As an observer of county government, I can't help but wonder who would be the next County Legislature Chair should Ken Blankenbush get elected to the Assembly....I see Ken's prospects as 50-50, maybe a tad better depending on what happens from here on in.
There was a time four or five years ago when Scott Gray would be considered, but as the Legislature's most despised colleague, I don't see that happening.
Seems the one on the fast track is District 8 Legislator James Nabywaniec...He has been the point man on the County's nursing home initiative and seems to be the first among equals during lawmaker gatherings at local watering holes.
Mr. Nabywaniec comes from the district with virtually no voters because it is just about all contained on Fort Drum. He runs the "buy here, pay here" car lot called TimeBuyer...The one with the cute woman getting people to recite their slogan for fifty bucks.
He seems to have the right connections and if he is perceived as successfully closing the county adult home, that will be a talking point and a nexus for moving up the food chain.....
Legislators Mike Behling, Carolyn Fitzpatrick and Phil Reed are also possible contenders for the top slot on the Board.