over the helm.
Tuesday, Tessier presided over his last town board meeting, and a capacity crowd gathered to pay tribute to his quarter-century-plus of service.
They heard Tessier, for the last time, lead the board in the Pledge of Allegiance - in his trademark Queens-bred twang.
The town meeting agenda, devoid of "New Business" or "Old Business" entries, was devoted primarily to testimonials to Tessier.
Each of nearly a dozen presenters - politicians, citizens and friends - praised Tessier for his service and character.
Headlining the lineup was state Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, who read a proclamation in Tessier's honor.
"If something needs to get done, regardless of how complex the issue may be, Lou always finds a way to get the job accomplished," she said.
Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Fred Monroe, who worked with him on the county board for 18 years and knew him for years before that, praised Tessier for his traits and work ethic.
"Lou's a straight-shooter," Monroe said, cracking a rare smile. "He's honest and always concerned with county employees and the services we provide for citizens."