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New Warren County chief sets goals for 2013

Kevin Geraghty of Warrensburg is sworn in Friday Jan. 4 as he becomes Warren County’s new Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. County Clerk Pam Vogel (left) administers the oath of office as Geraghty’s wife Kathleen observes the ceremony. Geraghty is the first Warrensburg resident to lead the county in 51 years.

Kevin Geraghty of Warrensburg is sworn in Friday Jan. 4 as he becomes Warren County’s new Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. County Clerk Pam Vogel (left) administers the oath of office as Geraghty’s wife Kathleen observes the ceremony. Geraghty is the first Warrensburg resident to lead the county in 51 years. Photo by Thom Randall.

— • Reaching an equitable agreement with the CSEA employees’ union;

• Absorbing the dispatch services of the city of Glens Falls; and

• Maintaining a a sales tax rate of 7 percent or below, one of the five lowest of the state’s 62 counties.

Looking to the future, Geraghty said objectives for 2013 include:

•Developing regulations to address the threat of invasive species to the county’s waterways;

•Working to enable freight service to resume — for the first time in decades — over the county’s rail system;

•Pursuing employee wellness and cutting health insurance costs;

•Remedying the county’s shortage of courtroom space;

•Finishing up multi-year budget planning to anticipate potential financial problems and avoid them, while boosting revenue;

•Completing ongoing union negotiations;

•Completing privatization and expansion plans for Westmount nursing home;

•Pursuing work to improve the county’s network of roads and infrastructure; and

•Lobbying the state for mandate relief.

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