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Kelahan is resigning, moving family to Newfane

Mayor Patrick D. Kelahan is resigning.

Kelahan, who has several months left in his term, said he is stepping down in the next couple of months when he and his family sell their house and move to Newfane.

The Kelahans have six children -- five still in school, who will be entering grades three through nine this fall. The sale of their Lake Street home is pending, and they have purchased a home off of Main Street in Newfane.

Kelahan's wife, Christine, has worked for the Newfane School District for 15 years and serves as a curriculum facilitator and reading teacher.

"I will be better able to keep an eye on their educational progress in Newfane, since I work there," said Christine Kelahan. "We moved [four of] them last month to Newfane schools to ease the transition they will experience in September."

Calling it purely "a parents' decision," Kelahan said, "Our move is not related to anything with the mayor's position."

Kelahan, 55, was the village's first registered Democrat elected to a four-year mayoral term in 2009 -- in a village that counts a 4-1 registered Republican majority. His victory was followed by the election of Democrat Bernard Leiker as trustee in March 2010. Republican Gerard Kadryna was elected to the other four-year trustee spot in March.

Leiker serves as deputy mayor, and Kelahan said there are two possible scenarios as to how the village government will proceed until the mayoral election next March.

Kelahan said the two could agree that either Leiker or Kadryna would become interim mayor, and they could appoint someone else to fill the vacated trustee spot, or they could continue with just a two-member board, with Leiker filling the post for the remaining months until the March election.

The Kelahans have a daughter, Erin, 26, who was adopted from Korea when she was 11 weeks old. Their oldest son, Timothy, died at age 18 in a weather-related car crash in February 2008. He had been adopted at 5 months old from Colombia. Their son, Sean, 10, also was adopted at 5 months old from Guatemala. In December, 2008, they adopted four siblings from Colombia -- Lainie, now 15; Lauren, 11; Jonathan, 9; and Danny, 8.

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