Galway Town Supervisor Paul Lent died Friday in an agricultural accident on his Galway farm.
State police said Lent, 65, was “conducting agriculture work on his property when his tractor overturned and pinned him.” Lent died from injuries suffered in the afternoon accident.
Lent was pronounced dead by the Saratoga County Coroner’s Office.
He was director of Saratoga County’s department of emergency services during the 1980s and a former member of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. As a member of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, Lent served on the Public Safety, Public Works, Public Health and Equalization and Assessment committees.
The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department posted condolences on the department’s Facebook page Friday night. Sheriff Michael Zurlo said he was saddened to hear about Lent’s death.
“I’m still shocked,” Zurlo said Friday night. “I’ve known Paul for 35 years and he’s been a great friend. I’ve been sheriff for four years and Paul was a big supporter of myself and the department for the past four years. He will be missed by everybody here.”
Zurlo said Lent worked with the Sheriff’s Department during the 1970s.
“He was very dedicated to the men and women of emergency services and also my department,” Zurlo said.
Members of the Board of Supervisors were notified about Lent’s death.
“Paul was a dear friend,” said Stillwater Supervisor Edward D. Kinowski, the Board of Supervisors’ chairman. “He was a wonderful supervisor for his town and the county.
“He was very knowledgeable, incredibly helpful, nothing but accolades,” Kinowski added. “That’s important to say.”
Clifton Park Supervisor Phillip Barrett liked working with Lent.
“He was always very professional, a man of many talents,” Barrett said. “He had a great deal of care for his community and the county.”
Lent displayed one of those talents, Barrett said, by working on Saratoga County’s public safety communications system.
“He was instrumental in executing the county’s upgrade of the communications system,” Barrett said. “That was a huge project, a multi-million dollar project, and he did a great job with it.”
As chairman of the board’s Public Safety Committee, Lent favored the construction of a new public safety building in Saratoga County. He also was a part of the committee that discussed body camera equipment for sheriff’s deputies.
Lent also was a former cellular industry consultant.
Charlton Supervisor Alan Grattidge said he and Lent often worked together. He said Charlton and Galway share an ambulance district; the Harmony Fire District covers Charlton and parts of Galway and Milton
“It’s a shock to get this kind of news,” Grattidge said.
He said Lent was also involved with horses and the Saratoga County Fair. “He was very community-minded and was a real big part of the community,” Grattidge said.
State police said emergency responders from the Harmony Corners Fire Department and Galway EMS also rushed to Lent’s farm. Troopers had released no further details about the accident late Friday night.
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