Douglas seeks fifth term as county chairman

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas.

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas. Photo by Daniel E. Alexander.

— While there will be four new faces and a returning member to the Essex County Board of Supervisors in January, the faces leading the quorum may look very familiar.

Jay Supervisor and current county chairman Randy Douglas recently announced he would again seek the top position which he has held for the past four years. Douglas also threw his support behind Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee to serve for a second year as vice chairman.

“Together we have worked very hard on your behalf to help keep us at the front of the line for state and federal funding grant opportunities,” Douglas said in a letter to county supervisors and media. “Together in working with the County Manager Dan Palmer, County Attorney Dan Manning, Deputy County Manager Mike Mascarenas and all Department heads, we have been very successful in securing funding for many projects in Essex County such as infrastructure improvements and consolidation projects.”

Douglas spoke about securing funding for water and sewer projects in municipalities throughout the county along with FEMA funding for property buyouts and recovery operations. He also talked about working with state leaders on land classifications for the Essex Chain of Lakes and the passage of Proposition 5, allowing NYCO Minerals to enter into a land swap agreement with the state for mining operations.

“Most recently in working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Supervisor Randy Preston (Wilmington), Assemblyman Dan Stec, Senator Betty Little, ORDA and the NYS Department of Transportation, we were able to secure funding for the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway much needed repairs,” Douglas added. “Together we have made great strides in working together in a bipartisan way for the betterment of Essex Counties future.”

Douglas said he was pleased with the ability of board members to work together during his tenure as chair.

“Although we may all disagree at times I know each and every one of you honestly vote for what you feel is best in your hearts,” Douglas said. “Both Bill and I have been honored to serve as your leaders these last few years. If Bill and I are successful to remain as your Chairman and Vice Chairman we assure you we will continue to work as hard as possible to represent you all at the local, State, and Federal level.”

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