For the last 18 years and counting, dairyman Lawrence Wilcox has been one of them. The Oxford native said he had no aspirations of entering politics when, after college and a stint in the Air Force, he returned to his hometown and became the fourth generation to farm his family’s dairy. All that changed around 1979, when he was asked to serve on the town’s planning board.
“It’s been a steady progression from there,” the Republican said.
In 1989, he assumed a seat on Oxford’s town council and, in 1998, he was elected to his first term as town supervisor. It is an office he will continue to hold for at least another four years based on the outcome of last week’s election, where he defeated opponent Fred Lanfear by a count of 581votes to 338.
It was one of the hottest races in the county, as Wilcox is not only Oxford Town Supervisor but also chairman of Chenango’s Board of Supervisors. The 23-person board governs the county and administers its nearly $90 million budget.
The structure – which includes a representative from each of Chenango’s 21 townships and two from the city of Norwich – was once commonplace throughout New York, but has become a rarity. According to the New York State Association of Counties, Chenango is one of but 8 counties outside of New York City still administered by an elected legislative body. The other 49 either elect a county executive or appoint a manager or administrator, whether by charter or county law…
Written by Melissa Stagnaro, Evening Sun Contributor. Read the full article at evesun.com.