Becker delivers State of the County address

Following is the transcript from Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John M. Becker's 2009 State-of-the-County address.

Fellow supervisors, employees, citizens, taxpayers:

It is with great humility and honor that I bring to you this State of the County Address for 2009. As we approach the end of the decade, we as a county and as towns will be challenged like no other time in our history.

This Board of Supervisors is up to that challenge by bringing change the way it has in the past year. Trying new things like consolidating committees, this is a work in progress and will continue to evolve throughout the new year.

You as a board have adapted well to our changing environment. From agriculture to energy, we have all worked together without concern for party affiliation to achieve common goals. We have collaborated, negotiated and compromised to build consensus that helps move the County forward.

This board's broadest and boldest work is our legislative initiative.

Park Strategies, although expensive, will bear fruit. One, getting an ear in the Governor's Office is imperative to the way we do business and already has been a benefit. On one occasion, we called the Governor on a Monday and were granted a meeting for the following day. Several times, we have meet with him regarding various issues of concern to Madison County.

Another facet of this networking is meeting with different state department heads on grants and learning what is available, how to apply for them, what they are looking for in the applications they receive and letting Albany know Madison County has innovative thinkers moving way ahead of the curve.

This relationship is very unique. We want our own state and local representatives to utilize Park in ways that will mutually benefit Madison County and themselves.

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