SARATOGA SPRINGS: Peace for Israel

"I'm sorry to see Ed go, but that's a decision he made to see things go smoothly," said McTygue.

Franck said this and future administrations should continue to use Lenz as a resource.

"First, I'd like to thank Ed Lenz," said Franck before casting his affirmative vote. "I don't believe he wanted to step down, but he did what he thought was best for the board. I would strongly recommend that Ed Lenz be appointed again should the opportunity arise. I think that his experience would be invaluable, especially to someone like Adam."

Keehn made it a point to say she didn't feel that Lenz was coerced into leaving the nine-member board to make room for Israel, although a motion to increase membership of the DSAD board from nine to 11 was struck from the agenda when Israel's appointment passed.

As for Israel, he said he is grateful for the appointment.

"I think it's great that the City Council could come together on this," he said after the meeting.

When asked about the row his initial nomination caused, Israel had a genial attitude. "You know, I can see why some of the council wanted to keep Ed Lenz on the board. He's a great resource, and I'll probably seek him out for advice whether he's on the board or not."

Lenz could not be reached for comment.""

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