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Gale returns as Moira leader

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MOIRA – Cindy Gale was appointed Thursday as the Moira town supervisor for the 2014 year, filling a vacancy created when Supervisor-elect Burton Peck IV said he would not assume office.

Ms. Gale was town supervisor but opted not to seek re-election in order to run for Franklin County clerk. She lost in the November election to Kip Cassavaw.

Moira town officials could have appointed James Begor, the runner-up in the November town supervisor race, or any town resident the board deemed qualified.

But after the town board was sworn in at Thursday’s reorganizational meeting, which included new board member Darrin Jock, Town Councilman Lindsay Rockhill made the motion to appoint Ms. Gale again as supervisor.

All were in favor.

“We reviewed our options,” noted Moira Town Councilman Marty Burnett.

Mr. Peck had been elected to the position in November, but stepped down in December before taking office to give his full attention to his new job as principal at Massena’s J.W. Leary Junior High School. He was appointed to that post last month.

Mr. Peck beat Mr. Begor 333-158. Mr. Peck would have held the supervisor position for two years.

If Ms. Gale had run for supervisor, she would also be serving a two-year term, but because she was appointed, rather than voted in, she will hold the position until the next general election in November.

“[Town Clerk Kathleen Laramay] is going to double check with the [state] Board of Elections to make sure that’s what it is,” Ms. Gale said.

However, Mr. Burnett said that’s what has been done in the past.

“She will finish that term out for the year until the next general election, which is normally held afterwards, no matter what that position is,” he said of those who are appointed.

Moira Town Councilman Wayne Brockway said he was glad to have Ms. Gale on board again.

Her annual salary is $10,000.

Mr. Peck will start his new position as principal on Jan. 21.

He currently serves as a business and English teacher at Massena Central High School.

Mr. Peck said in December he appreciated the community’s support that enabled him to win the supervisor’s seat, but noted that he didn’t feel it was “ethically right” to take on both positions.

“They’re two huge learning curves,” he said in December. “I would take both of them very seriously and they would require my full attention.”

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