Her voice cracking as she finished her statement, Harrison Mayor/Supervisor Joan Walsh took a moment to say thank you to the people she has served for the last four years.
After decades in public office, from town clerk to mayor/supervisor, Walsh will leave her post Jan. 1 when newly elected Ron Belmont takes office.
"It has been an honor and a priveledge to serve you," Walsh said, fighting back tears.
Belmont (R) defeated Walsh (D) 2,852 to 1,643 during the November election. On Thursday Walsh wished her successor the best of luck taking in office during what continues to be a difficult economic time.
"I wish Ron the very best of times, that he gets the bery best advice and makes very wise decisions," Walsh said. "I hope and pray that Harrison will prosper in the coming years."
The outgoing supervisor said she still has concerns about the town moving forward, issues including taxes and staffing levels that are sure to lead to difficult decisions moving forward.
"Ron Belmont and his board face very difficut decisions," Walsh said. "Spending will have to be reduced even more, to a sustainable level, something that is never easy. Otherwise debt and taxes will grow and people and businesses will leave."
Walsh stressed that despite losing the election, she is leaving office "with a smile" and is ready for her retirement.
Belmont will be sworn into office during a ceremony on Jan. 1. 2012.