Liverpool: New mayor sworn in

As one of his first official tasks as Liverpool mayor, Gary White praised his predecessor, outgoing Mayor Marlene Ward, and presented her with a plaque and a floral bouquet.

White applauded Ward's "dedicated service to the village" during her four terms as mayor from July 2, 2001 to July 6, 2009, when he took over as Liverpool's 14th mayor.

For her part, Ward recalled the graduation ritual of "bequeathing" something to undergraduates.

"So I want to bequeath something to Gary," Ward said. "You have got the most wonderful staff, a staff that works together like a true engine, and they'll make your job easy because you'll always get 1,000 percent from every one."

Police Chief Bill Becker also presented Ward with a plaque of appreciation from his department.

"It's been a wonderful run," said Ward, the village's first-ever female mayor. "I loved it, I hated it, but I never regretted it. This is not really a threat, but I'm not going away. Anything I can do to help, I'm there."

After White took the oath of office as mayor, Village Justice Anthony LaValle also swore in new trustee Bob Gaetano and returning trustee Dennis Hebert.

In the June 16 village election, White, a Republican, prevailed over independent candidate Tom Stack by a vote of 291 to 154. Two other Republicans ran unopposed for seats on the village board. Republicans Gaetano and Hebert each ran unopposed.

The mayor's annual salary is $8,000, and trustees are paid half that.

Ever since he was elected as a trustee 12 years ago, White, a former deputy chief of the Syracuse Police Department, has acted as the board's liaison with the Liverpool Police Department, but at the July 6 board re-organizational meeting he appointed Trustee Jim Rosier as his replacement.

Trustee Nick Kochan, former chairman of the village planning board, was appointed deputy mayor.

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