I write this week’s update with a heavy heart after hearing of the unexpected passing of Town of Jay resident and Essex County Emergency Services Director Max Thwaits III.   I have known Max for several years starting with our involvement with the Jay Volunteer Fire Department and now working together at county and town levels through various situations.  He was always there to lend a helping hand or advice during emergencies, during recovery, or just stopping by on his way home to drop off COVID tests.  Thank you for your dedication and everything you have done. You may be gone, but will never be forgotten!

Amnesty Day was well received as we got a lot of compliments from residents.  I would like to thank DPW Director Kevin Lincoln and his crew for changing their schedules to work this event.  I would also like to thank Code Enforcement Officer Robbe Baer for suggesting and working the event.  We hope to continue with Amnesty Days in the future to help clean and keep our town looking the best it can.

The Town of Jay/Black Brook Youth Commission has its monthly meeting tonight, September 20th at 6pm at the Town of Black Brook offices.  These meetings are usually the 3rd Tuesday of each month and are open to the public if you are interested in attending.

Lastly, I would like to remind you about the Adirondack Harvest Festival is September 24th 12:00pm – 5:00pm at the Essex County Fairgrounds.  The festival is FREE to attend, and offers a full day of family fun, with a farmers’ market, live music, farm animals, workshops, kids’ activities, beer, mead and wine tent, local food trucks, and much more.  For more information, visit

Have a great week,