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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.

— Later, the Assemblyman-elect praised Geraghty as his successor as county Chairman.

“As budget officer — which is a position harder than chairman, Kevin would plow through issues and pull a rabbit out of a hat when required,” Stec said. “He’s done an outstanding job and you’ll be in very good hands.”

Geraghty said later he was pleased to lead the county beginning in 2013.

“It’s an immense privilege,” he said, noting he’d learned a lot in seven years.

Bolton Supervisor Ronald Conover is to move into the chairmanship of the county Finance Committee, vacated by Thomas.

Stec is to be sworn in as a new state Assembly member in a ceremony at noon Jan. 1 by judge David Krogmann at the entrance of the county courthouse.

He will be sworn in again in Albany at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 in a ceremony in the state legislative office building, Hearing Room C.

Stec said that he had been informed this week of his Assembly committee assignments — he is to serve on the Local Government, Banks, Social Services and Tourism committees. He was also named the ranking minority member on the Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee, considered an important position for the Adirondack region he represents.

“I’m deeply honored to have been elected to my new position,” Stec said.

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