Essex County Board of Supervisors

The $35 million Essex County Jail and Public Safety Building houses the county’s jail,  911 center and other public safety services including the sheriff and state police.  Now, a committee of the county Board of Supervisors has approved $63,000 to repair a problem that has been plaguing the facility since it opened less than 9 years ago.

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Members of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet are fanning out across New York to outline his budget proposal before business groups, organizations and legislative bodies.  On Monday, Essex County Supervisors heard the recap and questioned key points of the plan.

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County legislatures across the region are beginning their 2016 sessions.  In northern New York, boards in Clinton and Essex County are seeing changes.

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Essex County’s tentative budget was released Monday for review by the Board of Supervisors.  The county manager presented a spending plan with an 8 percent tax levy, well over the New York state cap of .73 percent.

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The Essex County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Monday on the possibility they may exceed the New York state-mandated tax cap of .73 percent for 2016.

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Long-time Essex County, New York Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas announced today that he will leave that post to take a job in the Cuomo administration.

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The Essex County Board of Supervisors was sworn in on Monday and they chose Randy Douglas to chair the group for an unprecedented sixth time.

The Essex County Board of Supervisors is debating whether to implement a 15 percent tax levy to help restore the county’s fund balance.

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Election results for the Essex County New York Board of Supervisors indicate that the new board in January will lean heavily Republican and may lose all of its female members.

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The Essex County, New York Board of Supervisors has passed a local law to prevent the spread of invasive species, but the law applies only to Lake George.

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The Essex County New York Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution asking the state Liquor Authority to roll back bar closing hours in that county from 4 to 3 am. 

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A county in the Adirondacks has taken the first step toward requiring bars to stop serving alcohol at 3 a.m. instead of 4 a.m.

After a preliminary budget proposal indicated that Essex County would have to raise taxes 26-percent, county officials have now lowered the hike to 2.6 percent.

This week, Essex County supervisors crafted a proposed budget plan that substantially lowers the originally planned tax increases and keeps the budget under the tax cap for the county. Finance Committee Chair Town of Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava says a key factor is assurances that 2.8 million dollars from FEMA are forthcoming and can now be calculated in the budget.