Longtime St. Johnsville Supervisor Dominick Stagliano is no stranger to the workings of local government. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that qualify him to fill the new post of Montgomery County executive.
Over the years I've known him, Dominick has done what he thought best for the residents of Montgomery County - even taking unpopular stances over budget issues and opposing "business-as-usual" governance.
His controversial approach may not have won him political allies, but it's made him stand out as a true leader - someone who's not afraid to stand up to department heads or fellow officials.
When acting as the county budget officer/chairman of the county Board of Supervisors in 2004, for example, he made a real effort to reign in spending, arguing that higher taxes, borne on the backs of an aging populace, weren't acceptable in the face of a declining tax base and dwindling resources. He called for change in an unconventional way, rousing debate and raising awareness about the cost of running county government.
He also fought for fiscal accountability in questionable dealings involving the Montgomery County Health Insurance Trust. His persistent quest for answers helped bring a festering issue to a head, and it brought about change.
Dominick has what it takes to lead Montgomery County in 2014. I plan to vote for him as our new county executive on Election Day.