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New Kendall officials take the oath

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Tony Cammarata, Kendall’s new town supervisor, takes the oath of office while his wife Sharon holds the Bible during Tuesday night’s swearing in which was administered by Town Justice Debbie Drennan. Cammarata is retired from a 34-year career in sales with Georgia Pacific, a paper products and plywood company.

Tony Cammarata, center, presides over his first meeting as town supervisor. Other town officials include, from left: Councilman Patrick Snook, Councilwoman Lynn Szozda, Town Attorney Andrew Meier, Cammarata, Town Clerk Amy Richardson, Town Councilman Bart Joseph and Town Councilman Bruce Newell.

KENDALL – New town officials were sworn into their public offices on Tuesday, a new administration that includes Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata.

Cammarata is retired from a 34-year career in sales with Georgia Pacific, a paper products and plywood company. He succeeds Dan Gaesser, who didn’t seek re-election in November.

Cammarata began Tuesday’s organizational by thanking Gaesser for his service. The new town supervisor also thanked former Town Board members Dave Schuth and Donn Pritchard for their service. Their spots are now filled by Patrick Snook and Bruce Newell.

Bruce Newell, one of three new Town Board members, is sworn in. A Kodak retiree, he works as a business consultant.

Patrick Snook takes the oath. Snook works as an auto technician at Brockport State College.

Cammarata and the Town Board appointed one new town official on Tuesday. Andrew Meier is the town’s new attorney, replacing John Sansone of Lockport. Sansone was paid a minimum $750 monthly retainer. Meier of Medina will be paid a $600 monthly minimum.

Cammarata said Meier, who also works as municipal attorney for the towns of Gaines and Yates, is “extremely responsive.”

The board also approved a shared services contract with the Town of Carlton for Kendall’s assessor Gene Massey. Massey is scheduled to be paid $52,000 in 2014 with Carlton paying $30,000 of that salary plus a portion of the benefits. Massey will work for both towns, with more of his time in Carlton.

Some of the other appointments include:

Gay Smith as chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals (annual salary of $1,040); Raymond Wenzel as chairman of the Planning Board ($1,450); Barb Flow as director of youth and adult recreation ($13,525); Joseph Canale to the Youth Recreation Commission; Shirley Cataladi as Adult Recreation representative; and Kim Corcoran as town historian ($500).

The board also reappointed Paul Hennekey as code enforcement officer ($11,000) and Dan Strong as deputy codes officer ($7,700); Charles Patt as Custodian for Beechwood Cemetery ($500 a year); Walter Steffen Jr. as custodian for Greenwood Cemetery ($500 a year); Cheryl Cole as court clerk ($5,500 a year); and Nick Schicker as building maintenance worker at $11 an hour.

Wenzel will serve as Kendall’s representative on the Orleans County Planning Board, replacing Paul Gray who served in the role for nearly three decades. Gray didn’t want to continue in the position that pays $110 for the year.

The board also named First Niagara Bank as official depository for the town and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald as official town newspaper for public notices.

The salary for town supervisor is $8,400 a year with the four board members each paid $3,120. The two justices are each paid $7,500, while the town clerk has a $26,600 salary. The highway superintendent is paid $49,250.

Town Justice Debbie Drennan takes the oath from fellow Town Justice Stephen Cliff.

Town Justice Stephen Cliff takes the oath from Debbie Drennan.