Johnsburg appoints interim town justice

The town of Johnsburg court is located at the Wevertown Community Center.

The town of Johnsburg court is located at the Wevertown Community Center. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Vanselow reminded the board that anyone appointed would still have to stand for election in a year.

“But they would have the power of incumbency,” Vanselow said.

After some additional discussion, the board coalesced around the notion of appointing someone right away.

The town had a formal letter of interest from Vincent Schiavone, who wrote of his experience working with the court system and also his tenure as a law instructor at the college level.

Both Stevens and Councilman Eugene Arsenault remarked favorably about Schiavone’s legal experience and his service to the town, particularly with the Youth Commission. Vanselow said he was pleasantly surprised by the extent of Schiavone’s experience working with the court system.

A second individual, Drew Hayes, attended the meeting and read his own letter of interest to the board. After reading the letter, Hayes explained that he doesn’t have any formal legal experience but that he is an Eagle Scout, has served on the Youth Commission and is a graduate of the Junior Leadership Program.

“I’m very active in the town,” Hayes said. “And I love the law.”

After some additional discussion, Stevens put forth a motion to appoint Vincent Schiavone to the position of town justice to serve until Dec. 31, 2013 and the board approved the motion unanimously.

Vanselow urged Hayes to stay involved in service to the town and suggested he file petitions and run in the election for the town justice position. Vanselow offered to assist Hayes navigate the petition process if Hayes so desired.

The Johnsburg Town Board will meet next at 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the Wevertown Community Center.

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