In mid-2011, Evelyn Wood (center) presides over a Warren County Planning & Community Development Committee meeting in mid-2012. As Wood announced her candidacy for state Assembly Sunday, she said her experience chairing this committee would be useful, if elected, in pursuing the objectives of economic development and job growth, particularly in the Adirondacks. County Board of Supervisors Clerk Joan Sady (left) and Warren County Administrator Paul Dusek (right) flank Wood as she conducts the meeting.
Photo by Thom Randall.
continued She said her experience in managing her town government’s response to the devastating storms of 2011 was at the top of that list.
Last Memorial Day weekend’s flash floods resulted in an estimated $7 million of damage in road and bridge washouts — representing about 10 times the town’s entire annual budget.
Regional officials praised Wood’s response to the widespread devastation, noting she worked around the clock to coordinate a local response effort, then spent countless hours detailing destruction in seeking disaster reimbursement from federal authorities.
She said that this experience working with FEMA officials would be particularly useful, as many towns in the Adirondacks had experienced destruction in 2011 storms.
“I’ve worked well with Albany and Washington, and I’ve developed a really good contact list — people I can get a hold of to get things done that need to be accomplished,” she said.
She said that her experience as Chairman of the Warren County Planning and Community Development Committee offered her experience that would be useful in working to boost the economy in the Adirondacks.
She said that expanding Internet broadband access in the park was a key factor in spurring economic development. For the past several months, Wood has been working to establish a public-private partnership to broadcast broadband signals throughout Thurman via the new“white space” technology. She’s already spent many hours in negotiations with optic cable providers, grant sources and technology gurus to accomplish the goal of getting all Thurman households connected.
She said that providing Internet access was a vital issue for most all of the rural towns in the 113th district.
“To retain the younger families in the Adirondacks, attract more residents and develop jobs, it’s very important to have Internet access,” she said.
Meeting the needs of farmers and pursuing the interests of the logging industry are also key objectives of hers, if she’s elected.