Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas.
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continued “Randy does a fantastic job and I would have been happy if Roby had continued on as vice chair,” Ferebee said. “When Roby bowed out, I talked to Randy about it. I feel that I am ready having been through the budget process and a member of the negotiating team with the union.”
Ferebee said he knows there are challenges facing the board in the coming year, and he wants to be part of the solution.
“I know that we have a big battle ahead of us,” he said. “We need to get started on these things in January, and that will be my goal.”
As for the future, Ferebee said he would entertain the thought of becoming the board chairman, but not in the near future.
“I truly am hoping that Randy will stay in that position for a long time, but I definitely would look at the position,” Ferebee said.
“At this point, it is a one-year commitment,” Douglas said. “My original plan was to stay on as long as Gov. Cuomo is in office, and I hope that I can do that.”
The organizational meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to take place Monday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. in Elizabethtown, where nominations for chairman and vice-chairman will be sought and voted on.