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Assemblyman-Elect Dan Stec praised and razzed as he heads for Albany

Assemblyman-Elect Dan Stec pulls one of several rocks out of a backpack presented to him Dec. 21 by Johnsburgh Supervisor Ron Vanselow (left) and Hague Supervisor Edna Frasier.  The gag gift represented Stec’s oft-repeated metaphor of how the state passes off its burdens to the struggling local municipalities , without providing funding.

Assemblyman-Elect Dan Stec pulls one of several rocks out of a backpack presented to him Dec. 21 by Johnsburgh Supervisor Ron Vanselow (left) and Hague Supervisor Edna Frasier. The gag gift represented Stec’s oft-repeated metaphor of how the state passes off its burdens to the struggling local municipalities , without providing funding. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Presiding over his last Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting before he assumes his new position Jan. 1, state Assemblyman-elect Dan Stec reflected Friday Dec. 21 on the board’s accomplishments during his tenure as Chairman — and the other county supervisors offered up witty barbs and best wishes.

Stec said achievements of the board included keeping county tax increases at a minimum, rebuilding the county’s depleted financial reserves from $3 million to $12 million, rebuilding infrastructure including four bridges, resolving personnel problems in the county Social Services Department, and taking a leadership statewide in combatting water-borne invasive species.

The accomplishments on the latter issue include Asian clam control efforts and moving toward establishing a mandatory boat inspection and decontamination law, Stec said.

“We put our money where our mouth is,” Stec said. “We took the ball over the goal line in Warren County, and the state can learn a lot from us.”

Queensbury Supervisor David Strainer praised Stec for his integrity in politics.

“You can be proud you went up through the system,” Strainer said. “You didn’t buy your way into office — You are going to do a great job in Albany.”

Glens Falls Supervisor Dan Girard added his thoughts.

“You have been one of the hardest working supervisors — you have the whole picture of what’s really going on,” he said. “You will be a great representative of our county.”

Several county supervisors presented Stec with gifts.

Stec received a mantel clock from Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, chosen by his peers to succeed Stec as county board chairman, and Stony Creek Supervisor Frank Thomas, who is to be the next county Finance Committee chairman.

“We’ll miss your leadership,” Thomas said as the gift was presented.

Stec replied afterwards, “You’ll be getting an upgrade,” referring to Geraghty.

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