Lynne Johnson gets unanimous support to stay as Legislature chairwoman
2 new legislators – John Fitzak and Ed Morgan – start their terms
ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature will continue to be led by Lynne Johnson of Lyndonville.
The owner of an accounting business was unanimously picked by the other legislators to remain as chairwoman. She has been in the role the past four years and was backed for another two-year term.
She has been a county legislator for 14 years.
Fred Miller, the only Democrat on the seven-member board, said Johnson serves the county well in the role.
“I’m happy with what she’s doing,” Miller said.
Johnson had the added responsibility of serving as interim chief administrative officer for over three months in between when Chuck Nesbitt left for a different job and Jack Welch started in March 2020.
Johnson also represents the county in weekly phone calls with an 11-county Finger Lakes group working on responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Johnson, Welch and Public Health Director Paul Pettit represent Orleans in those discussions.
Legislator Skip Draper said Johnson is an effective advocate for the county, pressing for more resources, whether vaccines, Covid tests or other funding.
“She’s done an outstanding job since she has been chair,” Draper said.
He praised her for pushing through important projects, including needed infrastructure, especially a wireless broadband expansion that has been a decade in the works.
Johnson said the Legislature is a great team. Bill Eick is the vice chairman and he has stepped up even more since he retired as a plant operator at Western New York Energy.
“I’m honored to continue as chairman of the Legislature and intend to lead our efforts on moving our community forward from the pandemic, even as we must continue to deal with new strains of the virus,” Johnson said. “We must rebuild and expand our economy and provide services to those in need. The key is to work together within the Legislature and with our partners outside county government to make the best uses of our resources.”
Johnson assigned legislators to the following committees:
- Public Safety (Sheriff, Emergency Management, District Attorney, Public Defender, Probation and Courts) – Draper, Allport and Johnson
- Health (Mental Health, Public Health) – Allport, Miller and Johnson
- Highway (Department of Public Works) – Eick, Morgan and Johnson
- Home & Community Services (Planning & Development, Tourism, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Soil & Water Conservation District, Historian) – Eick, Morgan and Johnson
- Economic Assistance & Opportunity (Social Services, Office for the Aging, Veterans, Youth Bureau, Elections, and Job Development Agency) – Miller, Fitzak and Johnson
- Administration & Finance (County Clerk, Real Property Tax Services, Computer Services, Employee Assistance Program, Personnel & Self Insurance, Treasurer, County Attorney, and Economic Development Agency) – Draper, Fitzak and Johnson
- Legislative (Chief Administrative Officer, Clerk of the Legislature, Fire Advisory Board, Off-Track Betting Corp., and Safety Committee) – Eick and Johnson
“You have a lot of work in front of you,” Johnson said after announcing the committee assignments.