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Tabolt stays at helm for Lewis County legislators; Brennan chosen as vice chair

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LOWVILLE — The 2014-15 Lewis County Board of Legislators has been sworn in, with six new members taking their oaths.

Michael A. Tabolt, R-Croghan, retained his position as chairman, while Craig P. Brennan, R-Deer River, was unanimously voted in Thursday to serve as vice chairman.

Committee chairpersons were named by Mr. Tabolt.

Bryan D. Moser, R-Kirschnerville, will chair the County Officers and Employees, Veterans’ Services, Junkyard Inspector, Historian, Human Resources Committee.

Jerry R. King, R-West Leyden, will chair the Courts and Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, Fire Coordinator, Sealer of Weights and Measures, Building Codes Committee, of which he was previously a member.

As expected, Richard A. Chartrand, D-Lowville, was named to chair the Hospital Committee. During his campaign for legislator, Mr. Chartrand noted his experience on the Lewis County General Hospital board of managers for 10 years during the facility’s last financial crisis. Mr. Chartrand said he should be able to help guide the current fiscal turnaround at the county-owned facility.

Andrea J. Moroughan, R-Watson, was chosen to lead the Public Health, Community Services Committee.

Lawrence L. Dolholf, R-Lyons Falls, will head the Rules and Legislation, Workers’ Compensation, Economic Development, Recreation, Forestry and Park, Insurance Committee.

Neil H. Pepper, R-Brantingham, will serve as chairman of the Social Services, Office for the Aging, Employment and Training, Youth Bureau Committee.

Gregory M. Kulzer, R-West Lowville, will chair the Taxation, Information Technology, Elections, Agriculture, Committee. Mr. Kulzer will also serve as the county’s representative on the boards of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Soil and Water.

Craig P. Brennan, R-Deer River, will remain at the helm of the Transportation, Solid Waste Committee.

Philip C. Hathway, R-Harrisville, was named chair of the Ways and Means, Buildings and Grounds, County Clerk Committee. He encouraged his fellow legislators to become familiar with the county’s financial management system, accessible to all legislators through county-owned laptops.

Legislators went into executive session to discuss the interview schedule for candidates for the county attorney and county manager positions. Mr. Tabolt reported 10 applicants had applied for the county attorney position and 20 had applied for the county manager spot.

Due to a New York State Association of Counties meeting in Albany, the legislators’ February meeting will be at 5 p.m. Feb. 6 in the legislative chambers at the Lewis County Court House, 7660 N. State St.

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