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Hefner, King retain trustee seats in Blasdell

Familiar faces will remain among the ranks of village officials in Blasdell, following results of last Tuesday’s (March 19) election.

It was announced during last Wednesday’s (March 20) Blasdell Village Board meeting that incumbent trustees Rob Hefner and Kathy Seufert King, who each ran unopposed on both the Democratic and Conservative Party lines, were re-elected to their board terms after receiving 133 and 99 votes, respectively. Additionally, Village Justice Daniel P. Grasso, who also ran unopposed on both the Democratic and Conservative Party lines, received 134 total votes in his re-election to his seat on the bench. The four-year term will be Grasso’s fourth as court justice in Blasdell.

The breakdown of votes per candidate revealed that Grasso, a Democrat, received 89 Democratic votes and 45 Conservative votes; Seufert King, also a Democrat, garnered 93 Democratic votes and 40 Conservative votes; and Hefner, a Conservative, received 66 Democratic votes and 33 Conservatives votes.

Hefner will serve his second full term on the board, having been previously elected in March 2011. He also earned a prior election to the board in September 2010 to fill the remainder of the term held by Michael Petrie. Petrie at that time had been appointed to the position of interim mayor to replace former Mayor Ernest J. Jewett, who resigned in July 2010. Petrie was eventually elected as Blasdell Mayor in March 2011, and Hefner earned the trustee spot during that same election.

Seufert King had been previously elected to the board in March 2012 to fill the remainder of the term held by former trustee Jeff Adrian, who resigned from his position with one year remaining. The trustee said she is appreciative of the support she received from local residents at the voting machines.

“Thanks for entrusting me and having faith in me as a trustee,” King said.

In other meeting action, Deputy Mayor Lou McDonald announced that the “Little Library” kiosks to hold books and reading materials will be represented in four such prototypes, to be implemented within the village this spring. Residents will be able to take out reading material at their own convenience, as the Little Libraries’ addition is described as a measure to enhance productive walkability for residents. The implementation also presents a way to fill the need for a local reading availability for residents, with the Blasdell Public Library having closed several years ago.

“If nothing else, it’s a way to clear out (a person’s) bookshelf and let someone else read (the material),” said McDonald, who added that renting books from the kiosk will come with “the honor system” of a non-timed return date, as well identification not required to be shown. There is not planned to be attendants on site at Little Libraries.

Other meeting items included:

• The announcement of April 22 being the first day for brush pickup in the village.

• The village board accepting a motion to appoint the following individuals to positions through Dec. 31 within the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department: John Welch, Fire Chief; Vincent Alimonti Jr., First Assistant Chief; and Len Fusco, Second Assistant Chief.

• The Village Board officially adopting the 2013-14 Blasdell budget, a fiscal plan that includes a tax rate of $19.00 per $1,000 of assessed property value in the village, representing a tax rate increase of 1 percent from 2012-13, to go along with a total general fund appropriation of $2.1 million.

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