Addressing Supervisor Jack Cunningham, Messina said, "Jack, I want to thank you for doing a top-notch evaluation."
In a conversation prior to the meeting, Councilman Kyle Kotary said he, too, was pleased with Traylor's appointment.
"I was very happy with the decision to choose Suzanne," Kotary said. "She was recommended by Judi, and I think she'll do a great job for us here in town."
Traylor stood up with her family at her side as a crowd at Town Hall cheered and applauded after she got the full support of the board to begin working as the new comptroller.
Cunningham thanked Kehoe for her service to the town and for helping out on a part-time hourly basis during the current budget process. He also wished Traylor well in her new post with the town and said he was looking forward to working with her.
"We're just really excited to find the person with the highest qualification," Cunningham said.
As an active Bethlehem community member, including the 20/20 Advisory Committee co-chaired by former supervisors Theresa Eagan and Ken Ringler, Traylor described herself as a friend and a colleague of Kehoe's and said she learned about the comptroller opening from her.
"When Judi stepped down, she told me about the opening," Traylor said. "I'm looking forward to starting tomorrow [Sept. 11]."
The town has already held some budget workshops and are continuing to prepare next year's budget.
"Her resume was superb, and we're all excited to work with her," said Councilman Mark Hennessey after the meeting. ""