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Johnsburg Town Board organizes for 2013

Councilman questions town attorney appointment

Johnsburg Town Hall

Johnsburg Town Hall Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Johnsburg Town Board made quick work of its 2013 organizational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Wevertown Community Center, spending just 27 minutes gavel-to-gavel to approve a host of resolutions designed to give the board form and structure for the coming year.

Supervisor Ron Vanselow will serve as town budget officer. Vanselow appointed Gene Arsenault as first deputy supervisor and Arnold Stevens will serve as second deputy supervisor. Cherie Ferguson returns as town secretary. The board reappointed Danae Tucker as zoning enforcement officer and Billy Mosher as animal control officer. Town Clerk William Rawson reappointed Jo Ann Smith as deputy clerk. Smith will also continue to serve as town historian.

Most appointments, or reappointments as was the case with most, passed with little discussion and by unanimous vote.

About the only discussion involved the reappointment of Tony Jordan as town attorney. Councilman Peter Olesheski questioned whether Vanselow felt that Jordan was sufficiently accessible given the “multiple hats” Jordan wears. Earlier this week, Jordan was sworn in to another term in the state Assembly, representing the 113th Assembly District. Jordan has served in the Assembly since 2009 but his tenure as town attorney predates his election to the Assembly.

Olesheski made it clear that he wasn’t opposed to reappointing Jordan but wanted to make sure that Jordan was sufficiently accessible to town officials so that town business isn’t compromised by delays in getting responses from its town attorney. Vanselow responded that he felt Jordan was accessible and that the situation in 2012 had improved over previous years. Town Clerk Rawson said that like many attorneys, sometimes Jordan gets back to the town right away and sometimes it takes a while. Vanselow reiterated that in its arrangement with Jordan, the town reserves the right to seek outside counsel should Jordan not be available for whatever reason.

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