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Jefferson County Legislator Scott A. Gray joins JCIDA board

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WATERTOWN — Jefferson County Legislator Scott A. Gray has been appointed to the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency’s board of directors.

Mr. Gray, a Republican who represents District 13 in the city, will serve as the county liaison on the JCIDA board, filling a vacancy created by Legislator Michael J. Docteur, R-Cape Vincent, who stepped down at the end of 2013.

Mr. Gray, who has served five terms as chairman of the county’s Finance and Rules Committee, is the owner of Gray’s Flower Shop. The small business has locations in Watertown, Carthage, Fort Drum and Clayton.

David J. Converse, chairman of the JCIDA board, said Mr. Gray’s experience as a county legislator will make him an asset as the board makes economic development decisions.

“Mr. Gray has been a longtime community leader in our county, and we look forward to working with him as a member of our board for the benefit of economic development in Jefferson County,” Mr. Converse said in a release.

Also praising the JCIDA’s move to appoint Mr. Gray was Carolyn D. Fitzpatrick, chairwoman of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators.

“As a senior member of the board and chairman of Finance and Rules, Scott has an outstanding track record for common sense financial decisions,” Mrs. Fitzpatrick said in a prepared statement. “Scott also has a great ability to work with others and bring consensus, especially during times of adversity. The JCIDA board members will find him to be a go-to guy when it comes to making the best choices for Jefferson County.”

Other members of the JCIDA’s seven-member board of directors are Vice Chairman Kent D. Burto, Treasurer Michelle D. Pfaff, Secretary W. Edward Walldroff, Donald L. DiMonda and Urban C. Hirschey.

JCIDA board members are also members of the Jefferson County Local Development Corp.’s board of directors, which functions as a separate entity.

This fiscal year, the agency changed its bylaws to allow up to four additional representatives on the JCLDC board, enabling up to 11 members. The two JCLDC board members who were appointed this winter are John H. Jennings, plant manager at Great Lakes Cheese, Adams, and Daniel L. Estal, vice president of manufacturing at Car-Freshner in the town of Watertown.

The agency still seeks to fill two remaining seats on the JCLDC board.

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