October 1, 2013

Three former town supervisors pass away


---- — ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County lawmakers are mourning three beloved former town supervisors, all of whom died within the last week.

The Essex County Board of Supervisors observed a moment of silence Monday for Charles Maddison of Newcomb, Dorothy Madden of Jay and Adolph Diskin of Ticonderoga.


Mr. Maddison, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 25.

His calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home in Schroon Lake. Graveside services with military honors are at noon Wednesday at Newcomb Cemetery.

He was Newcomb town supervisor from 1980 to 1989, during some of the county’s most turbulent times.

Under Mr. Maddison’s watch, the county voted to build its own landfill instead of going with the regional trash-incineration plant in Hudson Falls.

Membership in the burn plant cost Washington and Warren counties millions of dollars when it was discovered that contract fine print required them to cover any monetary losses at the facility.

Essex County has since left the landfill business and now sends its trash to the Franklin County Regional Landfill.

Mr. Maddison was also supervisor when the county decided to build a new courthouse and office building in 1988 next to the existing county complex in Elizabethtown.

He was a member of Newcomb Town Council before he became supervisor.

Supervisor George Canon took over for Mr. Maddison when he left office and is still Newcomb supervisor.

Canon said Maddison was a great help to him over the years.

“He was my mentor,” Canon said Monday. “We worked very closely.”


Dorothy “Dot” Madden, 81, died Saturday, Sept. 28. A Mass of Christian burial is set for 11 a.m. today at Holy Name Church in AuSable Forks.

She was appointed Jay town supervisor when Supervisor Thomas Douglas died in March 2000 and served until the end of that year. She did not seek election to the post, and Thomas Douglas’s son, Randy Douglas, is the current Jay supervisor.

“Dorothy Madden was a dear friend to my entire family,” Randy Douglas said. “She served as my dad’s deputy supervisor from from 1998 to 2000.”

He said Mrs. Madden was well respected and loved by the entire community.

“I never heard anyone say a bad word about Dot Madden. She will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with her.”

Mrs. Madden was also a member of the Jay Town Council in the 1970s and was the longtime director of the Essex County Public Health Department before becoming supervisor.


Adolph “Dolph” Diskin, 97, was Ticonderoga town supervisor from 1982 to 1987.

His services were held Monday at the Regan-Denny-Stafford Funeral Home in Queensbury.

Mr. Diskin was Essex County Republican election commissioner from 1989 to 1999 and was a Ticonderoga Village Board trustee in the 1960s.

He received the Liberty Bell Award from the Essex County Bar Association for his work as election commissioner.

“Dolph was a wonderful man,” Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Debra Malaney said. “He had such a gentle nature. He will be missed by the entire community.”

Mr. Diskin operated the Diskin Scrap Metal Co. in Ticonderoga for more than 60 years before his retirement.

Resolutions to honor all three individuals were unanimously passed Monday by the Board of Supervisors.

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