Essex County has new GOP elections commish

ELIZABETHTOWN – The Essex County Board of Supervisors greeted the county’s new Republican elections commissioner on Thursday.

Allison McGahay of Lake Placid steps into the role following the departure of Derinda Sherman last month. Sherman, of Westport, wasn’t reappointed because supervisors failed to meet a Jan. 14 deadline to act on a recommendation by the Essex County Republican Committee. The committee then accepted letters of interest for the position, and McGahay was the only person who responded.

McGahay recently stepped down from her position as an assistant district attorney with the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.

“I really appreciate this opportunity to serve the county again,” she told supervisors Thursday.

McGahay is originally from Massena, where her family owned an apple orchard. She moved to Lake Placid in the 1990s, working at Desperado’s restaurant and the Federal Correctional Institution in Ray Brook.

After she attended law school in Albany, then-Gov. George Pataki appointed McGahay deputy director of elections for the state Board of Elections. She was later promoted to special counsel for the state BOE.

McGahay returned to Essex County when she was hired by the DA’s office. She also works for Lake Placid lawyer Jim Brooks.

“I really do hope to make you happy with the Board of Elections,” she said. “It’s a very important election year this year because it’s local. Everything is local; everything affects us.”

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