After decades of public service to the residents of Hoosick, Lester Goodermote was elected in 2005 as one of two representatives of District 5. He joins Legislator Stan Brownell in representing the district, which comprises eastern Rensselaer County.
Goodermote served as Town of Hoosick Justice from 1985 to 2000, fairly deciding thousands of cases that came before him. His integrity and ability as judge was recognized when he was appointed to serve as Justice of the Village of Hoosick Falls.
Along with service and experience as judge, Goodermote also has considerable experience in the private sector and in finance. As a tax preparer, Goodermote handles the tax returns and related filings of 2000 clients.
He is also the owner of the popular Potter Hill Barn, a craft and gift store located on Route 7 that is a destination for many residents and tourists.
As a legislator, Goodermote plans to use his business and financial experience to reduce taxpayer costs, and to ensure needed county services continue to be provided. Protection of senior, veteran and youths will continue to be a priority. Goodermote also plans to focus on maintaining a quality county road system, and to promote and support farming and agricultural businesses, which continue to be the largest single industry in the county.
Along with maintaining and improving county roads, Goodermote said he wants to work on improving and modernizing equipment used by the county highway department.
As legislator, Goodermote serves as chairman of the Personnel Committee, which reviews staffing in county government. He is also the Chairman of the Local Government Committee, which reviews opportunity for the sharing of services between the county and local municipalities to save taxpayer money and to promote cooperation with various governmental agencies operating in the county.
Lester has lived his entire life in District 5, and was born in Hoosick. He received an associateís degree in Accounting from Hudson Valley Community College and a bachelorís degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany.