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Kulpa brings 'Late Night' to Williamsville for final meeting

Government meetings are typically good viewing, if you need a sleep aid.

Not so Monday in the Village of Williamsville when the board held its meeting in a "Late Night" talk show format, complete with a monologue by Mayor Brian J. Kulpa and a live band.

Kulpa is preparing to depart village government to become Amherst town supervisor and had always promised that he would preside over his final meeting as the host of his own show. So Village Hall became the set of "Late Night in the Village of Williamsville with Brian Kulpa."

During the monologue, he joked that Village Administrator Lynda Juul's favorite phrase is "No, Brian, that's not in the budget."

Kulpa recited the "Top 10 ways you know you're running a successful village government," including one that combined references to "The Lord of the Rings" and municipal budgeting. "You draw a circle, hand it to your department heads. They see an all-powerful ring. You see a zero."

Musical interludes were provided by Deputy Mayor Dan DeLano on keyboard — "like Paul Shaffer, except more hair" — and his band, The Darts.

Kulpa welcomed his "guests," the four village trustees, to a couch for loose, candid conversations about the village's future.

"It was more than I could ever hope for," Kulpa said.

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