Changes Ahead for the Essex County Board of Supervisors

ESSEX COUNTY - A couple of Election Day upsets last week could reshape the future of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

The board's deputy chairman - Essex Town Supervisor Ron Jackson - is facing an impending defeat to challenger Sharon Boison when the remaining ballots are counted later this week.

As of Monday, Boison led Jackson 153 to 139, with 50 absentee votes yet to be counted. An independent, Boison is new to the political scene, having never before held public office.

Schroon Lake Supervisor Cathy Moses is currently finishing up her term as Chairwoman of the Board - and the heir-apparent for the leadership of the board - which will be decided by supervisors in January - is now up for grabs.

Observers of Essex County politics have labeled Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava - a Republican - the frontrunner for the chairmanship now that Jackson will likely be absent.

Although there will still be an overwhelming Republican majority in January, the GOP caucus will lose two seats when compared to its current form.

The board will now be composed of 10 Republicans, six Democrats and two Independents, with the Democratic and Independent supervisors seeing their ranks swell by one seat each.

Along with Jackson, Republican Crown Point Supervisor Dale French suffered a surprising 354 to 308 loss to Democrat Bethany Kosmider.

Minerva stayed in Democratic hands as county Democratic Committee Chairwoman Sue Montgomery Corey outlasted Republican challenger Dave LaBar.

In an interesting twist, outgoing Democratic Supervisor Mike McSweeney had endorsed the Republican LaBar over Corey.

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