Brescia remains Orange Legislature chairman for 2019

Orange County lawmakers reelected Steve Brescia as their chairman this month, giving the longtime Montgomery mayor and Orange’s longest-serving county legislator his sixth year at the helm of a Republican-dominated Legislature.

Brescia succeeded fellow Republican Michael Pillmeier as chairman in 2014 after Pillmeier retired and now commands a 21-seat chamber on which Republicans widened their majority to 15 last year (there are five Democrats and one Independence Party member). He has been a legislator for 25 years and mayor of the Village of Montgomery for 29 years.

Lawmakers also re-elected Katie Bonelli of Blooming Grove as the Republican caucus leader and Mike Paduch of Scotchtown as the Democratic leader.

After Brescia, who took office 1994, the three county legislators with the longest tenures are Paduch, Republican Leigh Benton and Independence Party member Michael Amo, all of whom took office in 1998.


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