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

— He mentioned some cases in which the court system has helped people quit drinking and get their lives on track. Greenman went on to say that even though some people have questioned whether or not the court is worthwhile, he believes that it’s one of the village’s greatest assets.

“It’s the only court that has enough time to spend with our younger people, or with people in trouble that need a hand,” he said. “I think it’s a treasure and I hope it will be kept for a long time.”

Greenman wrapped up his goodbye by thanking the mayor, the trustees and Manlius village court clerk Janet Stanley, who has recently taken a job to fill the vacancy at the town of Manlius.

“There’s a lot of money that goes through the courts- it’s a very important job,” Greenman said. “In one year, the town of Manlius had $120,000 stolen, and you realize how important it is to have somebody you trust in that position- I can’t thank Jan enough.”

Finally, he thanked acting justice Bill Barrett, who will be starting his term as village justice on April 1. Greenman said Barrett asked him to be his acting justice for one year and that if it was okay with the board; he would like to accept the offer. The board saw no problems with the appointment and Greenman was then met with a standing ovation by all 30 or so audience members.

Serafin

Mayor Serafin saved his report for last and began by thanking trustees Krouse and Natalie Miner, who were also at their last meeting on the board, for their two terms of service and hard work. Serafin recalled the “unique and adventurous journey” that was his experience in village government, which began when he became a member of the planning board in the mid- 2000s.

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