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Canton Town Board seeks replacement


CANTON— Residents interested in appointment to the Town Council have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to submit a letter of interest to the town clerk.

Instead of leaving the seat vacant until the November election, the town board is considering appointing a replacement for Councilman Clark H. Carvel, who resigned from the board last week.

Town Supervisor David T. Button said the appointment would run through Dec. 31.

The seat will be up for election in November, when interested candidates would run for the remaining three years on Mr. Carvel’s four-year term.

Mr. Button said the consensus among board members is that it’s important to have all five seats filled as soon as possible rather than wait until January, when the election winner will take office.

“We’ve got so many things going on we felt it would be helpful if we had one more person,” Mr. Button said. “I’ve been contacted by a few people who are interested, and we anticipate more people will come forward.”

The town is involved in applying for state money through the Consolidated Funding Application and soon will be auditing its various departments.

Mr. Button, the sole Republican on the board, is joined by three Democrats, James T. Smith, Daniel G. Fay and Paul Backus. Mr. Carvel, also a Democrat, has moved to Albany.

People interested in the appointment also should be interested in running for the seat in November, Mr. Smith said.

“That’s what we’re looking for,” he said.

Town residents who want to run on the Republican line can begin circulating nominating petitions immediately for the Nov. 6 election. If more than one Republican seeks the office, they would compete in a Sept. 13 primary. Republican petitions have to be submitted to the county Board of Elections Office between July 9 and 12. A minimum of 88 signatures from registered Republicans is required.

Democrats will hold a caucus in the fall to select their candidate for the seat.

Residents interested in the seat should submit their letters to Town Clerk Lisa A. Hammond, Municipal Building, 60 Main St., Canton, N.Y. 13617.

Applicants are asked to include the reasons they’re interested and experiences and education that might qualify them for the position. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the town board. A daytime phone number and an email address should be provided with letters of interest.

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