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Messina takes the oath

Messina said one of his top priorities during his first week in office would be to sit down with all department heads to identify where the town's priorities lie. He said that there are about 15 major initiatives that have reached the point of requiring major decisions by the town.

He also said he plans to identify ways to reduce costs while advancing and completing the town's comprehensive plan, and said that nothing else is more important than this long-range budgeting tool.

But above all else, Messina said his goal in the next two years would be to keep the door to his office open and to work with other members of the Town Board to make the decisions that are best for Bethlehem.

"Most ideas don't come from supervisors, they come from staff, they come from the community, and I'm going to work to move those ideas forward," he said. "I will make mistakesbut the thing is, I'll try to do more right things that wrong things."

Messina, a member of the Independence Party, will see his party hold the majority on the Town Board at the entity's first organizational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Democrats Kyle Kotary and Mark Hennessey will be relegated to the role of the minority party.

Messina was endorsed by the Republican and Conservative parties,

Messina said that the appointment of the deputy supervisor, who would act in the event of the supervisor's absence, would come sometime during his first week in office.

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