Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty was chosen as 'Citizen of the Year' this week by the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce — not for his long-standing public service, but for his four decades of charitable and volunteer service.
Photo by Thom Randall.
continued Another popular community event, albeit newer, is the Warrensburg Community Thanksgiving Dinner, held at the town firehouse. The event, held primarily for area seniors, has grown remarkably over its seven-year history.
The fire company has also held holiday-related events which have captured the imagination of the public — and Geraghty has been a long-time supporter and organizer of them. The Warrensburg Halloween parade and visits to the local firehouse by Santa both have been beloved traditions in town since the early 1980s.
Geraghty’s other service
Another community-service role for Geraghty has been his nine years on the Board of Directors of Hudson Headwaters Health Network, during a formative era in the organization, which has now grown into 15 health centers serving the Adirondack region.
Geraghty’s been Warrensburg Town Supervisor since January 2007, after serving as a town council member from 1980 to 1994. He became the Warren County Budget officer in 2007, and served in that role until Jan. 1 of this year, when he was named Chairman of the county Board of Supervisors. Geraghty has been credited, as county Budget Officer, for his role in slashing county expenses and downsizing government during difficult economic times.
Geraghty worked for 32 years at the International Paper mill in Corinth for 32 years, working his way up to the post of production, scheduling and distribution manager.
Besides his volunteer community work, the Chamber selected Geraghty for his 44 years of basketball scorekeeping — nearly this full time-span for Warrensburg High School basketball games, and for nearly 25 years for the annual Section II basketball tournament, as well as scorekeeping for the New York State high school basketball championship playoffs since 1998.
Geraghty said this week he started out in high school in the mid-1960s as a basketball team manager, enjoying the game strategy and record-keeping immensely.