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Democrats seek applicants for posts

This month's elections will create two holes in Kenmore village government to be refilled by appointments.

The election of Patrick Mang as mayor will open a Village Board seat, while that of J. Mark Gruber as a Town of Tonawanda justice will leave the village justice position vacant.

Village officials will take office in December.

The appointments of their successors by the Village Board will be good only until next November, when elections will be held to fill the year remaining in each term.

The village's Democratic Party, meanwhile, is seeking residents interested in either slot.

Applicants should contact Patrick J. Bannister by calling 874-2955 after 5 p.m. before Nov. 21.

Under state law, part-time village justices don't have to be lawyers. But all justices must be trained, and a written exam is required for nonlawyers.

"Being a lawyer would be helpful," Bannister, chairman of Kenmore's Democratic Campaign Committee, said Monday. "If you're a nonlawyer, you're kind of starting behind the eight ball; you have a little catching up to do."

Village justices have limited jurisdiction in civil cases as well as Family Court issues. They also preside over landlord-tenant proceedings; misdemeanors, violations and infractions; and arraignments and preliminary proceedings involving felonies.

What is the party seeking in a village trustee?

"It would be nice if we could get some more women interested in this," Bannister said.

"It's an at-large appointment," he continued. "It's nice to have all corners of the village represented on the Village Board."

"We are not looking for somebody to necessarily agree in lockstep with the people on the board, but people who can work together, have new ideas, come to a consensus."

Such appointments typically are made at the Village Board's reorganization meeting in December. But R. Timothy McCarthy was not appointed to fill the trustee vacancy created by the departure of Michele M. Iannello for the Erie County Legislature until four months after the 2005 elections.

Filling the village justice job is the more time-sensitive of the two, however, since Gruber will be heading to Tonawanda Town Court in January. The village has an appointed acting justice to serve as a substitute.

"It really requires two people," Bannister said. "There's some need to get that rolling as soon as possible."


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