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Brasher receives five applications for vacant town board seat

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BRASHER FALLS - Five individuals have submitted their names for a vacancy on the Brasher Town Board.

Wednesday was the deadline for interested individuals to submit their applications to fill a seat that had been held by Margaret M. Burns, who died on Nov. 2.

“We have five. I didn’t know what to expect when you open it up. I had people speak to me orally who said they were interested, but didn’t put an application in,” Town Supervisor M. James Dawson said.

He and other board members - Deputy Supervisor William D. Demo, Councilman John M. Keenan and Councilman Mark Peets - will be interviewing the applicants in March, he said.

“We’re going to interview all these folks. I’m hoping we can get this done in March. It will probably be the middle to the latter part of March before we do the interviews,” Mr. Dawson said.

He said he would like to interview every candidate in one day and wants to ensure there’s unanimous support for whomever is appointed to the seat.

“I’d like to have a consensus where everybody agreesto have it unanimous,” he said.

Those interviews may or may not produce a new council person, according to Mr. Dawson.

“We may not choose any of them if we can’t come to a consensus,” he said.

If they select someone to fill the vacancy, that person will need to run in November’s election for the three years remaining on Mrs. Burns’s term. She was on the Nov. 5 for her third four-year term as a councilwoman and received 297 votes.

“If they want to run in the fall, let them get nominated by their respective parties and let the people choose. That way there’s no argument from the outside,” Mr. Dawson said.

Mrs. Burns had originally been elected in 2005, garnering the most votes among three candidates that year, and was also the top vote-getter among two candidates when she ran for reelection in 2009. She and Mr. Demo ran unopposed in the last election.

She was the first woman elected to the Brasher Town Board since the town’s founding on June 6, 1825, according to Mr. Dawson.

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