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April 15, 2014

Essex County names new deputy counsel

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County saved several thousand dollars when it replaced longtime Deputy County Attorney Michael Gallant.

Gallant retired April 7, and Essex County lawmakers replaced him with David Scaglione of Willsboro at $62,500 a year — $13,005 less than Gallant made.

“It’s actually going to save money on my 2014 budget,” County Attorney Daniel Manning III told supervisors recently. “David currently does our child-support work. This would be in addition to his child-support work.”

The County Board of Supervisors unanimously named Scaglione to the post, while also honoring Gallant with a resolution and plaque.

Gallant became a deputy county attorney representing the County Department of Social Services in 2000. Much of his casework involved indigent clients in Essex County Family Court child-custody and child-support cases.

“During his tenure … he’s provided assistance and aid to innumerable children and families in need,” Manning said of Gallant.

“He’s regarded by his peers as an attorney with the utmost competency, integrity and character.”

Gallant, who said he has appeared in Family Court for 25 years in various capacities, told supervisors he appreciated their support.

“I’ve enjoyed working with everyone.”

Manning said Scaglione will also assist his office with some of its general cases.

“He will be also be aiding me in any additional work that I need to be done, and he will continue with his current child-support enforcement matters.”

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