Elizabethtown Essex County’s representatives to the state were on hand for the 214th Organizational Meeting of the Board of Supervisors Jan. 7.
“The politics of the heart are at the local level,” said newly sworn-in state Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury). “It’s important for the people of Essex County to know that they are well-served by the 18 members of the Essex County Board. You are poised for success, and anything that I can do to help, please reach out to me.”
Stec said his experience as a supervisor and chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors will help him deal with county leadership and issues.
“I sat in your chairs and I know how difficult it is,” he said. “I hope that experience will be able to help you in Albany.”
Stec said that during the campaign, he noticed there were a lot of similarities between the counties within the 114th District.
“Your towns and your issues are very similar across county lines,” Stec said. “The last names and the dollar numbers are different, but the issues that are driving you bananas are the same ones that are being talked about in Washington, Warren and Saratoga counties.”
Stec said that while he felt issues like gun control would become part of the legislative agenda, the main focus remains the same.
“The job climate and cost of government are the top issues that we face,” he said.
State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) also addressed the board and said the Regional Economic Development Council was working for the region.
“We in the North Country are really working together to understand each others issues,” Little said. “We will continue to go forward on all of the issues that we need to.”
Little also said that one of her concerns was how funding levels would be affected in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
“Our state delegation has pushed hard to get federal coverage so the effects of Sandy will not be a negative effect on the rest of the state,” Little said. “We here know what it takes to get through something like this and how long it can take.”