Pat Meehan, former CWT leader, dies at 61

By Jay Braman Jr.
Patrick Meehan, 61, the supervisor of the Greene County Town of Windham and an original member of the Coalition of Watershed Towns, died Sunday as a result of complications due to hip replacement surgery.
Meehan made a mark in the region outside his town’s borders as an outspoken co-founder of the Coalition of Watershed Towns. Created in the early 1990s, the coalition was formed to fight a plan by New York City to impose crippling land-use regulations on the five-county watershed region and condemn private property for water protection purposes along the way. The coalition’s efforts stopped the city and led to the historic watershed deal signed in 1996. After that the coalition remained intact, as it is today, as a watershed advocacy group that regularly goes to battle with the city over watershed matters. Meehan presided over the organization for many years as chairman of the executive committee but stepped down in 2007.
Flags will be flown at half mast on all watershed county buildings, honoring Meehan, who was just re-elected supervisor to a 20th, two-year term this month, according to Greene County Legislature Chairman Wayne Speenburgh. The flags will remain so until Meehan is laid to rest. Services are not yet scheduled.
Windham town board members met on Monday afternoon with town attorney Larry Gardner to sort through the necessary legal realities. Councilman James Miltenberger, who has been deputy supervisor for several years and will now serve as acting supervisor as a result of the special session, told reporters Monday that he and all of Windham were blindsided by the tragedy.
Miltenberger is currently authorized to carry out all the duties of the supervisor, with approval of the full board.