Edward Bartholomew, former Warren County official and Glens Falls mayor, dies

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WARREN COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Warren County Board of Supervisors put out a statement Wednesday morning offering their condolences to the family of Edward Bartholomew, former EDC Warren County President and a face of local and state politics.

Bartholomew passed away late Tuesday.

EDC Warren County, which fuels economic and business development in the county, had been led by Bartholomew since 2012. The county said he saw development projects grown to completion through a mix of strong work ethics and numerous valuable contacts in the region. He also served as CEO of Warren County Local Development Corp.

Bartholomew served two terms as Glens Falls mayor, 1978-85, and as the city’s economic/community development director. He also served in New York legislature under then-Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.

“Ed was the go-to guy for economic development in Warren County, and much of what has been accomplished here over the last five decades can be attributed to his hard work and dedication,” said Frank Thomas, Stony Creek Supervisor and Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors. “Ed’s passing is a tremendous loss for our area and he will be greatly missed. His presence, work ethic and institutional knowledge will be impossible to replace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his partner, Maggie, and family.”

More recently, earlier in the summer Bartholomew had helped secure a motorcycle helmet manufacturing facility in Queensbury to bring new jobs to the area.

“Throughout the COVID-19, Ed was a fixture at economic response and recovery meetings and was an integral partner in stabilizing the future of Warren County’s local economy post-pandemic,” Warren County Administrator Ryan Moore said.

“Words cannot describe the grief we all feel today. Ed was not only a trusted leader but a trusted mentor to me and so many other people,” said Matthew Fuller, chair of the board of directors of EDC Warren County. “Ed didn’t see obstacles, he saw opportunities, and our entire region will forever
be grateful for the countless contributions he made. His efforts cannot be replaced. As heavy-hearted as we are today, we will carry the EDC torch in Ed’s honor.”

Bartholomew also spent time as a founding member of the FUND for Lake George, which works to protect lake water and advise homes and businesses along the lake. A statement from FUND Chairman Jeff Killeen and Executive Director Eric Siy praised his work in getting aid for the village’s wastewater treatment plant, as well as work in protecting village water quality.

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