ZBA appointment triggers ire

Sausville said later the board had been discussing the appointment, and he had hoped the discussion would result in an appointment of a candidate that each of the board members could agree to. He identified other qualified candidates who happened to be present at the meeting, including Carol Henry and Tara Thomas, who had both submitted their names for consideration.

Young said she was pleased to be selected to serve on the ZBA.

"I was informed of the vacancy," said Young. "I didn't know it was available and expressed my interest in it."

Young said her interest in the alternate position stems from the same reason she has always volunteered to serve the town.

"I care deeply about the future of Malta," she said.

Following her appointment, Young was immediately put to work. She spent most of the afternoon of the following day reviewing information for her first ZBA meeting, which took place the next evening.

Alternate Kevin Cronin was appointed without issue last month to the ZBA following the resignation of longtime ZBA member Doug Waring.

Appointments by the town board have no established protocol. For some appointments, the board has publicly asked for rEsumEs. Those who submit letters of interest may or may not be interviewed by the town board members. In other instances, the board has appointed people to various volunteer committees within the town without announcing the vacancy or the new position. Not all appointments have required interested residents to submit rEsumEs and participate in interviews.

"There are no formal guidelines for appointing people to committees," said Councilwoman Donna Gizzi. "Perhaps that would be helpful.""

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