Baker named deputy town supervisor

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By Melanie Lekocevic

For Capital Region Independent Media

Town Councilman Daniel Baker, sworn into office Jan. 1, was appointed deputy town supervisor.

COEYMANS — Town Councilman Daniel Baker was appointed the town’s new deputy town supervisor at the Coeymans reorganizational meeting Jan. 1.

The town has not had a deputy supervisor for the past two years, during the administration of Town Supervisor George McHugh.

“This is something new,” McHugh said at the meeting. “I didn’t do this the past two years.”

The last time Coeymans had a deputy town supervisor was under the administration of former Town Supervisor Philip Crandall, when former Deputy Town Supervisor Thomas Dolan served in the role.

McHugh said it was time to fill the position once again. Both McHugh and Baker were elected on the same Republican slate in the 2019 election and took office at the start of 2020.

“When I first came back into office in January of 2020, I didn’t appoint a deputy town supervisor because I didn’t really know much about the board members at the time or who I would put in that position and if I in fact needed one,” McHugh said.

The appointment enables Baker to serve as supervisor in McHugh’s absence. Circumstances convinced McHugh the deputy’s position was needed at this time.

“Now that we have COVID and it’s ramping up even worse than it ever has been, there is no telling what might happen to the supervisor,” McHugh said. “So I think it would be negligent on my part, as a supervisor, not to have a succession plan in place if, God forbid, I come down with COVID or something happens where I am out of the office and I am the only one who can sign checks or run the day-to-day operations.”

McHugh selected Baker for the position.

“In my last two years on the town board, it became very apparent to me that we had a very good candidate for this position in Daniel Baker,” the town supervisor said. “I got to work with him for two years, I got to campaign with him for two years, and I got to know him. I feel very confident in making this appointment and I thank the town board for supporting that effort. I think we are doing the right thing for the town of Coeymans in making this position open again and putting him in it.”

The town board voted unanimously to approve the appointment.

Baker will receive an additional compensation of $3,500 a year for the added duties, on top of the $12,500 each town council member receives for serving in the post.

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