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Geraghty expected to become Warren Co.’s new leader

Now serving as Warren County Budget Officer, Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty is expected to move into the post of county Board of Supervisors Chairman — when the present county chairman Dan Stec ascends Jan. 2 to represent the area in the state Assembly.

Now serving as Warren County Budget Officer, Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty is expected to move into the post of county Board of Supervisors Chairman — when the present county chairman Dan Stec ascends Jan. 2 to represent the area in the state Assembly. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “We’ve had big fiscal challenges, particularly in 2009, and we’ve recovered pretty well,” he said. “However, it took 20 members of the board to make the decisions to put the county on the right track.”

If Geraghty indeed attains the post in January as many expect, it which would be the first time in a half-century the town of Warrensburg had such political clout.

The selection of board chairman is a choice made in a caucus of the supervisors representing the majority political party, and in recent history, that’s been the Republicans. The caucus is traditionally held in December.

Geraghty said this week that if chosen to lead the county, he would carry forward his fiscally conservative approach.

“We continue to face financial challenges, and the issues are complicated,” he said. “Warren County supervisors, like others across the state, will have to have to deal with the changing role of county governments.”

If Geraghty moves into the county chairmanship as expected, Stony Creek Supervisor Frank Thomas, a Republican who’s been in office nine years, is expected to take on the county Budget Officer post.

With Stec’s ascension into the state Assembly, his post as Queensbury town supervisor will be up for an appointment by the town board, as Stec has one year left on his latest term.

Expressing interest in the position of Queensbury’s political leader have been town G.O.P. Chairman and former county Supervisor-at-Large William Van Ness, town board member and deputy town supervisor Ron Montesi, and county supervisor-at-large Mark Westcott, who also serves as an aide to U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson — all Republicans — and long-time Queensbury Board member John Strough, a Democrat.

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