New Medina mayor, trustees sworn into office

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 April 2024 at 12:27 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Marguerite Sherman takes the oath of office on Monday as Medina’s new mayor. Her husband Jon Sherman holds the Bible while village clerk-treasurer Jada Burgess administers the oath.

Sherman took over as mayor on Monday following eight years of Mike Sidari in the village’s top elected position.

Sherman was on the board for 10 years as a trustee, as was the village’s deputy mayor. She is a retired special education teacher.

“I’m excited for this new board,” Sherman said after the swearing-in. “I think we will continue to do great things.”

Newly elected trustees Deborah Padoleski and Mark Prawel also took the oath on Monday for the start of their two-year terms. They join Diana Baker and Jess Marciano on the Village Board.

The group will be meeting several times this month to work on the village budget for 2024-25. That budget needs to be adopted by April 30.

The board will be busy this month working on the budget, which must be adopted by April 30. Budget workshops are scheduled for 5 p.m. today with DPW, 5:30 p.m. on April 11 with the fire department, 5 p.m. on April 16 with codes and the police department, 5 p.m. on April 17, 5:30 p.m. on April 18 and 5 p.m. on April 19.

Those meetings are at the Village Clerk’s Office on Park Avenue.

Debbie Padoleski is sworn into office while her husband Tom holds the Bible and Mayor Marguerite Sherman administers the oath. Padoleski is a former Medina village clerk-treasurer. She worked 41 years in the village office. She retired in June 2021.

The board made several appointments during the organizational meeting. The appointments are for one year unless otherwise noted.

  • Deputy mayor: Deborah Padoleski
  • Fair housing officer: Diana Baker
  • Village Historian: Todd Bensley
  • Clerk-Treasurer (2-year term): Jada Burgess
  • Deputy Clerk-Treasurer (2-year term): Miranda Herbert
  • Registrar: Jada Burgess; Deputy registrar: Miranda Herbert
  • 2 members to Zoning Board of Appeals for five-year terms: Luann Howe and Jamie Wagner
  • 2 members to Boxwood Cemetery Commission for 3-year terms: Nicki Fredericks and Mary Lewis
  • Member of Parks Committee for 2-year term: Chris Goyette
  • 3 members to Tourism Committee for 2-year terms: Jim Hancock, Kelly Kiebala and Janet Smith
  • Village attorney: Matthew Brooks
  • Official depositories for the village: Bank of Castile and J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Official newspaper: The Daily News in Batavia

The board set workshop meetings for the Village Board will be the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. with village business meetings the fourth Monday at 7 p.m. The meetings will be at the Senior Center on West Avenue.

Mark Prawel takes the oath as new village trustee while his wife Tina holds the Bible. Prawel is a retired Medina police officer who also owns and operate an auto repair shop.

Trustees were named liaisons to the following committees and departments:

  • Fire/Ambulance Advisory: Baker
  • Code Enforcement: Prawel
  • Employee Relations: Marciano and Padoleski
  • Town of Ridgeway: Marciano
  • Orleans County: Marciano
  • Boxwood Cemetery: Baker
  • Tourism Committee: Padoleski
  • Strategic Visionary Planning Committee: Prawel
  • Police Advisory Committee: Marciano
  • Police: Padoleski
  • DPW: Marciano
  • Clerk-Treasurer: Sherman
  • Town of Shelby: Baker
  • Parks Committee: Marciano
  • Joint Recreation: Padoleski, Marciano
  • Waterfront Development Committee: Prawel