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Eileen Banker takes the oath as new Albion mayor

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 April 2018 at 7:50 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Eileen Banker takes the oath of office today while her grandson, Connor Wlliams, holds the Bible. Linda Babcock, the village clerk/treasurer, administers the oath to Banker, who was elected on March 20.

Banker was previously on the board for eight years as a trustee. She succeeds Dean London, who didn’t seek re-election.

Eileen Banker smiles while her grandson, Connor Williams, holds the Bible and she says the oath of office.

Banker works as the chief of staff for Assemblyman Steve Hawley. She said the board will be especially busy the next month putting together the village’s budget for 2018-19.

Banker and the two other victors from last month’s village election – Stan Farone and Gary Katsanis for village trustees – were all sworn into office at 6 p.m. today. Then the Village Board held its organizational meeting and approved a list of appointments, including.

• Banker named Gary Katsanis as deputy mayor. She had served in that role the previous four years.

• Appointed Linda Babcock as village clerk/treasurer, registrar of vital records and the fair housing officer, all for two-year terms;

• Named Mary O’Sullivan as the deputy clerk/treasurer and deputy registrar of vital records;

• Reappointed John Gavenda as village attorney for two years;

• Named Christine Buongiorne to another five-year term on the Village Planning Board;

• Appointed Chris Kinter to a five-year term on the Zoning Board of Appeals;

• Named the following to the Recreation Committee: Carly Ward, Michael Beach, Terry Wilbert, Saul Harrison, Annette Finch and Bernie Baldwin;

• Appointed Kim Pritt to the Historic Preservation Commission;

• Elissa Nesbitt was appointed as the mayor’s representative to the Hoag Library board of directors;

• Named the following to the Grievance Committee: Carol Tibbits, Pam Davies and Lisa Hicken;

• Appointed Ron Vendetti to serve as the village’s disaster coordinator;

• Named The Daily News of Batavia as the official newspaper to carry legal notices;

• Set the mileage reimbursement rate at 50 cents.

(Editor’s Note: An earlier story had Kim Pritt as the mayor’s representative on the Hoag Library board. Elissa Nesbitt will serve in that role for the mayor.)

Stan Farone, a village trustee the past four years, signs the oath of office for a new four-year term.

Gary Katsanis says the oath. He was previously on the board and is returning after a two-year break. He and Farone were both elected as trustees on March 20.

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