Elizabethtown Members of the Essex County Ways and Means Committee showed their support for the North Country Community College 2013-14 budget July 29, passing it on to the full board meeting next week.
Supervisors voted 15-1 in favor of the plan, which calls for a NCCC operating budget of $14,625,300, with $1,190,000 as the Essex County sponsor share with $1,140,000 going toward operations and $50,000 for the Capital Fund.
Willsboro Supervisor Ed Hatch was the lone dissenter, stating that he felt the expense was too much for the county.
“I will continue to vote no because I do not believe we can afford it,” Hatch said. “We are going to hear the same rhetoric in November and here these people sit in and never get cut back. I do not think that this is in the best interest in what community colleges are for.”
The committee also moved forward the appointment of Mark Whitney of Schroon to serve as the Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner, but not before board chairman Randy Douglas of Jay called for an executive session after Chesterfield supervisor Gerald Morrow put forward the resolution.
After the session, the committee returned and voted 15-1 to move the approval of Whitney on to the full board, with North Hudson supervisor Ronald Moore voting against.
County treasurer Michael Diskin also presented the members of the committee with the plaque he had received upon his installment as president of the National Association of County Treasurers and Financial Officers.
“This guy is so well respected among his colleagues from throughout the nation,” Douglas said of the appointment. “When we went to the national meeting, I met people from Idaho, Missouri and Florida, and they were all very complimentary of Mike and the work that he does.”