McGahay appointed Commissioner for BOE

Essex County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Allison McGahay

Essex County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Allison McGahay Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The new Republican Commissioner for the Essex County Board of Elections was re-introduced to the Board of Supervisors Feb. 7.

Allison McGahay, who had recently resigned her position as an Assistant District Attorney with the county for personal reasons, was introduced as the new commissioner after being approved by members of the Board of Supervisors.

“It is great to be able to come back to work for Essex County after a five-week leave,” McGahay said. “When this position became vacant, it seemed like a perfect fit. I really do hope to make you happy with the Board of Elections.”

Prior to working in Essex County, McGahay has served with the New York State Board of Elections as a deputy director and as the lead attorney.

Newcomb Supervisor George Canon moved her appointment, which was approved unanimously.

“I want to thank Supervisor Canon, Ron Jackson and Win Belanger for their support at the Republican meeting and again here today,” McGahay said. “It is a very important election year this year because it is local. Everything has to do with us this year.”

McGahay replaces former Republican Commissioner Derinda Sherman, who was not re-appointed by the county Republican Committee earlier this year.

Along with approving a new commissioner, the board also expressed their displeasure with the proposed early voting bills currently before the state Senate and Assembly. Board members voted to send a letter against the proposed law to the state.

“If this is passed, it is an unfunded mandate that would cost us over $100,000 a year,” Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said.

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