Essex County attorney recovering from surgery, roads discussed

ELIZABETHTOWN- Essex County Attorney Dan Manning is recovering from double bypass surgery on his heart, Chairman Randy Douglas said at the County Board of Supervisors meeting June 7.

Manning suffered from heart blockages May 26, and underwent surgery to alleviate the problem May 31, Douglas said.

Manning is now doing "very, very well," Douglas said, adding that Manning appreciates the concern of well-wishers. He suffered no heart damage.

County Manager Dan Palmer was unsure when Manning, who has served as county attorney for five years, would return to work.

"We haven't gotten any indication of when he's coming back," Palmer said.

Manning wants to work from home, Palmer said, but the manager was deferring to Manning's doctors as to whether this would be advisable.

In other business, there was prolonged discussion surrounding Resolution No. 176, which originally requested the introduction of legislation to allow assessment reduction for properties that received at least 50 percent damage from the recent flooding. The reimbursement would come through the state of New York for the loss of tax revenue.

Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee requested the resolution be amended so it included damages suffered from landslides, such as the one at Little Porter Mountain.

North Elba Town Supervisor Roby Politi said he was not in favor of expanding eligible properties beyond those which suffered damage last month. He added that the language in the resolution was not clear.

Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said that while the language might not be clear in the resolution, it was clear in the legislation that had already been introduced to both houses of the state Legislature. He added that because the legislation had already been introduced, it was pointless to debate the language of the resolution.

Essex Supervisor Sharon Boisen requested the resolution be amended to specify properties that suffered 50 percent damages from the natural disasters that began April 26.

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