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Randy Douglas, supervisor of Jay, said the resolution was being introduced prematurely and should instead be brought up at the next meeting of the Personnel Committee, which he chairs.

"I don't think it should be decided today," said Douglas, saying he had been working with County Manager Daniel Palmer and County Attorney Dan Manning to analyze the county's policy.

"Why couldn't this have been shared with colleagues?" Douglas asked, criticizing Scozzafava for introducing the resolution without warning.

Douglas moved to table the resolution, but the motion did not garner enough support to pass. Supervisors Michael McSweeney (D-Minerva), George Canon (R-Newcomb), Roby Politi (R-North Elba), Robert Dobie (D-North Hudson), Lori Lincoln-Spooner (R-Willsboro), and Randy Preston (I-Wilmington) all voted in

favor of tabling.

County Manager Daniel Palmer explained how the benefits included in renegotiated CSEA contracts are traditionally adopted into the policy manual and apply to elected officials. The last revisions were made in 2005, and recent changes in the contract are in the process of being written into the manual.

"The intent was to make it equal for everyone," Palmer said.

Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew called the resolution unnecessary and redundant, saying it called for the enforcement of a policy that was already in place.

"This is an issue we need to address," Scozzafava countered. "We have a policy that's not being enforced formally across the board."

Merrihew said Morency simply wanted to review the language in the policy manual to see if an exception could be made in her case.

"If it's determined she's not grandfathered in, Ms. Morency will contribute," said Merrihew.

All board members present voted in favor of the resolution with the exception of Canon and Morency, who both abstained.

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