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County Legislature kicks off 2012

Republican Buhrmaster alone against 14-Democrat caucus

Minority Leader James Buhrmaster, left, and Majority Leader Gary Hughes, right, escort Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature Judith Dagostino to the podium before she shared remarks after being reappointed to her leadership position.

Minority Leader James Buhrmaster, left, and Majority Leader Gary Hughes, right, escort Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature Judith Dagostino to the podium before she shared remarks after being reappointed to her leadership position. Photo by John Purcell.

— In the county, she said the legislature has been able to “hold the line” on property taxes and she touted the job creation that’s occurred.

“We are successfully restructuring and streamlining county government and changing the fundamental way we provide services to control our cost,” she said.

She continued to outline her focus for the year ahead facing the legislature.

First, she said the county would expand efforts to be greener and focus on environmental awareness.

“Conserving our natural resources, controlling our carbon footprint, will reduce our energy costs,” she said.

Continuing and encouraging economic development agencies within the county is another focus for her. Creating private sector jobs is vital to expanding the tax base and help control taxes, she said.

The new Glendale Nursing Home also is strongly supported by Dagostino, which Buhrmaster and past Minority Leader Robert Farley have expressed opposition on due to the large investment the county would need to put in.

“Out efforts to provide a modern, up to date and cost efficient Glendale Home where our seniors can age with dignity will remain a priority,” Dagostino said.

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