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Recore named new Brasher councilman

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BRASHER FALLS - Wilfred Recore said he had been thinking about running for a political office when the opportunity arose for an appointment to the Brasher Town Board.

He still plans to run in November, but for the time being he has been appointed to fill a seat formerly held by Margaret Burns, who died in November.

“When Mrs. Burns died I said, ‘That’s too bad. I hope someone with her passion and drive runs,’” he said Friday afternoon prior to officially being appointed by town board members.

But then he began to think about it and wondered, “Why leave it up to someone else?”

The opportunity presented itself when town board members announced that they would take letters of interest from those who were interested in filling the vacancy.

“I saw the paper and sent in my letter of interest,” Mr. Recore said. “It was my intention to run in the first place (in this November’s election).

Five residents submitted letters of interest, and they were interviewed by town board members earlier this week. Town Supervisor M. James Dawson said there was unanimous support for Mr. Recore. Councilman John M. Keenan made the motion to appoint Mr. Recore, with Councilman Mark Peets seconding it.

A native of Malone, he moved to Brasher Falls about 10 years ago.

“I fell in love with Brasher Falls. I chose to stay here and raise our kids,” he said.

Mr. Recore is a behavioral specialist and citizens advocate with North Star Industries. He said he writes behavioral programs and does social behavior assessments and some in-house psychological evaluations. It’s a job he’s held for 28 years.

“I work with the developmentally disabled,”he said.

He said he’s honored to be selected for the position and plans to run on the Democratic line in November to fill the three years that remained on Mrs. Burns’s term. She had been reelected for another four-year term on the board in November, and his appointment expires this November.

Mr. Recore said he’s looking forward to serving the community as a board member.

“I have passion and a lot of life experience. I’m not looking to turn this world upside down. One reason I love Brasher is they’ve kept the taxes down. They’ve used their compact money wisely. It’s been a good board,” he said.

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