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Hamburg mayor explains absences

Hamburg Village Mayor Curt S. Herrmann has been keeping a low profile lately -- real low.

Herrmann, who is not seeking re-election next month, has missed five of the last eight Village Board meetings.

He said Thursday that two of the absences were due to his father's illness and one because he was sick himself.

He said he missed the Nov. 21 meeting because he was deer hunting and Monday's session because he was on a personal trip out of town.

"It's not a case of not wanting to show up and it would not have been different if I was running" for re-election, Herrmann said.

He said there were no big issues at either meeting he skipped and he has not heard any complaints.

"When it comes to my family [his father], that has to come first," he said.

Daniel S. O'Connell, a trustee and deputy mayor, presides at meetings in the mayor's absence and said Herrmann has been handling day-to-day affairs and attending many other meetings.

"The Village Board meetings are the most visible part of the job but there is plenty of other work that Curt has been handling," he said.

Trustee Thomas P. Tallman said the illnesses were beyond Herrmann's control but they combined with the planned absences in a relatively brief period.

Trustee Paul G. Gaughan declined to comment and Trustee Laura P. Hackathorn could not be reached.

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