As we approach the festive time of year, I would like to reflect on my tenure as chairman of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors in 2016.
First, I commend my fellow colleagues on the board of supervisors for being watchful shepherds and good financial stewards who have guided the county into positive territory.
I believe that clear communication, transparency and genuine dialogue promote effective government and foster future growth.
Second, I was pleased to observe up close the fine work of department heads and County employees providing services to our citizens.
People and business owners looking to invest in a community monitor these types of activities when making decisions about where to put down roots. I think we are poised to handle these investments and expand opportunities for our region.
When you live in Fulton County, you feel a certain spirit — a spirit of people who get things done. Community spirit like that is one of the invisible keys to quality of life. We have a bountiful local area and many dedicated residents who are working to make it even better.
For example, our local police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders are first-rate and I was extremely pleased that the board honored some of these folks during 2016.
We are lucky to have state representatives that know where Fulton County is and are familiar with its attributes. I am confident that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Sen. Jim Tedisco and Assemblyman Marc Butler realize the priorities county leaders are working on and will help when needed.
As I traveled around the state, I noticed that our economic development projects have caught the attention of other counties and they are impressed by our branding strategy. Investing in our home community is a “smart play” and we have to keep trying new ideas.
I love my city. I am honored to represent the residents of Ward 4, Gloversville and it has been a pleasure to serve as chairman of the board this past year.
Our local municipalities are starting to see the value of working together, and if that trend continues, all our localities will rise together.
Our region has had a productive year. Nationally, a brand new president will bring new opportunities in 2017 and beyond.
We must all remain committed to sail ahead, and right now, the wind is at our backs.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year.
Chairman, Fulton County Board of Supervisors