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Stec assumes helm of Warren County

"We'll likely be bringing new economic development opportunities to the area," he said of the proposed venture.

Stec praised outgoing county board chairman Fred Monroe for his diplomacy. He hailed county Administrator Paul Dusek - a Warrensburg native - for his work at reducing the size of government and boosting accountability. Stec also praised Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty for his expense-cutting as county Budget Officer.

The 2010 county budget reflected the lowest increase in 15 years, Stec noted, despite ever-increasing expenses and a decrease in revenues and state reimbursements totalling about $3.25 million for 2010, Stec noted.

In taking his new post, Stec was formally introduced to the board, which gave him a standing ovation, by Queensbury Supervisor-at-large Matt Sokol. He noted Stec's financial conservatism, which included presiding as Queensbury Supervisor for nine years without levying a general fund town property tax.

"Dan will do a tremendous job," Sokol predicted. "He'll continue to save taxpayers' money while maintaining the services the county offers and preserving the quality of life we all enjoy."

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