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County Executive McCoy Named 2017 County Leader of the Year by American City & County Magazine

Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 12:51 PM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy was recognized today as 2017 County Leader of the Year by American City & County magazine, a trade publication for government leaders that serves the interests of officials nationwide. McCoy credited Albany County employees for their tremendous efforts on behalf of county residents and thanked them officially by naming today Albany County Employee Appreciation Day.

McCoy said this honor reflects on the quality of county government and how departments collaborate to address issues effectively. In presenting the award, McCoy was cited for the county’s Opioid Task Force and for its Equity Agenda, an initiative created to enable county departments to better serve low-income and disenfranchised county residents.

Derek Prall, Editor of American City & County magazine said: “As always, we were inundated with highly qualified candidates this year; however, McCoy’s nomination stood head and shoulders above the others’ in his category. His steadfast dedication to his community is clear, his qualifications are remarkable and his achievements are significant. American City & County is honored to present him with the 2017 County Leader of the Year Award.”

“I deeply appreciate this recognition,” said McCoy. “I firmly believe that it also shows the quality of the staff we have and how our departments work together to save lives, help people realize there is hope and provide needed services. With our Equity Agenda we are working together to make our government more efficient and useful for people in need.”

“Dan McCoy’s leadership is also recognized on the national level,” said Mike Griffin, Executive Director of the County Executives of America. “Dan’s peers across the country see his leadership qualities and call on him more and more to lead them through this trying time for local governments. He shows the vigor and intelligence to bring our organization the ability to master the complexities of intergovernmental relations.”

CEA is a national organization representing over 700 counties and city/ counties across the U.S.

The county opioid task force, a collaboration between the county executive and departments of Health and Mental Health, works to advance realistic solutions to the opioid crisis in the county. American City and County also recognized McCoy for Project Orange, a partnership launched earlier this year between the county, the Albany College of Pharmacy and locally owned drug stores that provides a way for people to dispose of unused opioid prescriptions.

The McCoy administration also issued an order in the county for a standing order for naloxone, an anti-overdose drug, allowing anyone to walk into a participating pharmacy and receive a kit. In addition, McCoy serves as co-chair of an opioid task force formed by County Executives of America, a national organization representing over 700 counties and city/counties across the nation.

McCoy’s office is working to share programs implemented by the county and provide legal advice for localities to sue opiate manufacturers and distributors for aggressive marketing and/or violations of state drug laws.

Each year American City & County honors public officials from across the county for their impressive accomplishments and outstanding leadership. The awards include the Municipal Leader of the Year, the County Leader of the Year and the Public Works Official of the Year.

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