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Skaneateles mayor to not fill board vacancy

The village board of trustees will operate with four members for the first three months of 2014.

Mayor Marty Hubbard announced that he would not fill the impending vacancy on the village board at the board’s Dec. 12 meeting.

There will be a vacant seat on the five-person board due to Trustee Mary Sennett recently being elected town supervisor, which means she will have to resign effective Jan. 1. The village will hold a special election on March 18 to fill her seat. The newly-elected trustee will start on April 1 and serve the remaining three years of Sennett’s original term.

Appointing a temporary trustee could potentially give them an advantage in the race, Hubbard said.

“Hopefully without the appointment it will be fair and equal grounds for all parties,” he said.

Any village resident interested in running for the position needs to collect 50 signatures of village residents, who are registered to vote, between Dec. 1 and Feb. 11 to qualify for the ballot. The three-year trustee position will be the only item on the March ballot due to the village passing a law in 2012 to make elections only necessary in odd numbered years.

Village police to leave state accreditation program

Police Chief Lloyd Perkins told the board that he recommends the village police department go off of the state accreditation program for one year. The accreditation program, which is administered by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, is an optional program that is participated in by 130 of 560 police departments in New York, Perkins said.

Though it was an honor to get accreditation in 2005, the program is too large a commitment of time due to all the files the department has to maintain on a weekly and annual basis, he said. The accreditation paperwork requires five to six hours of work a week or $10,000 a year if the department were to hire an outside firm to handle the duties.

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