Cortlandville board honors outgoing town council member

Jay Cobb (left), Cortlandville’s outgoing town council member and deputy supervisor, was honored for his public service at Wednesday’s town board meeting. Cobb is retiring from the town board at the end of this year. Also pictured is town clerk Kristin Rocco-Petrella. (Photo provided Eddie Velazquez of The Cortland Voice).

Local leaders celebrated the longtime career of outgoing Cortlandville deputy town supervisor and public servant Jay Cobb at Wednesday’s town board meeting in the village of McGraw.

Cobb, a native of McGraw, started his life in public service as a firefighter in 1974 at the McGraw Fire Department. He climbed the ladder to become McGraw’s fire chief in 1989. He then served as the village’s mayor from 2005-2007. He joined the Cortlandville Town Board in 2020.

Cobb plans on continuing to be involved with town projects even after his retirement. 

Cortland County Republican Committee chair Connie White presented Cobb with a plaque from Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan’s office.

“This is a testament of his enduring commitment to the life of the betterment of the town and village,” White said.

Fellow town board member Jeff Guido also read aloud a resolution the board prepared for Cobb’s retirement.

“The town board does hereby acknowledge and thank Jay for his hard work, devotion and commitment to the town of Cortlandville as town councilman and deputy town supervisor,” Guido said.

Cobb said he was very proud of his time on the town board and what they’ve been able to accomplish.

“It has been a privilege,” Cobb said.