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Essex County Committee assignments set

Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas is joined by wife Peggy as he was sworn in for his fifth term as Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman by County Clerk Joseph Provoncha Jan. 6.

Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas is joined by wife Peggy as he was sworn in for his fifth term as Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman by County Clerk Joseph Provoncha Jan. 6. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— While five new supervisors were sworn into office as members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors Jan. 6, only one major committee saw a change in its top position.

Chairman Randy Douglas released the committee assignments for the year at the annual Organizational Meeting, with North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi replacing former Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney as the chair of the Economic Development Committee.

Bill Ferebee of Keene, who was re-elected to serve as Vice Chairman on the board, will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. All members of the board are members of the Ways and Means Committee, which passes resolutions from committee onto the full board for its regular monthly meeting.

The other committees retained their chair positions, with David Blades of Lewis serving as the Human Services Committee chair, Randy Preston of Wilmington piloting Public Safety, Gerald Morrow of Chesterfield overseeing Public Works, George Canon of Newcomb chairing Personnel, Dan Connell of Westport over legislative and Tom Scozzafava, who was re-appointed as budget liaison officer for the board, chairing the finance committee.

Back into the fold after regaining his position as Elizabethtown Supervisor, Noel Merrihew was appointed to serve on the Human Services, Finance and Economic Development committees.

Newly elected Essex Supervisor Ed Gardner will serve on the Public Works, Personnel and Legislative committees.

Shaun Gilliland, elected Willsboro Supervisor in November, will serve on the Human Services, Public Safety and Personnel committees.

New Minerva Supervisor Stephen McNally will serve as a member of the Human Services, Personnel and Legislative committees.

Ticonderoga’s new Supervisor, Bill Grinnell, will sit on the Human Services, Public Safety and Finance committees.

The Essex County Board of Supervisors holds its regular monthly meetings generally on the first Monday of the month at 10 a.m. Human Services, Public Safety and Economic Development generally meets on the second Monday; with Public Works, Personnel and Finance meeting of the third Monday (in January, they will meet the following day due to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday). Ways and Means meets the final Monday of the month, while the Legislative Committee meets as needed. All meeting are held at the Old Courthouse in Elizabethtown.

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