The Article 78 court case was never fully resolved because Wal-Mart dropped its Route 57 development plans in April 2008.
On the lighter side, Ward and her husband mixed village business with pleasure in 2003 when they celebrated their Oct. 10 wedding anniversary by visiting Liverpool, England. There Mayor Ward solidified the village's "sister city" relationship with the British port city at an afternoon tea with Lord Mayor Ron Gould.
Who will follow Ward as Liverpool's mayor? Chances are it will be another Republican because the Democratic Party has failed to field a candidate in any village election since 2001.
Last year, however, Republican Anthony LaValle waged a successful independent campaign for village Justice against GOP nominee George Alessio.
Joe Ostuni Jr., chairman of the village Republican Party, said this year's GOP Caucus will be scheduled between April 21 and April 28. No one has yet approached him about seeking the candidacy, Ostuni said Sunday, "but I've been talking with the trustees."
The four trustees, all Republicans, are Deputy Mayor Gary White, Jim Rosier, Nick Kochan and Dennis Hebert.
"But any registered Republicans in the village are eligible to run for office in our caucus," Ostuni said. Interested candidates should contact him at 457