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For Immediate Release - 8/17/2022

County Officials Named To National Leadership Posts

County officials from Capital District, Adirondack Region named to leadership roles during the recent NACo Annual Conference in Adams County Colorado. NACo President Denise Winfrey appointed the three county officials. 

Saratoga County Supervisor Tara Gaston (Saratoga Springs) was named vice chair of the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee, vice chair of the Resilient Counties Advisory Board, vice chair of the Veterans and Military Services Committee, and vice chair of the Housing Subcommittee She was also elected to serve as the vice president of the Women of NACo organization.   
Saratoga County Supervisor Matt Veitch (Saratoga Springs) was appointed chair of the International Economic Development Task Force and vice chair of the Membership Standing Committee.
Warren County Supervisor Rachel Seeber (Queensbury) was named vice chair of the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee.

“Whether it's addressing the climate crisis or caring for our veterans, counties are on the front lines of some of the most pressing public policy challenges of our time,” said County Supervisor Tara Gaston (Saratoga Springs). “I'm honored and excited to bring my passion for these issues to the national stage and work toward solutions at the federal level.”

“International trade, particularly with partners like Canada, is critical to our state and local economies,” said County Supervisor Matthew Veitch (Saratoga Springs). “As Chair of the NACo International Economic Development Task Force, I look forward to helping strengthen existing relationships and create new opportunities that are beneficial to New York businesses and consumers.”

“New York has been at the forefront of recent changes to public safety law, and it is critical that our voice be represented at the national level,” said County Supervisor Rachel Seeber (Queensbury). “One of the core functions of a county is to ensure public safety through our local jails run by our sheriffs, courts, probation departments, public defenders and  district attorneys.” 

“New York's counties are on the cutting edge of innovation and leadership at the local level and have a wealth of insight to share with local leaders around the nation,” said NYSAC President Marte Sauerbrey. “I'm proud to see our Members be selected by the NACo leadership.  It is exciting to see NY members bring their creative vision and passion for local government and public service to NACo.”

NACo serves nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees.  Founded in 1935, NACo advocates for county priorities in federal policymaking, promotes exemplary county policies and practices, nurtures leadership skills, optimizes county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, and enriches the public's understanding of county government. 

The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), founded in 1925,  is an affiliate of NACo and works closely with the organization to advance priorities of New York's counties at the state and federal level. 

“As counties across New York State work to rebuild from the pandemic and respond to new and challenges and opportunities facing local government, it's critical to have strong representation in the nation's capital,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario. “Having county officials from New York State helping to guide advocacy at the National Association of Counties (NACo)  will help build better and stronger counties in our great state and around the nation.”
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