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New Scotland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, January 3, 2008

Dolin at helm
Unanimous votes for New Scotland appointments

By Melissa Hale-Spencer

NEW SCOTLAND — Despite the snow that fell New Year’s Day, the wheels of government turned smoothly in New Scotland. At 1 p.m., as scheduled, elected officials took their oaths of office, raising their right hands as family members held Bibles.

The ceremony was over by 1:15 after town Judge Margaret Adkins was sworn in for a second term by her friend, Victoria Graffeo, who sits on the state’s highest court.

After that, the meeting room at Town Hall was abuzz with conversation as the crowd — including kids dressed in their best — spilled out into the corridor. Hugs and handshakes punctuated the talk as knots of well-wishers clustered around the newly-sworn-in leaders.

By 1:30, just a score of onlookers remained as the town board convened its annual reorganizational meeting. That, too, went like clockwork and was over in 20 minutes.

Supervisor Thomas Dolin, a Democrat, presided crisply over his first meeting. He had bested Republican Councilman Douglas LaGrange by 35 votes after incumbent Ed Clark announced his retirement. LaGrange is now the sole Republican on the board. Democrats Richard Reilly and Deborah Baron retained their seats, easily beating their Republican challengers.

There was no discussion on any of the appointments made Tuesday afternoon, and all of the votes were unanimous save for one — Councilwoman Peg Neri abstained on the vote that reappointed her husband as counsel to the zoning and planning boards.

"Happy New Year. We look forward to a healthy and happy 2008," said Dolin at the close of the meeting. Addressing the gallery, he concluded, "You’re all welcome to come back...We’ll do our best to justify your confidence."

"Are these going to be your long meetings"" LaGrange asked Dolin. "I would have voted for you," he quipped, as laughter filled the room.


The town board accepted or made these appointments:

— Richard Reilly as deputy supervisor, without pay;

— Robert Parmenter as town historian;

— Deborah Baron as liaison for senior programs, schools, and libraries;

— Thomas Dolin as liaison for assessing, building, audit and finance and town properties;

— Douglas LaGrange for the comprehensive plan and as co-liaison to the planning and zoning boards;

— Peg Neri as liaison for water, economic development, the New Scotland Historical Association, the Clarksville Historical Society, and village inter-municipal relations;

— Richard Reilly as liaison for youth and recreation, parks and highway, and the public safety committee, and co-liaison for the planning and zoning boards;

— Carol Cootware as deputy town clerk;

— Victoria Seymour as deputy registrar, without pay;

— Carol Cootware as sub-registrar, without pay;

— L. Michael Mackey as town attorney;

— Lori-Ann Saba as recording secretary for the planning and zoning boards;

— Lou Neri as counsel to the planning and zoning boards;

— Robert Stapf as chairman of the planning board;

— Jo Ann Davies as alternate member of the planning board;

— William Hennessy as chairman of the zoning board;

— Lance Moore as alternate member of the zoning board;

— Paul Cantlin as town constable, without pay;

— Katy Bogart, James Coffin, Robert Cook, Jo Ann Davies, Karl Dedrick, Anthony Genovesi, Katie O’Rourke, and Kevin Phelan to the water committee, without pay;

— Parks Superintendent Darrell Duncan, Eileen Bates, Ann Biese, Jean Bourque, and Pat Geurtze to the recreation committee, without pay;

— Commissioner Doug Miller, Deputy Commissioner Darrell Duncan, Richard Berger, David Briscoe, John Layton, Larry Pakenas, Craig Shufelt, Will Smith, Fred Spaulding, and William Stone to the public safety committee, without pay;

— Chairperson Liz Kormos, Senior Citizen Coordinator Susan Kidder, June Alberts, Betsy Bates, Karla Flagel, Andrea Gleason, Brian Gould, Beth Stewart, Norma Walley, and Robert Wisniewski to the senior advisory board, without pay;

— Kevin Schenmeyer as dog warden captain;

— Jim Conde as dog warden;

— The Altamont Enterprise as the official newspaper;

— Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. as the town engineering advisor;

— First Niagara Bank as the depository for funds, and Key Bank N.A., CLASS, and M&T Bank as alternates;

— Melanie Ernst as the confidential secretary to Dolin at a rate of $19.28 per hour at 37.5 hours per week;

— Mary Miller to assist during the 2008 tax season at a rate of $12 per hour; and

— Donald Duncan as custodian.

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