QUEENSBURY - Dan Stec, the new chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, wants to spread the work around.
So Stec has assigned every member of the Board of Supervisors a committee chairmanship, but none have more than two. That's a departure from the past policy of senior members getting multiple chairmanships, while junior members often didn't chair any.
Stec, a Republican from Queensbury, said he tried to mix experience with geographical considerations when divvying up responsibilities, making sure all corners of the county were represented.
"I think that this is a good mix," he said after the meeting. "Both parties (Republican and Democratic) are well-represented."
The committee breakdown was unveiled Tuesday as Stec was formally voted chairman during the board's annual organizational meeting. His family and dozens of supporters were present as he was sworn in using a Bible that was handed down from generation to generation in his family.
Stec said he was "humbled" to be chosen as chairman, and that he planned to continue on the budget-reducing track the board has begun the past two days. But state mandates and delays in reimbursements continue to be a major issue, he said.
"Unfortunately, much of the budget is not in our complete local control," he said. "I caution the board not to expect solutions from either Washington or Albany."
He added, "We must do as much as we can with the conditions as they exist, not as we wish them."
Queensbury at-Large Supervisor Matt Sokol, a childhood friend of Stec's from their days in the Queensbury school system, introduced Stec as he was nominated for chairman and pointed out his worked his way up through town government starting with an appointment to the Queensbury Zoning Board of Appeals in 1998.
"I'm confident Dan will do a tremendous job," Sokol said.
Among those present for the ceremony was state Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, who once sat on the county board before becoming a state legislator.
Little told those in attendance that she understood that counties and municipalities need relief from state mandates.
"When you get to the bottom there's only one direction to go," she said.
Stec's committee assignments will take effect later this week, when there are a number of committee meetings scheduled.
The county board structure is heavily committee-based, with committees reviewing issues and making recommendations that the full Board of Supervisors generally follows.
William Kenny, a Democratic supervisor who represents the 5th Ward of Glens Falls, had chaired the controversial Gaslight Village Ad Hoc Committee last year but won't this year.
He said he wouldn't necessarily miss chairing that committee, and said Stec's approach to committee assignments was "novel."
"Dan's definitely got a different approach. We'll give it a try and see what happens," he said.
Stec succeeds Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe, who chaired the county board for three years but opted not to head it for a fourth year.