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Assemblyman-Elect Dan Stec praised and razzed as he heads for Albany

Assemblyman-Elect Dan Stec pulls one of several rocks out of a backpack presented to him Dec. 21 by Johnsburgh Supervisor Ron Vanselow (left) and Hague Supervisor Edna Frasier.  The gag gift represented Stec’s oft-repeated metaphor of how the state passes off its burdens to the struggling local municipalities , without providing funding.

Assemblyman-Elect Dan Stec pulls one of several rocks out of a backpack presented to him Dec. 21 by Johnsburgh Supervisor Ron Vanselow (left) and Hague Supervisor Edna Frasier. The gag gift represented Stec’s oft-repeated metaphor of how the state passes off its burdens to the struggling local municipalities , without providing funding. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood gave him a large red push-button that broadcasts “No” in various voices. She indicated that the device would be useful in his legislative work. Also, county Emergency Services Director Brian LaFlure gave Stec a red corded telephone handset — resembling the White House hotline — to plug into his cell phone so he could keep in touch, while in Albany, with his Warren County comrades.

Another gag gift Stec received was a backpack full of rocks from Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow and Hague Supervisor Edna Frasier, representing a metaphor Stec has used to describe the county’s frustrations over the state passing down its responsibilities to its counties without providing funding — The state, he has said again and again, is urging their counties’ leaders to hike ever faster up a slope as the state’s legislators add rocks to the hikers’ backpacks.

Stec accepted the backpack with a chuckle, and pulled out rocks that were emblazoned with the phrases, “tax cap,”state retirement costs,” “Medicaid,” “Home Rule” and “Mandates.”

“As you accomplish solutions to these issues, you can take one at a time out of your backpack,” Frasier said.

Stec was the target of several quips from people referring to his tendency to be long-winded.

While Glens Falls Third Ward supervisor Bud Taylor praised Stec for his ongoing support of human services issues, he said that the legislature might have to extend its sessions to accommodate his speeches.

Stec fired back, “I was made for filibusters,” prompting laughter from many.

In providing an example of brevity, Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson wished Stec well as he repeated children’s author Dr. Seuss's seven-word speech he gave at a college graduation: “Good morning; Good job; good luck; goodbye.”

Stec was for a moment almost at a loss for words.

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