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Madrid’s Finnegan won’t seek re-election


MADRID — It’s one and done for Madrid Town Supervisor Joseph A. Finnegan.

Mr. Finnegan, 62, won’t seek a second term as supervisor. A Democrat, he was a town councilor from 1997 to 2001.

It’s time to step back, he said Friday.

“I am at a point in my life where I want more time to enjoy my family, friends, and activities,” Mr. Finnegan said. “I also am somewhat disappointed by the direction of the levels of government beyond the local level. It is getting to the point where unfunded mandates and other onerous requirements are being passed down to the local level with the expectation that we can somehow find the money, time, and personnel to meet them.”

Mr. Finnegan also doesn’t believe in hanging on.

“I am a firm believer that members of governing boards should change, and hopefully the new members will bring fresh ideas and will not hesitate to think outside the box,” he said. “I believe in term limits as well. When I was approached four years ago to run for the supervisor’s position, I told that group that I would agree to run for one term and that is what I have done.”

Mr. Finnegan said the town has stacked up accomplishments during his time as supervisor.

“We have completed the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and have secured an interest-free loan to pay off the debt for the project, although my predecessor had been involved in the planning and initial arrangements for this project,” he said.

Also, a community development plan for the town was drafted.

“I am proud to have been a part of the group that worked on that project,” Mr. Finnegan said.

The town, Mr. Finnegan said, also repaired its dam on the Grasse River and appointed a park commission.

“As budget officer for the last four years, I have worked very diligently with the other members of the town board to keep the burden of property taxes as low as possible while maintaining the services for our residents,” he said. “We were also able to negotiate a fair and equitable labor contract with our highway employees which will lay the ground work for future equitable and affordable labor contracts.”

Mr. Finnegan worked for Niagara Mohawk for 33 years retiring in 2006. He was chief of the Madrid Volunteer Fire Department in 1980 and 1981 and has been a member for 44 years.

He is also a past president of the St. Lawrence County Fire Chief’s Association, the Northern New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.

He is married to Debra A. Salton Finnegan.

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