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B'ville: Mayor O'Hara resigns

Baldwinsville Mayor Dan O'Hara resigned at the end of last Thursday's village board meeting.

His resignation follows his recent appointment to the position of the director of the New York State Fair by Governor Spitzer. O'Hara served as mayor of Baldwinsville from 1995 to 2001 and from 2005 to last Thursday.

"I am looking forward to a great career at the state fair," O'Hara said.

O'Hara was a key component in the revitalization of Baldwinsville and its waterfront with projects like Paper Mill Island, the Southwest Shore and Sergei Yevich trails, and most recently the South Shore East Trail. He also recently suggested consolidation of services for the village and two towns, with a possible consolidation of all three municipalities.

Despite his departure, the consolidation efforts will continue as the village board voted in favor of soliciting funds to begin an evaluation process in regards to the consolidation of the municipalities. Prior to Thursday's decision to pursue funds, the board had voted down the proposal with a 3-3 split vote.

Before trustees voted to accept O'Hara's resignation, the mayor gave the board the following advice.

"Just make sure that you don't let those that have idle minds in this community over influence your ability to manage government," he said.

Trustees accepted O'Hara's resignation with regret and congratulated him on his new position.

The next general village election will be held March 20. Until then, Deputy Mayor Rick Presley will be the acting mayor for Baldwinsville.

Three residents have announced their intent to run for the mayoral position. Joe Saraceni, who currently serves as a trustee on the village board; Bruce Stebbins, who also serves as a trustee on the village board; and resident Jon Alvarez.

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