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Members of the incoming Montgomery County Board of Legislators get a firsthand look at what they will be dealing with come January 1st. YNN's Barry Wygel attended the special session of the Board of Supervisors which gave the newly elected officials a taste of how county business is run.

FONDA, N.Y. -- It's uncharted territory.

"I'm excited and I'm a little nervous about it because there is a lot of work to be done," said Alex Kuchis, newly elected county legislator.

Resident will soon see the results of two years of votes. Those votes changed the county form of government to a board of legislators and elected people to those newly created positions.

"The results of the election were a rejection of the past and I want to heed that lesson," said John Duchessi, 6th district legislator elect.

Only two of the current members of the Board of Supervisors were elected to the new Board.

"I'm very positive with the group that we're working with including the executive," said Barbara Wheeler, who is currently serving and will continue to serve.

With January 1st rapidly approaching, change is in the air. Whether it is changing the names on the doors, of the number of chairs in the room, it's all being fueled by optimism. Both from the elected officials and the general public.

"I'm very excited. I think it's a new opportunity to serve Montgomery County," said Wheeler.

A lot of the initial work of the new board will focus on fine tuning the new county charter.

"Certain portions of the charter need to be revisited, some of the things are just technical in nature," said Duchessi.

"I don't think the day to day business of the county will be hampered that much. We're not going to mess with what's here to any great degree," said Kuchis.

All the legislators say they are working to ensure they will be able to hit the ground running on the start of the new year.

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