Otsego County's Board of Representatives enters 2018 with new leadership, a nearly perfectly-split board and ambitious goals that could mean historic change for the county.
"It's a $110 million budget. We need somebody full time, county manager, county executive, whether it's elected or appointed and what their duties would be..." said new Board Chair, Dave Bliss. It's Bliss' second year on the board. He served as Middlefield Town Supervisor for 24 years. He says putting a county leader in place won't be easy.
"If you're going to have an executive, you have to rewrite the county charter, it has to go to public referendum," said Bliss, adding that it would be a few years before a county executive or manager would be in place.
Bliss isn't worried that seven democrats, six republicans and one conservative nearly split the board up the middle.
"I'm pretty confident in our ability for team building....we all have the same goals. Regardless of what party you're in, everybody wants open transparency, we want economic development, we want to protect the environment, jobs."
It's Meg Kennedy's first time chairing admin. and budget committees.
"The economic development is a real priority. I would love to see the broadband buildout and see some funding for that," said Kennedy.