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DELMAR: Cunningham is new town boss

In his comments before moving to adopt the resolution to appoint Cunningham, Plummer said that he thought Cunningham would make an excellent town supervisor, citing his roots in the community, his judgment and work ethic.

Board member Kyle Kotary , a Democrat, echoed Plummer's sentiments, calling Cunningham an "active community leader" who possesses exceptional experience and leadership abilities.

"I think we had a great leader over the last couple of years, and I think we'll have a great leader over the next couple of years," said Kotary.

Sam Messina, an Independent, said when he was deciding to accept a role as a town board member, a friend offered this piece of advice: "If you want to be on the board, do it only if you're interested in service."

Messina said that friend was Jack Cunningham.

Messina said he reviewed Cunningham's resume in preparation for the April 12 appointment, and what struck him about Cunningham was his schooling, "top-notch experience" and his continued professional and personal growth.

Board member JoAnn Dawson, an Independent, kept her comments brief, but said she was confident Cunningham had the capacity and experience to serve as supervisor.

In accepting his new position, Cunningham said he is committed to ensuring Egan's goals of protecting the quality of life in the town and ensuring smart growth. Cunningham said one of his primary goals would be to use his experience as an IT professional to streamline technology in government offices to reduce costs and increase efficiency. Another one of Cunningham's stated goals, he said, is to see the proposed Vista Technology Park in Slingerlands through to its conclusion.

"I think everyone here agrees that Terri sets a very high standard and is a tough act to follow," said Cunningham. "I hope that I meet all your expectations in my role as town supervisor.""

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