G ranville Supervisor Rodger Hurley died Tuesday morning from a heart attack en route to Glens Fall Hospital.
He was 70 years old. Just months into his second term after winning a nail-biter election that came down to counting absentee ballots, Hurley called 911 about 8:30 a.m. complaining of chest pains. Hurley was taken by ambulance to Glens Falls Hospital by Granville EMS, but died en route, officials said.
Hurley had been a resident of Granville since 1969. Hurley was recalled by many as a tireless worker for Granville and Washington County.
“He will be missed, he did a lot for Granville,” Granville Town Board member Matt Rathbun said after hearing the news while working Tuesday morning.
“I consider him a friend and a colleague. We used to have great discussions about Granville and the role of politics in the community. I know that he always wanted the best for the community and he didn’t have a personal agenda, he always wanted what was best for Granville,” Granville Village Mayor Jay Niles said.
Board colleagues reacted to the news as well.
“Washington County mourns the untimely death today of Granville Supervisor Rodger Hurley. Although only beginning his third year on the Board of Supervisors, Rodger was a fierce champion for the citizens of Granville, an advocate for efficiency in county government and a leader in attempting to address the myriad of issues affecting county government and its citizens,” board chairman and Easton Supervisor John Rymph said Tuesday.
Hurley served as the chairman of the Agriculture, Planning and Tourism and Community Development committees and as a member of the Community College, Finance and Personnel and Public Works committees.