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Brasher meeting Friday to appoint new councilman


BRASHER FALLS - The Brasher Town Board will hold a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. today to appoint a new council member.

Supervisor M. James Dawson said board members interviewed five candidates earlier this week and were unanimous in their selection for someone to fill the vacancy created by the death of Margaret M. Burns on Nov. 2. The board has been operating without one board member since Mrs. Burns’s passing.

“I think it went extremely well. We have a candidate. We have a meeting tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 to officially pass a motion to appoint our candidate. He was very relaxed. He stood out,” Mr. Dawson said Thursday.

He said each candidate, which included three women and two men, brought something to the table.

“They all had their own strengths. I think they were all very sincere about wanting to serve. There might have been a little bit of an agenda, but a positive one in some cases, not a negative one,” he said.

The candidate they chose, who will be identified after his official appointment, spoke in part about keeping up the infrastructure in the town, Mr. Dawson said.

“A really big portion of what the town boards should be doing is keeping up the infrastructure,” he said.

Mr. Dawson said he has sent letters to the other four candidates, “thanking them for their desire to serve and their enthusiasm, and I wished them well.”

Prior to the interviews, which took place Monday, Mr. Dawson and Deputy Supervisor William D. Demo said they wanted to make sure that there was unanimous support for one of the candidates. They were all in agreement on their selection, Mr. Dawson said.

The new councilman will need to run in November’s election for the three years remaining on Mrs. Burns’s term. She was on the Nov. 5 ballot for her third four-year term as a councilwoman and received 297 votes.

Mr. Dawson said others who applied to fill Mrs. Burns’s seat this time around could also garner the support of their respective parties to run for the seat in November.

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.

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