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Essex County GOP picks Stec for Assembly

Warren County Chairman Dan Stec speaks with people during the Essex County Republican Committee meeting March 21 in Elizabethtown.

Warren County Chairman Dan Stec speaks with people during the Essex County Republican Committee meeting March 21 in Elizabethtown. Photo by Tim Follos.

— He cited his long record of business success and civic involvement as well as his profession (Hoffman is an accountant), as his primary qualifications for the seat.

Stec, the Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, said his background includes service in the Navy as well as professional experience as an engineer and as the owner of a struggling farm.

“I am serving my fifth term as Queensbury Town Supervisor,” he said. “I have managed the town’s $27 million budget with great success, keeping Queensbury one of the lowest taxed towns in the state. It is this experience serving in local government that has prepared me for the Assembly. Unfunded state mandates are at the heart of all our problems. I will use the experience I’ve gained and the relationships I have with local officials around the district to fight these mandates, reduce needless state and local spending, and improve our business climate.”

Stec said he would fight further additions to state landholdings in the Adirondack Park.

“The state is broke. Stop using the Environmental Protection Fund to buy land. Use that money to fight invasive species,’’’ the Queensbury politico said, calling the fight against invasives a critical issue that can unite business owners and environmentalists.

Stec said that he never has, and never will, run for office without the endorsement of the Republican Party. “I would not challenge the Republican on another line,” he proclaimed to applause from the committee.

Regan, an attorney and a former aide to Sen. Ron Stafford, said he led a successful effort to revitalize his city.

“The Glens Falls you see today is vibrant,” Regan stated. “One of the things that I’m very pleased with came out of the last census: It was the first time in 60 years that Glens Falls saw an increase in population.”

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