HALFMOON: DeCerce steps down

Halfmoon Supervisor Kenneth DeCerce was honored at his last official town board meeting Thursday, Feb. 22, at town hall.

DeCerce, who is leaving to take a position in private industry, has been supervisor in Halfmoon for seven years and has spearheaded various projects, such as building a water-treatment system, a new town hall and planning a new town park.

At the meeting, DeCerce was praised for his endless energy and his open-door policy, but he made a point of giving credit to his fellow town officials for all the work they have done to keep things running smoothly.

I'm a people person, said DeCerce, "I enjoy problem solving and making decisions about issues that affect the people in this community. However, I don't think that everything that has happened here is because of me. It is because of the dedicated people of the town."

He also took the time to discuss the future of town projects, including the townwide, multi-use trail system.

"We will someday have a trail that starts in New York City or Westchester County and goes all the way to Canada," he said.

Halfmoon is under the particular stress of being the fastest-growing township in the state, and DeCerce has faced the challenge of finding a balance between maintaining affordable housing and encouraging commercial development.

"No matter when you left, there would always be a lot of projects because the town is growing so much," said Councilman Walter Polak to DeCerce after his closing address.

"I will be leading the supervisor's office in good hands," said DeCerce. "I am confident that the officials of Halfmoon will carry on as strongly as we have together."

Deputy Melinda Wormuth will be acting supervisor until a new supervisor is officially chosen by a vote of the town board March 6. ""

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