Chairman of county supers sworn in

He said he thinks that the future will continue to be bright for New York's fastest-growing county despite widespread economic troubles.

"We've been able to maintain a low tax rate for several years, and with AMD coming, I anticipate we'll be able to keep it low," he said. "We've been very fortunate. We've grown, and we'll continue to grow."

County services are certainly poised to grow in the coming year, with groundbreaking on a new Saratoga County Animal Shelter and the activation of the county water system on tap.

"They're all good, positive things that we see happening in 2009," said Johnson.

Johnson will also focus on using the county's sizable property in northern forests by moving forward with trail creation. A new, ad-hoc Trails Committee will be tasked with building three nature trails in the Wilton-Northumberland area during the course of the year, and will be chaired by Saratoga Springs Supervisor Matthew Veitch.

Johnson has been involved in Wilton town government since 1980, serving for many years as assessor before being elected to the Town Board, then taking over the supervisor's chair for Roy McDonald in 2002, when he won a bid for the Assembly.

He currently resides in Wilton with his wife, Sandy. They have a daughter, Nicole, who practices physical therapy in Alexandria, Va.

Supervisors earn $18,508 plus mileage for their work at the county level, while the chairman earns $25,186.""

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