NY's Youngest Town Supervisor On Job For 6 MonthsPosted: Updated:
On weekends you can catch Alex Hammond making music. During the week, you can find him making town law at meetings as Waddington town supervisor. As New York's youngest town supervisor, being on the job has only strengthened his belief in the possibilities.
“When you come back here and see the wealth of resources we have with this river and this small community, people love it here. And people will love it here if they ever get here,” said Hammond.
Revitalizing historic Main Street and utilizing the riverfront are the key, he says, and citizen input will be crucial.
“Just being able to listen and realize you're not the new sheriff in town. You're not the person who's this know all, end all,” he said.
When he took office at age 21 in January, Hammond was the youngest town supervisor in the state and tied for the youngest ever. He was still in college at Cornell.
Everybody is used to the idea of a 21 year old town supervisor now. But it wasn't that way last year when the campaign was revving up.
But there were believers out there. Hammond was victorious. Mark Scott, a businessman and a former town supervisor himself, says he thinks he knows why.
“They were looking for something new, you know. And he brought an energy to the community that we hadn't had in awhile,” said Scott, owner of Artworks Creperie.
Hammond sees hope already along Main Street. The restoration of the 1884 town hall is going great. The new pavilion on the water is a big attraction. He thinks Waddington is getting its rhythm back.