LEWISTON – Supervisor Dennis J. Brochey, the only Democrat on an all-Republican Town Board, acknowledges that he has had to do some head-butting in his nearly two years on the board.
But now he is ready to stop, he said, and plans to hand over the reins to his recently appointed deputy supervisor, Mark J. Briglio, whom he appointed in April.
Brochey said Tuesday that after several weeks of soul-searching, he decided to put his house on the market at the end of June, but hopes to stay until his term ends in December.
“This is a difficult decision,” Brochey said. “But my wife, Cathy, and I decided there is no easy time to retire and leave the community we love.”
Brochey added that they purchased a home in Las Vegas and would like to move there to be closer to their grandchildren.
He said he is proud of cleaning up the town, which had been under investigation for purchasing practices, and for repairing the town’s fragile fiscal condition.
Brochey said the town was $750,000 in debt when he came on board in 2013, but hopes to announce a balanced budget for 2016 before he leaves.
The supervisor said that he will miss Lewiston and its wonderful people but that he won’t miss the political partisanship that he has often faced in the town.
“Have I been frustrated? Oh, yes,” Brochey said, adding that disagreements between him and the board during open sessions get even louder and more negative during executive sessions.
He thanked former Deputy Supervisor Sean Edwards and called Briglio “a natural” to step into his shoes.
“Lewiston is going to be in some good hands if I leave, and I feel very confident in Mark,” Brochey said.
Briglio has announced his plans to run and called himself a “very much nonpartisan candidate.”
He is still officially a Republican, but late last year, he filed papers to reaffiliate as a Democrat, which he said was based on his feelings on national issues.
“We have too much blind partisanship in Lewiston,” Briglio said, “and I’ve seen firsthand how counterproductive that is. I am running to represent everyone.”
He said he wants a positive campaign focusing on issues, and has learned a lot from Brochey about fiscal prudence for the town.