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Update: Hired YES coordinator withdraws application

An applicant the Town Board appointed last week to the position of Youth Employment Services coordinator has withdrawn her resume from the town.

The Spotlight learned after last week's paper went to press that Kristen Hanifin had withdrawn her name from consideration. The hiring was noteworthy because the town planned for Hanifin to spend additional time working with staff to increase visibility for the town's recreational opportunities and seek out new grant opportunities in addition to the coordinator job.

Supervisor Sam Messina said Hanifin did not provide a specific reason for withdrawal.

She just thanked us and that's it, he said.

The YES coordinator is tasked with helping town youth find part-time work with residents and businesses. That job has been handled by an interim coordinator who will continue to do so, said Messina. He said he was unsure how the town would approach the vacancy now.

"I haven't talked that over with [Parks and Recreation Department Administrator] Nan [Lanahan] yet," he said.

The following story appeared in the Nov. 3 edition of The Spotlight:

Town expands YES job

Hennessey says new duties undefined, process closed

Town leaders are hoping a new employee will be able to help in ways her position didn't previously cover.

The Bethlehem Town Board on Wednesday, Oct. 27, voted 4-1 to hire Kristen Hanifin to fill the position of youth employment services coordinator. But rather than work the roughly eight hours per week her predecessor did, Hanifin will be working an additional 12 hours with town staff to help publicize the town's recreational opportunities and search for grants.

The YES coordinator is dedicated to helping the town's youth aged 14 to 21 get matched up with area residents or businesses in need of part-time help. But Supervisor Sam Messina said Hanifin's experience as director of marketing for the New York State Canal Corporation could provide the town with a valuable skillset.

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