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Joyce Morency, supervisor of the town of St. Armand. Photo: Nathan Brown, courtesy of <a href="https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Joyce Morency, supervisor of the town of St. Armand. Photo: Nathan Brown, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saying goodbye to a veteran Adirondack lawmaker

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One of the North Country's veteran politicians passed away this week. Joyce Morency, the long-time town supervisor in St. Armand near Saranac Lake, was 77 years old.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Joyce Morency passed away in Potsdam where she was staying with her daughter after a long battle with cancer, according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Everything Joyce did was scrutinized more than any other chair because she was a woman. -Teresa Sayward, NY State Assemblywoman
First elected in 1981, Morency was one of the first women to find a place in Adirondack politics.

 She went on to chair the Essex County board of supervisors and also chaired the Essex County Republican Committee.

In an interview with the Enterprise, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward described Morency as a pioneer.

“Everything Joyce did was scrutinized more than any other chair because she was a woman,” Sayward recalled.  “Her first year was a lot of having to prove herself over and over and over again.”

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau issued a statement calling Morency "a fearless and unrelenting advocate" for her community."

 

 

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