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Four of five selected for Ethics Board

Seventeen years after the formation of the Town of Lancaster's Ethics Board, the Town Board has selected four of the five members who will sit on the panel.

The members were chosen during an executive session after the May 7 Town Board meeting, with each Town Board member naming one person to the Ethics Board in a process praised by Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli.

"I think we did a very good job of keeping politics out of this," Fudoli said.

Fudoli said the four members, pending formal Town Board approval, are:

Richard E. Amoroso, owner of Good Tymes South bar and the regional administrator for a global security company. He is not registered with a party.

* The Rev. Christopher Baldwin, pastor of Vine Wesleyan Church, Republican.

* Brenda Jankowski, human resources coordinator with Windsong Radiology, Democrat.

* Daniel Steck, special investigator with Progressive Insurance, Conservative.

They were chosen from among the 13 people who wrote to the town seeking appointment to the board, according to the Town Clerk's Office.

The Town Board had selected a fifth member, Mark Shepard, who is director of corporate compliance for Eastern Niagara Hospital and a registered Republican.

But late last week, Shepard informed the town he would not be able to serve, Fudoli said.

Shepard was Councilman John Abraham Jr.'s choice for the Ethics Board. Abraham told The Buffalo News he will go back to the letters of interest to make a backup selection.

The Ethics Board had a lengthy gestation period. The Town Board, in 1995, approved a code of ethics for the town that included the establishment of a Board of Ethics. But no one was ever appointed.

A small group of residents earlier this year successfully lobbied Fudoli, who took office in January, and the four Democrats on the Town Board to resurrect the Ethics Board.

No more than two members can be registered with the same political party. They can't be officers with a political party, and they serve without pay.