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Newly elected layout plan for Lysander

— Even though the outcome of this year’s town election was decided yesterday, the winning Lysander First group isn’t wasting any time getting to work.

“We’re very grateful to all the people of Lysander including Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives and Independents, who crossed party lines to create positive change,” said John Salisbury, the town’s supervisor elect. “Although our new term doesn’t begin until the first of January, it’s time to get to work now. The voters of Lysander expect and deserve nothing less.”

Salisbury is the first Democrat ever elected to the office of supervisor in the town of Lysander.

“Our immediate next step is to identify a councilor candidate to replace Brian May when he completes his term on the town board at the end of the year,” said Andy Reeves, town councilor elect.

May, a town councilor, was elected yesterday to represent the county’s first legislative district, which includes the town of Lysander.

“We wish Brian the best in his new role and look forward to working with him beginning next year. But in order to find a worthy replacement by the end of this year, we need to start looking for qualified candidates right now,” Reeves said.

“The people of this town have given us a clear mandate for change and we intend to deliver. But, we also owe them a smooth and seamless transition from one administration to the next. That’s why we announced yesterday that we’re organizing a post-election transition team composed of interested and capable people from our town, regardless of party,” added Melinda Shimer, who was also elected town councilor.

According to Reeves, beyond filling May’s position on the town board, the transition team will also consider potential approaches for quickly making key town roles available to the most qualified candidates and key town contracts subject to competitive bids.

“Although our opponents implied that we would wipe the slate completely clean, this was never our intention. We are focused only on those roles, both appointed and contractual, that should have been competitively filled years ago, like engineering and animal control contracts, and of course, town attorney. The rest of the folks in town hall will continue to work well, as long as we just get out of their way and let them do their jobs,” Reeves said.

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