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Supervisors tabbed for committees

Another committee chair that will be looking for ways to generate revenue for the county is Schroon Lake supervisor Cathy Moses, who will lead the economic development committee.

"Tourism is a huge component for Essex County and its economy," Moses said. "We need to coordinate with Albany to make sure that those issues are brought up and taken care of for the people here."

Other committee chairs include county vice-chairman Robert Politi as ways and means chair; Lewis supervisor David Blades as human services chair; Wilmington supervisor Randy Preston as public safety chair; Keene supervisor William Ferebee as Public works chair; Elizabethtown supervisor Noel Merrihew as personnel chair; and Newcomb supervisor George Cannon as legislative chair.

Douglas said a lot of thought went into the selection of department chairs, which remained the same from the second half of 2010, when Scozzafava replaced St. Armand supervisor Joyce Morency as the finance chair due to illness.

"Tm's strength is definitely in finance," Douglas said. "Cathy is always looking for ways to improve the infrastructure and bring more things to the county. You have to look at the strengths of each supervisor and then use them to the best of their abilities."

Douglas said there are several goals for the new year that involve the finance and economic development committees.

"Finance has to find a way to do more with less," he said. "We also need to look at the Empire State Winter Games and see how we are going to pull that off without the state involvement that was there before."

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