Wampsville, N.Y. - Madison County officials are mourning the loss of longtime Madison County Board Member James V. Rafte. Madison County Board Chairman John Becker said the following in a statement released late Saturday afternoon, “The Madison County Employees and Board of Supervisors send their condolences to Jim’s family. I worked with Jim for 10 years and he was always a true gentleman and statesman, he will be missed.”
Becker said Rafte served Madison County, the City of Oneida, and the Madison County Board of Supervisors for 48 years.
Becker says during Rafte's tenure he saw the Madison County government grow from scattered services throughout the county to the modern campus in Wampsville, NY. He also oversaw the construction of the county jail, administrative building, the department of social services and the solid waste department campus. Rafte served the constituents in Wards 4,5, and 6 of the City of Oneida from 1962 to 2016.
Becker says as chairman of the Planning, Economic Development, Environmental and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Rafte was instrumental in establishing the Madison County IDA, a consolidated agency to support and encourage business development in Madison County. He added, while on the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee he oversaw the development of innovative programs such as the creation of the materials recycling facility in partnership with the Madison-Cortland ARC, the establishment of a 100-year plan approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for disposal of solid waste and assisted with the implementation of a gas-to-energy facility.
Becker finished his statement with the following, "From the Madison County Employees and Board of Supervisors, thank you Jim for all that you did for Madison County."
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