North Syracuse mayor resigns

Deputy Mayor Diane Browning appointed for remainder of month

North Syracuse Village Mayor John Heindorf announced his resignation to his fellow co-workers Tuesday morning Jan. 19.

Heindorf was elected the 21st mayor of the village of North Syracuse in June 2003. He served as a village trustee from 1991 to 1995 and also from 2001 to 2003.

Although the Star-Review is awaiting a response from Heindorf, North Syracuse Village Clerk Nancy Fortin said his resignation dealt with some retirement and pension issues concerning his long-time job in the railroad industry. Heindorf was contacted Jan. 20 by phone as he is no longer at village hall.

Deputy Mayor Diane Browning said she was called into Heindorf's office Tuesday morning so that he could share the news with her and appoint her as mayor for the reminder of January.

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday Jan. 20, Browning has officially taken over as mayor of the village of North Syracuse.

"I did not really expect this," Browning said. "I am still surprised that this happened."

The village board of trustees will have to appoint a mayor to serve through June at its next regular meeting to be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 28 at the village Community Center.

After a mayor is appointed, that person will also appoint a new trustee to fill the vacant position, Browning said.

When asked if she would consider serving as mayor past Jan. 28, Browning said she is "confident in serving as mayor through the 28th and past that time," she would "need some time to think."

"So much has happened in just 24 hours," she said. "The board will have many decisions to make in the next two weeks."

Browning said she has had the village's Senior Advocate program at the top of her priorities for a long time and does not want to lessen her focus in that arena.

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