MALONE — The Franklin County Legislature on Thursday swore in Donald Dabiew, D-Bombay, Gregory Janisewski, D-Chateaugay, Paul Lauzon, D-Fort Covington, and Paul Maroun, R-Tupper Lake, as chairmen and leaders of its board for 2021.
Dabiew and Janisewski, who held the same position last year, were nominated as chairman and vice chairman, respectively. Lauzon reclaimed his position as majority leader while Maroun again took his place as minority leader.
In other news, the County Legislature unanimously approved a temporary easement from Franklin County to Franklin Snowmobilers, Inc., in order to permit access across the premises to connect the trail corridor.
The trail corridor is at 253 Park St., Malone. Franklin Snowmobilers will need to provide proof of liability insurance and the county will need to be additionally insured. The motion was accepted in order to increase the appeal for tourism and recreational activity, according to the legislature’s resolution.
The county owns the Park Street property, which intersects with the existing snowmobile trail, which Franklin Snowmobilers is responsible for maintaining. The snowmobile group asked the county for permission to create a temporary easement for the trail, which would complete the town and village of Malone’s riding corridor. The right to the easement is not transferable.
In other business, the County Legislature honored Sen. Elizabeth Little, who retired Dec. 31, for her nine-term tenure of service to the 45th Senate District. Little was elected as a state assemblywoman in 1995 until 2002, when she was elected to the state Senate.
“I met Betty back in 2006, before I became involved in politics. And the day I met her, I said, ‘I want to be like Betty Little,’” Legislator member Andrea Dumas said.
The county legislator remembered Little as someone who cared greatly for her six counties and worked for “both sides of the aisle.”
“I’ve served for two state legislators in my 50 years in state government — two senators, Ron Stafford and Betty Little — and they both served the district well,” Maroun said. “But Senator Little added a dimension to it that you don’t usually see in state government. And she had heart, along with being a great representative.”