SARANAC LAKE - Bob Bevilacqua took the oath of office Wednesday as the town of Harrietstown's new supervisor.
He was sworn in by town Clerk Patricia Gillmett in the town offices of the Harrietstown Town Hall.
"It should be a smooth transition," Bevliacqua told the Enterprise this morning. "(Councilman and Deputy Supervisor) Barry (DeFuria) has been helping me out quite a bit with the day-to-day stuff, everyone at the town hall is being very cooperative, and that's made it easier getting up to speed."
(Enterprise file photo)
Bevilacqua, a Republican, defeated Democrat Tom Catillaz last month in the race for the town's top elected position. The seat became vacant following the April resignation of Larry Miller, who had been supervisor since 2001.
Normally, new elected officials aren't sworn in until after Jan. 1, but Gillmett told the Enterprise that the town got approval from the Franklin County Board of Elections to give Bevilacqua the oath of office sooner because he's filling Miller's unexpired term and because the supervisor's seat is currently vacant.
The town board opted not to appoint an acting or interim supervisor after Miller stepped down. It has operated as a four-person board for the past eight months.
Bevilacqua had served five years as a town councilman. His move to the supervisor's seat means there will be a vacant seat on the town board. Bevilacqua said a discussion about filling that position will be on the agenda at the board's next meeting on Dec. 13.
"We've got a couple people we're thinking about, but we haven't made any decisions," he said. "It's not my appointment, it's the board's appointment, so we'll talk about that together."
A full four-year supervisor term will be on the ballot next year along with the town board seats currently held by DeFuria and Councilman Ron Keough, Gillmett's town clerk position and the highway superintendent seat currently held by Craig Donaldson.
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