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WEDDING BELLS LEAVE BOARD SHORT

The impending marriage of State Assembly candidate Francis J. Pordum of Blasdell leaves the Maryvale School Board looking for a new board member.

School Board member Rebecca L. Mahoney, who also chairs the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Board, announced Monday night she will leave the school district and her seat on the board to marry Pordum Aug. 7. The couple will reside in Evans.

Pordum, 58, was an Assemblyman for 14 years before losing a congressional bid in 1996. He once again is vying for his old seat, which is being vacated by retiring Assemblyman Richard A. Smith, D-Hamburg.

Mahoney, a 24-year district resident and board member since 2001, said she is excited about the upcoming wedding and relocation plans.

However, Mahoney, a teacher in the Buffalo schools, said she regrets that the move means she must give up her Maryvale School Board seat.

"My kids both went here and I thought coming onto the board would be a good way to repay the district for the exceptional education my children received here," said Mahoney.

Pordum, also a retired school teacher, is challenging Hamburg Supervisor Patrick Hoak for the Democratic nomination to face Republican nominee Jack F. Quinn III in November's election.

Maryvale School Superintendent Gary Brader said the news of Mahoney's wedding and resignation from the board was fairly sudden. He said the board now must decide whether to hold a special election or appoint someone until next May's election.

On another matter, the board approved a three-year contract with the district's Support Association. The union represents clerical workers, who will get raises of 3 percent in the first year of the contract, 3 1/2 percent the second year and 4 percent in the final year ending in 2007.

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