Cicero's Judy Boyke speaks out

Supervisor discusses Jan. 4 meeting, hopes to put issues in the past

A "blind-siding" initial Cicero Town Board meeting, Supervisor Judy Boyke said was what residents witnessed Monday Jan. 4 "is not going to be a biweekly thing."

"We will have to come to a consensus of having a workable meeting that doesn't turn into a 'dog and pony show,'" Boyke said.

Several phone calls were made and two letters to the editor concerning the town's initial meeting were sent to the Star-Review in the following days after the meeting.

The recently sworn-in supervisor said she was unaware that her intentions to appoint the town's new engineer, attorney and comptroller would upset any of the board members because she didn't discuss the plans with everyone beforehand.

Boyke said she did an "informal" consult with her deputy supervisor, Jessica Zambrano, and Cicero Town Councilor Lynn Jennings.

Aware of Boyke's plans for appointment at the Jan. 4 meeting, Town Councilor Jim Corl said he was informed, but not included in the supervisor's decisions. Corl said he had a meeting with Boyke Dec. 29 to discuss the transition of the town board.

Although Corl was knowledgeable of the attorney and engineer appointments, he said he was not given the selection for the town comptroller's position during his meeting with Boyke.

Because of the "lack of communication" Corl said he experienced, he thought it was best to bring the issue to the public's attention during the Jan. 4 town board's organizational meeting.

"I think as taxpayers, they should know what the process of selection is," Corl said in regards for a Request for Proposal.

When asked why an RFP wasn't exercised during the last five years he has been on the board, Corl said there were no changes in the personnel within the town board's appointed positions for the last six years.

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