Mountain Lake Services names director

PORT HENRY - A Moriah man has been named executive director of Mountain Lake Services.

Martin J. Nephew will lead the Port Henry-based agency. Mountain Lake Services is a not-for-profit organization serving more than 500 people with developmental disabilities and their families in Essex County.

Nephew replaces Dipanker "Dipu" Basu, who resigned Sept. 23 after being placed on administrative leave in August.

Nephew has been the agency's chief financial officer since 2006. He joined Mountain Lake Services in 1992 as an accounting manager and has held several positions of increased responsibility throughout his tenure.

Nephew has also worked as an accounting manager at NYCO Minerals Inc. and received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

"The mission of Mountain Lake Services is to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities, their families, and our communities," reads a statement issued by the Mountain Lake board of directors. "With the support of the agency's employees and experienced executive management team, Mr. Nephew will continue Mountain Lake Services' tradition and commitment to providing the highest quality services for people with developmental disabilities in Essex County."

Mountain Lake Services officials have remained mum about the reasons for Basu's departure.

Basu became executive director in 2001, after the death of founder Chuck Hayes. Basu had been associate director.

His annual salary as executive director was listed as $186,000 in public filings with the IRS. Basu's compensation, with benefits, is listed at $211,000.

Also placed on administrative leave in August was Mary Savage, the northern regional director for Mountain Lake Services.

The agency is one of the county's leading employers with about 600 workers. It has an annual budget of about $35 million, most of it from state and federal sources.

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