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Towns of Alden, Newstead agree to share assessor

An agreement between Alden and Newstead will see the towns sharing an assessor, Alden Supervisor Harry F. Milligan said during Monday evening’s Town Board meeting.

Alden Town Assessor William P. Sivecz will take on the joint role, Milligan said. Sivecz will remain an employee of the Town of Alden, but half of his salary will be paid by Newstead.

“It’s 50-50,” Milligan said. “We broke it down and cut it in half. They’ll pay us twice a year.”

The board unanimously approved the agreement between the towns.

Newstead had been looking for an assessor since former Town Assessor Rebecca K. Baker announced her resignation in September. Baker took a position with the Town of Lancaster.

At the time, Newstead Supervisor David L. Cummings said the town would look into shared services with another town.

In other business, Alden High School history teacher Keith A. Foss attended the meeting to announce the district’s fourth annual Take a Veteran to School Day on Nov. 6. The event allows students to learn from and interact with veterans, Foss said.

“It’s a good experience for students,” he said.

Veterans can attend classes with the students in the morning, Foss said, and a ceremony will be held from 10:15 to 11 a.m., which will include the school band, an honor guard and a guest speaker.

The theme of this year’s event is “Women in the Military,” and the speaker will be Rear Adm. Rebecca J. McCormick-Boyle, Foss said.

Veterans living in the Alden Central School District are invited to attend, and do not need a direct tie to the school to be involved in the event, Foss said.

“We’re reaching out beyond the school itself,” he said.

Veterans interested in attending can contact Jamie Williams by phone at 937-9116 or by email at

Also, Milligan will be out of town from Thursday to Oct. 29, leaving Councilwoman and Deputy Supervisor Mary F. Riddoch in temporary charge of town government. The reason for Milligan’s absence? He’s going to London to cheer on the Buffalo Bills at Sunday’s game there.

“When you’re supervisor, you can do all this stuff,” he said with a laugh.