LAKEGEORGE-Long-time local resident Dan Hurley announced this week he is a candidate for seat on the Lake George Town Board.
A 50-year registered Democrat, Hurley said he is seeking the endorsement of the local Democratic Party.
A U.S. Army veteran, Hurley served in Germany from 1963 to 1965.
A union electrician for 50 years, Hurley formed his own company in 1978 - Dan Hurley Electric Inc. in 1978.
Hurley said this week that this business experience, particularly managing finances, would serve him well if elected. He said he is now retired, and would like to put his expertise to use for the community.
"I now have the time to help make this town a better place in which to do business and raise a family," he said.
Hurley said his top concerns were the issues of lack of oversight by some of the town board members over town finances.
He said the board had failed in its responsibility to its constituents through its practice of awarding "title pay" stipends that weren't publicly posted nor in many instances, approved by the board. These issues were among 17 criticisms leveled at the board during an audit report released by the state Comptroller's office several months ago. The report also cited other concerns, including lack of sufficient balances in operating fund balances and failure to publicly and officially authorize salary increases, separation payments, and assuring they are equitable.
"The audit clearly showed that the town government needs to be responsive to the concerns of local citizens," Hurley said. "Town board members should have demanded accountability from the town Supervisor - it's their responsibility to know what's going on - they can't be 'Yes-men'"
He added that the pay rates should have been approved by the board and publicly posted as mandated by state law.