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Charter would change gov’t

November 5, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA - Montgomery County voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve a new form of government.

A county charter proposition, previously approved by the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, will appear on the back of the ballot.

The charter, if approved, would change the current county Board of Supervisors to an elected county legislature and an elected county administrator. Supervisors would continue to represent their towns and the city of Amsterdam, but they no longer would serve on a county board. Instead, the county would have a nine-person elected county legislature.

Members of the Board of Supervisors are not unanimous in their support of the charter.

Florida Town Supervisor William Strevy said he does not believe the charter would be able to fix county government.

"It will be a government divided between the legislature and the executive," Strevy said.

He said he felt the change would become more expensive for the county. He said it may be difficult to find someone to fill the executive's job inexpensively.

He said it would be easier to fix the current form of government than it would be to replace it.

Root Supervisor John Thayer, who is chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said the proposed charter would put too much power in the hands of the executive.

Most of the supervisors, however, support the charter proposal.

Mohawk Supervisor Greg Rajkowski said the charter would bring Montgomery County in line with other counties in the state.

"It will be the right way to go ahead and govern all the agencies in the county, he said.

Canajoharie Town Supervisor Herbert T. Allen said Thursday he is leaning toward approving the charter.

"I just think that with one man overseeing the operations daily, it would be better for the department heads," Allen said.

Earl Spencer of Canajoharie said he has concerns about the charter.

"Let's try to fix what we got rather than throwing it all out the window," Spencer said.

In a letter to the editor, Krystle Colamarino of Amsterdam said while it may not solve all the problems, the charter would benefit the county.

"It will make government more responsive, more efficient and cheaper. It sets us up for success rather than failure," Colamarino said.

 
 

 

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