Monroe praised Tessier for his knowledge of the trash plant operations and finances - and for his long hours of work advising Monroe and other county officials in renegotiating trash burn plant contracts that drained many millions of dollars out of taxpayers' pockets since the early 1990s. Tessier, of course, was one of the supervisors who voted for the original contract that created the ongoing financial hardship that many have blamed on state policies of the 1980s.
"Lou has a wealth of knowledge about issues facing our county, and particularly, he helped immensely in figuring out how to get out of those trash plant contracts," Monroe continued. "He's a truly devoted professional."
Caryl Clark read a proclamation from Gov. David Paterson which said the operations of the town government were improved substantially during his "long and productive" tenure.
"You have made many vital contributions to the quality of life in Lake George," Paterson's certificate read.
Supervisor-elect Frank McCoy also read tributes, one from Lake George Mayor Robert Blais, who praised the inter-municipal cooperation between the two entities, and another from U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy.
Scott Wood read a certificate from state Sen. Betty Little.
"You have helped strengthen and shape the character of Lake George," her tribute said, citing his "faithful and conscientious" service.
Deputy Supervisor Vinnie Crocitto praised Tessier for his community work, noting his service through the local fire company, emergency squad, zoning board of appeals and the Republican party, as well as a town official.
"Lou approached everything he did with compassion, care, enthusiasm, thoroughness and generosity," he said.
Tessier was devoted to keeping taxes and expenses low while upgrading the town's services and facilities, he said.
"Lou went above and beyond what was required," Crocitto added. "And he aided other citizens without expectation of reward or recognition."