JOHNSTOWN - Outgoing Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Michael F. Gendron remained as optimistic Thursday as when he began his year as the head of the board.
He used the word "optimistic" during his positive farewell address to the board at the County Office Building. He also used that term repeatedly in his address after being sworn in as chairman Jan. 3.
"The Board of Supervisors has positioned Fulton County for success in the future," Gendron stated.
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Outgoing Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Michael F. Gendron of Gloversville gives his farewell address to the board Thursday at the County Office Building in Johnstown.
Gendron thanked the chairmen of the board's six standing committees, noting none missed their meetings.
He said that as chairman for 2012, he received great support from county Administrative Officer Jon Stead and his staff.
"Your dedication and commitment to Fulton County is to be commended," he said. "Jon always makes the chairman look good."
He said the county accomplished much this year, noting four economic development projects: the planned CG Roxane water bottling plant, Fage USA's expansion, redevelopment of the Tryon campus and construction of Gloversville's new Walmart Supercenter.
"These four economic programs will spur Fulton County," Gendron said.
Gendron will remain on the board next year, continuing to serve as Gloversville's 3rd Ward supervisor.
In his parting comments as board chairman, he mentioned creation of a new records management room, hiring of key department heads, the fact the county is debt-free, and adoption of an $89 million 2013 budget on Nov. 26. The budget calls for a $28.4 million tax levy - up 2.4 percent from this year, but below the 2.5 percent tax-levy cap set by the state.
"It was Fulton County's budget," Gendron said. "It was not Albany's budget. It was not the tax cap budget."
Gendron, who said he "likes everything about being chairman," also served as chairman in 2004. He has been on the board since 1998. His message for taxpayers was: "Shop Fulton County. Keep your tax dollars here." He also urged more recycling.
"I'm honored to have served with a committed group of colleagues who believe what we do is important," he said.
Stead praised Gendron as someone who takes his job seriously.
"He's articulate and he likes to meet with state officials," Stead said.
Bleecker Supervisor David Howard and Perth Supervisor Greg Fagan - both former board chairmen - also praised Gendron.
"I just want to thank you for your leadership," Howard said. "Thank you for representing us."
Fagan said Gendron gave a great effort in "a very busy year."
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.