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Skaneateles town board discusses goals for year, introduces new attorney

The new Skaneateles town board held its first meeting on Jan. 2. From left: Councilor Nancy Murray, Councilor Jim Greenfield, Councilor Connie Brace, Supervisor Mary Sennett, Clerk Janet Aaron. Not pictured: Attorney Tom Taylor and Councilor Claire Robinson Howard.

The new Skaneateles town board held its first meeting on Jan. 2. From left: Councilor Nancy Murray, Councilor Jim Greenfield, Councilor Connie Brace, Supervisor Mary Sennett, Clerk Janet Aaron. Not pictured: Attorney Tom Taylor and Councilor Claire Robinson Howard. Photo by Joe Genco.

The new members of the Skaneateles Town Board took their places for the board’s first meeting of 2014 on Jan. 2.

The meeting included the board’s annual resolution setting appointments and salaries. The board also introduced the new town attorney and gave an update on the code enforcement officer position.

Taking their seats on the board for the first time were Town Supervisor Mary Sennett, Town Councilor Claire Robinson Howard and Town Councilor Connie Brace.

Sennett introduced the new town attorney Tom Taylor. Taylor was picked unanimously out of a pool of nine candidates whom the board members interviewed in mid-December, Sennett said.

The position had been vacant since July when Pat Sardino resigned to take a job in New York City.

Taylor introduced himself as a Skaneateles-native who now lives in Baldwinsville, but still has strong ties to the community.

“I’m happy to be here. I consider this home and I truly do appreciate the confidence that has been put in me by the board and I hope that I can live up to your expectations,” Taylor said.

Taylor works for the Syracuse-based law firm Bousquet Holstein and deals with real estate real estate, banking, equipment leasing and financing, telecommunications, government relations, not-for-profit organizations and general business matters, according to the firm’s website. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Syracuse University.

The board’s annual resolution included appointments of town officials and board and committee members. Notable changes include Brace being appointed deputy supervisor, Denise Rhodes being appointed zoning board of appeals chair and Brian Buff being appointed highway department labor crew leader.

The board recognized and thanked David Graham who chose to step down after 30 years of service to the town including service on the town planning board and ZBA.

“Dave leaves some pretty large shoes to fill and he’s been a great leader to the board and a teacher not just to me, but I’m sure the entire board would agree that he’s led by example and we’ve learned so much,” said Rhodes, Graham’s successor as ZBA chair.

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