Governor outlines plan for New York. Local supervisors optimistic

"We've known this was coming and have been planning all year," she continued. "Ti has already laid out initial groundwork for better efficiency with 0 percent increases to wage bases; reducing the workforce by attrition, offering the New York State early retirement initiative and replacing the full time positions with very limited part-timers as needed; by consolidating our sewer and water department; and by cross-utilizing employees between departments as best we can within union contract limitations.

"North Country folk are smart, resourceful and resilient," Malaney said. "We will face the challenges and do what needs to be done, with optimism."

Crown Point Supervisor Bethany Kosmider found hope in the speech.

"I think there is reason for optimism when Gov. Cuomo talked about trimming government and ethics reform," she said. "Capping property taxes and cutting spending brings hope and is also a standard promise by most politicians.

"The newly-elected are always under scrutiny and yet people have hope," Kosmider said. "I believe Gov. Cuomo will be a strong advocate for the North Country and his spending plans are more realistic than what Albany has delivered over the past decade. You don't spend what you don't have and that is something our legislators need to learn.

"There is hope in Crown Point and I will continue to work towards solutions for our town while working with the governor's office to bring relief to our residents," she concluded.

Schroon Supervisor Cathy Moses was pleased with the speech.

"If he sticks to what he says he'll have lots of support, including mine, especially on a couple of the items which are important to me personally," Moses said. "I agree 100 percent with our county chair that employees should be considering holding wages to avoid layoffs. How interesting that it was one of the governor's proposals.

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