"I wouldn't want those to not go forward because we didn't take action," he said.
Messina said he believes filling one seat would send an appropriate message to residents.
"It strikes a balance between fiscal awarenessand going to seven people," he said.
Messina also expressed concerns that town Democratic Committee member Coffey will join other fellow committee members on the planning and zoning boards.
Hennessey said political affiliation should not outweigh the candidate's quality.
"We need to consider a broad range of balancing factors in our appointments," he said.
Coffey is an administrator at the Albany County Nursing Home and a North Bethlehem resident. He said he applied for the post to become more involved in town government and also to give his part of town a voice.
"I echo what was said tonight about people feeling not being a part of the Town of Bethlehem," he said after the meeting.
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