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Mayor Serafin, Judge Greenman say goodbye at an emotional Manlius village board meeting

— Manlius Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin took his seat at the head of the table for the last time on March 26 at the village board meeting. In an uncharacteristically short meeting, which lasted only 55 minutes, the board covered a few quick topics, but Judge Joe Greenman’s and Serafin’s goodbye speeches easily stole the show as the highlights of the evening.

Greenman approached the board to suggest the hire of a new bailiff, Leo Capria, Jr. Trustee Eric Krouse asked if the job had been posted, and Greenman responded that in 34 years, the court had never posted a job. The board then decided to hire Capria temporarily so that he would be ready for court on April 11, but in the meantime, the court should post the job online for 60 days and hold interviews before deciding on a permanent employee.

Greenman went on to say how his job as village justice had been a huge part of his life- he’s lived in Manlius for 34 years, and besides for 2 months, he has been involved in the village the whole time. Greenman was appointed by Arkie Albanese as acting village justice 34 years ago, was elected judge six years later and has been holding the position ever since.

He told the board that the types of cases he’s been seeing have changed over the years. When he started, he said there were mostly seeing traffic cases and alcohol- related offenses. Within the last 15 years, the village court has had “everything you could find in the city of Syracuse, but on a smaller scale.” Greenman added that about 75 percent of the cases were drug or alcohol related in some way.

“Some people think ‘Oh, we’re the village of Manlius, we’re the suburbs and we’re supposed to be above that. Well, we’re not,” Greenman said.

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