"It has been a privilege to serve this district and this region and this county," she said. "This board has always had a special place in my heart. I will be working as hard as I can right up until the end of December. I look forward to helping you for the rest of the year. Every single one of you has done something for me and I thank you for that."
Sayward added that she would continue to help the region in any way possible.
"We have done some great work together and there is more that can be done," she said. "I am not going away. I am looking for an opportunity to help the people here in the Adirondacks. We all have to work together to make this thing happen."