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Ossenfort ready to hit the ground running

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It's been a busy month in Montgomery County. The current Board of Supervisors is getting ready to turn power over to a newly elected board of legislators and county executive. YNN's Barry Wygel sat down with the man voters in Montgomery County elected to lead them through the change to see what the transition process has been like.

FONDA, N.Y. -- For Matt Ossenfort, some of the decisions have been easy, like picking out a new desk. Others, a little harder, like setting priorities for his first term.

"I think everyone is ready to hit the ground running. I've had both Democrat and Republicans who have called me up and said 'Matt, we're ready to work you," said Matt Ossenfort, Montgomery County Executive Elect.

Elected this past November, Ossenfort and the new nine member board of legislators will take over operations of the county on January 1st.

"The biggest challenge is prioritizing what needs to be done," said Ossenfort.

Working within the tough fiscal constraints of the county, Ossenfort says the new structure of government will allow the county to make progress on issues previously hampered by bureaucracy.

"Rather than 15 people running county operations, there is one person running county observations, who is working together with a county legislature," said Ossenfort.

Right now, in the wake of the election, Ossenfort says public opinion and enthusiasm is on their side. That's something he, and the board of legislators, will work hard to keep.

"I think it is incredibly important that we inform everyone that we inform everyone on what is going on so that way, when we do need to have public support, they understand how this fits in with the bigger picture," said Ossenfort.

Ossenfort says he is working to establish a good team to work under him, so when those hard decisions do come to his desk, he will have help to rely on. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP