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Sullivan's Becker re-named Board of Supervisors' chairman

Sullivan Supervisor John Becker was once again voted in as chairman of the Board of Supervisors Jan. 5.

Chairman since 2008, Becker was the only supervisor to be nominated.

"John has worked very hard the last two years. We're lucky to have a leader of such caliber," James Rafte (Oneida-D) said.

Rafte made the motion to appoint Becker as chairman and John Reinhardt (Oneida-R) second it.

"It's an honor to be selected as chairman. I thought long and hard about doing this again and was very hesitant but I am proud to serve you," Becker said.

Becker added that he will work hard to do a better job of communicating with the board and public.

During the meeting, all supervisors, except Becker and Darrin Ball (Lincoln-R) who are on a four-year term, were sworn in. New supervisors are David Coye (Georgetown-R), Robert Kuiper (Hamilton-D), Ralph Monforte (Cazenovia-R) and Roger Bradstreet (Nelson-D), who was absent from the meeting.

Becker selected Richard Bargabos (Smithfield-R) to continue as vice chairman.

Addressing the state of the county, Becker said that the board "will rise to the challenges if faces by continuing to innovate and think outside the box to counteract some of the effects of the external influences beyond our control."

One of the biggest challenges Becker said that the county faces is the state's financial and leadership crises.

However, Becker added that the restructuring of the personnel department brought cost savings, the past year was one of accomplishment for public health and one-person plowing has been a success.

One of the biggest highlights of the past year was the upgrade to the emergency radio communication system. Becker said that the majority of construction will be completed this year.

While pointing out successes of each department from the past year, Becker admitted that challenges face each in 2010.

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