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Albion mayor and deputy mayor bid adieu

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 March 2014 at 12:00 am

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ALBION – Two village leaders were treated to a cake and fanfare on Wednesday when both Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheehan, left, and Mayor Dean Theodorakos attended their last board meeting as current elected village officials.

Sheehan served as a village trustee for eight years. He was unable to run for re-election because of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from running in partisan elections. Sheehan was recently hired as a maintenance mechanic for the VA in Batavia.

Theodorakos was the village mayor the past five years. He chose to not seek re-election citing the demands of a full-time job in Rochester as a senior accountant for Kodak. He also wants more time with his grandchildren.

The mayor and deputy mayor both said the village has made progress updating old infrastructure. The village has upgraded its sewer plant, sanitary and storm sewers, and overhauled some roads, most notably at Meadowbrook Drive, McKinistry Street, East State Street and Crimson Drive.

Theodorakos said the village has experienced a lot of recent investment, including in the downtown, and along routes 31 and 98. Some local merchants have invested in the village, and some national chains – Kentucky Fried Chicken, Advance Auto Parts and soon Dunkin’ Donuts – have picked Albion for businesses.

Dean London, Albion’s former police chief, will become mayor effective Tuesday. Two other new trustees – Stan Farone and Gary Katsanis – also will join the board. Farone will take Sheehan’s spot while Katsanis fills the vacancy created when Fred Miller became a county legislator on Jan. 1.