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December 13, 2012

Delaware board says farewell to attorney

By Mark Boshnack
The Daily Star

---- — The Delaware County Board of Supervisors said goodbye to a longtime employee and saw the dispersal of flood-related funds to a variety of entities at its regular meeting Wednesday. The meeting occurred at the county office building in Delhi.

At his final board of supervisors meeting, retiring County Attorney Richard Spinney received a plaque and recognition for his years of service. He started in the post in 1989. He has been here “a long, long time,” Board of Supervisors Chairman James Eisel said.

The only supervisor on the board longer was Tom Hynes of Roxbury, who has served since 1984. Eisel said he has served on the board for 21 years.

Spinney “has always been by my side, through thick and thin. He’s done an outstanding job,” Eisel said. When he retires at the end of the year, “it will create a large void. We will miss (Spinney’s) depth of knowledge.”

A number of other supervisors and others at the meeting expressed their appreciation for Spinney’s years of service. A replacement will be named at the Jan. 2 reorganization meeting.

“I would like to thank every one of you for your confidence in me,” Spinney said. “It’s been fun. I’m glad you gave me the opportunity.”

In other business, United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties Executive Director Terry Capuano presented the balance of funds it collected to help with recovery from last year’s Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. A total of $112,486 was raised, with 51 percent helping Delaware County. This includes $75,000 to individuals, $14,000 to food pantries, and $16,000 to fire departments for future preparedness. The balance of nearly $50,000 was distributed to a variety of organizations at Wednesday’s meeting. Wednesday’s distributions included $16,000 to the county Department of Social Services and $4,950 to the Sidney Center Fire Department.

Delaware County Department of Social Services Deputy Commissioner Susan Aikens, who introduced Capuano, said the United Way has been a strong partner with the county’s human services committee. She didn’t hesitate to recommend it as the place where people who wanted to donate following last year’s disasters should turn to.