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January 24, 2013

Caucuses will select village board candidates

By JIM AUSTIN
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Two party caucuses next week will select candidates for the three vacancies on the village board that will be up for election in March. Two of the seats will be for three-year terms and the third will be for one-year to complete an unexpired term.

The trustee positions are held by Lynne Mebust, Dr. Walter Franck and Frank Capozza. All three of the candidates have said they do not plan to seek re-election. 

Lynne Mebust is finishing her second three-year term on the board and has decided she will not seek re-election. She said she is at a point where, after six years, she is looking for new challenges. 

“It’s time to step away for awhile,” she said, adding that she would encourage others in the community to consider serving on the village board. She did not rule out the possibility that she would run for the board again sometime in the future.

Mebust said one of the best things she’ll take away from her tenure on the board was a better appreciation for how many people it takes to keep the village going. Not just employees, but also the many people who volunteer to serve on boards and committees.

“It’s great we have such an involved community,” she said.

Capozza said Tuesday that he also does not plan to run in March. He was appointed to the one-year position by Mayor Jeff Katz to fill an unexpired term. 

He said he fulfilled his commitment to serve for a year, but now has too many things going on in his family with children returning from military service to continue on the board.

Being a trustee, he said, is a time-consuming job. Although members did not always agree, he said the board is a great group of people to work with.

“I have tremendous respect for the other trustees and Jeff,” Capozza said.

Franck could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but Katz said it was his understanding Franck would not be seeking re-election in March.

“Quality people are going to be missing from the board,” Katz said. “Each one brought such strength to the board.”

Katz said that in her six years on the board, Mebust has been “an incredible trustee.” Walter Franck, he said, came on the board at an important time and has been a great deputy mayor during the past year and Capozza did a great job chairing the Doubleday Field committee during his year on the board.

“They are all going to be missed,” he said.

The two caucuses will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Democrats will meet in the fire hall on Chestnut Street and the Republicans will meet in the downstairs meeting room in the municipal building on Main Street. 

Candidates may also have their name placed on the ballot by circulating an independent nominating petition.

The election will be held from noon to 9 p.m. March 19, in the fire hall.