Saratoga County

Halfmoon supervisor to chair county board in 2019

Honoring senior citizens, maintaining tight budget among priorities
Town of Halfmoon Supervisor Kevin Tollisen
Town of Halfmoon Supervisor Kevin Tollisen

The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors will vote later this week to install Town of Halfmoon Supervisor Kevin Tollisen as the 2019 chairman of the board.

Tollisen was elected to the position of Halfmoon Town Supervisor on November 5, 2013.  Prior to becoming supervisor, Tollisen began working for the Town of Halfmoon Parks Department on March 1, 1988 while attending Mechanicville High School.  He became a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals on Jan.1, 1994, and, on Feb.7, 1995, he filled a vacancy on the Planning Board until he became a Town Board Member on January 1, 1998.

Tollisen graduated from Mechanicville High School in June 1990 and graduated from the College of Saint Rose in 1994 with a degree in History and Political Science.

He then attended Albany Law School and graduated in May 1997. 

He worked at Overton, Russell & Doerr Law Firm for three years and, in Oct 2000, he became a partner of the Carola, Bagnoli and Tollisen Law Firm. 

From November 2002 until April 2013, he served as Town Justice for the Town of Halfmoon. In October 2007, he became co-owner of Park Avenue Confectionary. 

Tollisen has served as an honorary member of the Halfmoon Senior Center since 1995 and is a current member of the Halfmoon Celebration Association, a position he has held since 1990.

He has also been on the Board of Directors for Bishop Hubbard Senior Housing since 2001 and initiated the Character Counts Program while serving on the Town Board. Tollisen is a member of Temple Baptist Church in Halfmoon.

Tollisen, who served as vice-chair of the board in 2018 said on Sunday his priorities as chairman would include paying tribute to senior citizens in Saratoga County as well as maintaining a tight budget.

Senior citizens, Tollisen said, are a large part of all towns in Saratoga County, and the county already has various resources that senior citizens can access, including the Saratoga County Office For The Aging.

Tollisen expects that the board will plan events centered around senior citizens, possibly to be held in the early fall.

“2019 is going to be the year of the senior. We’re working on details for that.” Tollisen said.

“It’s going to be a good year. It’s going to be very active in involvement with the supervisors,” Tollisen said.

Ed Kinowski, supervisor of the Town of Stillwater and current chairman of the board of supervisors, highlighted some milestones the board hit while he served as chairman, including the creation of the Paul Lent Public Safety Facility in Saratoga. 

Kinowski served two terms as the board’s chairman.

“Our past Chairs can certainly look back at Saratoga County’s progress through the years with a gleeful smile; but like them, I now know the challenges they faced and sacrifices they made. Looking to our future, I am proud to say, we have the needed talent, both Elected Officers and fulltime staff, to meet the needs of our County; and particularly a new Chair,” Kinowski said on Sunday. “So, at this point, I am very happy to turn over this position, when approved by the board,  to Supervisor Kevin Tollisen from the Town of Halfmoon. Kevin possesses a wealth of talents and professional skills sets essential to leading our Board throughout the coming year.”

The vote will be held at a meeting on Jan. 3 at 4 p.m.


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