The Flower Hill Board of Trustees named Brian Herrington as mayor at a gathering on Monday, practically three weeks after the death of longtime Mayor Robert McNamara.
Herrington, who had been deputy mayor, is working for mayor within the village election that had been scheduled for March and has been postponed till Sept. 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. He’ll face off in opposition to Trustee Kate Hirsch, who had argued in opposition to appointment of a mayor.
The assembly, held through teleconference, opened with a second of silence in honor of McNamara, who died on April 15, adopted by a dialogue by the board of appointing a brand new mayor.
“With Bob’s premature loss of life, we’re in a state of affairs the place the village has a management hole with no mayor,” Herrington mentioned. “As deputy mayor if something ever occurred to me, it could take an emergency assembly of the board to pick a brand new mayor, and in that point you’d haven’t any elected officers with the powers of mayor, particularly in instances of a public well being emergency.”
Herrington then moved to appoint himself for mayor. Trustees Jay Beber, Frank Genese, Randall Rosenbaum and Gary Lewandowski all voted for the decision, whereas Hirsch abstained from voting.
Hirsch had earlier argued in opposition to appointing a brand new mayor, citing the village election scheduled for Sept. 15 and saying that the legislation didn’t order a mayor to be appointed. She then moved to appoint Beber for the place of mayor. Beber moved to withdraw his title from consideration.
Lewandowski mentioned that the choice of succession went past “election politics.”
“I might simply take a look at it from the viewpoint of if we had truly had the election in March and if we had misplaced the mayor after that election, what would we do,” Lewandowski mentioned. “So let’s put all of the election politics apart and say, what would we do? I believe we’d say undoubtedly, we now have to nominate a brand new mayor to the place.”
Later within the assembly, Herrington appointed Rosenbaum as his deputy mayor.
Working for 3 open trustee seats on Hirsch’s Liberty Get together slate within the September election are newcomers Jay Silverman, Jeffrey Greilsheimer and Diane Turner.
Rosenbaum and Lewandowski are working for trustee on Herrington’s Flower Hill Get together slate. McNamara had additionally been working for trustee. No alternative for his spot on the poll has been introduced.
The Village of Flower Hill’s Board of Trustees will subsequent meet on June 1 at 7:30 p.m. No teleconferencing data has but been offered.
— to theislandnow.com