Legislature Appoints Jeff Wysocki as New District 5 Legislator
The Rensselaer County Legislature voted to appoint Jeff Wysocki at the March 16 meeting to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Lester Goodermote from the Legislature, Chair of the Legislature Stan Brownell announced.
Goodermote announced his retirement last week after battling health issues for several months. Goodermote had recommended Wysocki, a farmer who serves on the Hoosick Town Board, as a successor when he announced his retirement.
The vote to appoint Wysocki was unanimous.
“Jeff has a great understanding of the issues facing eastern Rensselaer County, and also has Lester’s blessing to succeed him. This allows the Legislature to get back up to full strength without delay, and appreciate the ,” said Brownell.
Legislators said Wysocki’s service as Hoosick Town Board member and as a farmer and lifelong resident make him well-prepared to serve as a legislator. The Wysocki family has farmed in Hoosick for years, with the Wysocki Farm situated on the Hoosac River near Hoosick Falls High School.
“I have known Jeff and his family for years, and he will be a good addition to the Legislature. I look forward to working with him on farming and agricultural issues, and also working to improve county roads and other services important to rural residents,” said Majority Leader Ken Herrington.
“We have a record of staying under the state tax cap for each of the past six years, improving services and creating new jobs. We look forward to working with Jeff on these important issues,” said Vice Chair of the Legislature Alex Shannon.
Brownell and Goodermote each represented District 5, which includes the towns of Hoosick, Petersburgh, Grafton, Berlin and Stephentown.
Goodermote was elected to the Legislature in 2005, and re-elected in 2009 and 2013. Prior to serving as legislator, he served as judge in Hoosick and is owner of a tax preparation firm and gift shop.
The Legislature usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month. The March 14 meeting was postponed to March 16 due to the heavy snow in the area.