During the Sept. 17 Madison County Industrial Development Agency Board meeting, IDA Vice Chairman James Rafte announced his resignation to take place at the end of the year. Rafte is also the chairman of the IDA Governance Committee. IDA Chairman Rick Bargabos accepted Rafte's plans to resign after the board collaboratively made the decision to make Dave Rogers the new Governance Committee chairman and Russ Lura would move to the seat of vice chairman of the sub-committee.
"I think there could be someone else out there that would better serve this board with a business background," Rafte said.
Ideally he would like the board to bring a business attorney to the table for more feedback on positive business-related decisions for the county. "It was only fair to offer the position to someone with a solid business background," he said.
Rafte said he gained a lot of experience when he started working for Oneida Silversmiths that gave him an array of training and education. He has worked for the company for 44 years.
Lifetime resident of Oneida, Rafte has also served the city for 40 years representing the 4th, 5th and 6th Wards at the Madison County Board of Supervisors level. Right after he graduated from Oneida High School he started serving on the Board of Supervisors because he wanted to serve the city and make a difference.
Although he is resigning from the IDA after three-plus years of service, he said he would most likely serve one more term on the Board of Supervisors because there are some important plans of action that he would
"We're waiting for some decisions from the state to come back," Rafte said.
Issues concerning the Oneida Indian Nation land such as putting properties into trust and foreclosure agreements are some second circuit decisions being discussed in Albany.