Essex County may guarantee emergency rides for employees

— Essex County supervisors want to make sure that employees who get a ride to work would be able to get home in case of an emergency.

Members of the Public Services Committee moved a resolution on to Ways and Means which would guarantee that any employee who needed a ride home in case of an emergency would have one.

"It allows mostly parents to know that if they have a sick kid at home or another emergency the comfort to know that they will have a ride home if they need it," Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said.

The rides would be provided for employees who do not transport themselves to work at the county, including those who use the county bus system to get to an from work.

"We talked to ACAP about this and Alan Jones said that they have put this in place and they only have to use this once or twice a year," Bartley said. "Alan even drove someone home once."

"If people are going to be hesitant to get here and then they have to get back, they are not going to ride the bus," North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said. "It is an added feature to the program, and I do not think that anyone is going to abuse it."

"You are creating a piece of mind benefit for your employees," Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey said.

Board Chairman Randy Douglas said that the state offered a similar program when he worked for the corrections department.

"If there was an emergency the state had someone drive you home," Douglas said. "I do not think that this is an abuse of power. The day my dad died they called me and they drove me home."

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