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Alexander gets the votes to be North Tonawanda’s new city attorney

NORTH TONAWANDA – The North Tonawanda City Council voted Tuesday to name Katherine D. Alexander its next city attorney.

Alexander, the assistant city attorney for the past two years, will take over the position from longtime city attorney Shawn Nickerson at the end of the month.

Nickerson, who was appointed acting City Court Judge by Mayor Arthur G. Pappas, said it was great privilege to serve the people of North Tonawanda as city attorney.

Alexander, who also worked as an intern in the city attorney’s office when she was in college, then two years as assistant city attorney, said she is honored to serve North Tonawanda.

“To any resident, my door is always open,” she said.

Alexander will serve in the appointed position for the remainder of 2016 and must run for election in November.

The Council also named former City Clerk-Treasurer Scott Kiedrowski to a seven-year term on the Planning Commission. Kiedrowski left his elected city position last year to work as chief of staff for state Sen. Robert Ortt, R-North Tonawanda.

Nickerson praised Kiedrowski’s appointment saying, “As you all know Mr. Kiedrowski served for years as chairman of the Zoning Board and during his years as city clerk, he was the clerk to the Planning Commission. For my money he is going to be a great addition to the Planning Commission.”

The Council also:

• Awarded winners of the best-decorated houses contest: Classic Award, Richard and Sandra Posa, 1252 Bowen Court; Clark Griswold Award, Hall Family, 126 10th Ave.; Mayor’s Award, Michele’s Motif Boutique and Gift Shop, 72 Webster St.; and Theme Award, Kris and Jim Nachreiner, 74 Cramer St.

• Learned from City Clerk-Treasurer Daniel Quinn that hours will change in January, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

However, the drop box outside the building will take payments. Quinn said any payments due on a Friday that are dropped off on a weekend will count as on time if they are in the box on Monday morning.