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Colonie Town Board organizes for 2009

The Colonie Town Board conducted its annual organizational meeting, Thursday, Jan. 8, setting the stage for the town's upcoming business.

Many individuals were reappointed to town posts, but the position of sole assessor was filled with a new face, having Ron Monfils replace Chris Semon, who retired in December.

David Rosenthal, former superintendent of schools for the North Colonie School District, was appointed to a five-year term on the Zoning Board of Appeals, while James Campbell was reappointed chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals for an additional one-year term.

Michael Burick was appointed chairman of the Sign Review Board, while Victoria Breen and Dan Pekrol were appointed as members.

On the Planning Board, Jean Donovan was reappointed to a second term as Planning Board chairwoman. Last year, Donovan pledged to give up her salary as chairwoman, with the money going towards paying off the town's $19.4 million deficit.

Timothy Lane and Elena Viada were appointed to three-year terms on the Planning Board while another vacancy on the Planning Board was filled with Michael Sullivan. Sullivan's appointment came after Lane resigned from the position to which he was appointed to during a Special Town Board Meeting in December. The position was originally occupied by Terry Cosgrove in December, before Cosgrove resigned.

According to the Town Director of Operations Peter Gannon, after Cosgrove resigned, the Planning Board needed a member to replace Cosgrove immediately in order to have a quorum, as they were expecting a presentation from a company non-local to the area. So we had a Special Town Board Meeting and appointed Tim Lane, he said.

But Lane decided he wanted to serve a three-year term, so after the presentation, Lane resigned from his appointed position on the board and has now been appointed to a three-year term, leaving the unexpired term of one year open for the appointment of Sullivan.

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