The newly seated Port Chester Board of Trustees voted to reappoint key village staff members Tuesday night, making its first round of decisions as a group.
Mayor Neil Pagano presided over a reorganization meeting in which Trustee Sam Terenzi was appointed deputy mayor, and the village treasurer, clerk and two justices received appointments for two more years.
On several votes, Democrats Daniel Brakewood and Gregory Adams tried unsuccessfully to delay staff decisions until the upcoming budget process. Brakewood said the clerk, former Republican chairman Janusz Richards, hadn’t received a performance review since being appointed six months ago. He also opposed Terenzi’s appointment as deputy, citing his conduct in past meetings. Brakewood has criticized Terenzi for risk-taking with village funds in comments about Terenzi’s $220,00 tax debt to New York state. The deputy acts as mayor in the case of the mayor’s absence or illness.
The board will meet next in a budget workshop at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall.
More photos from Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony:
(Photos, from top: Trustees Gregory Adams, Daniel Brakewood, Mayor Neil Pagano and Trustees Gene Ceccarelli, Joseph Kenner and Luis Marino; the mayor with his wife, Rosemary; Deputy Mayor Sam Terenzi taking his oath as trustee; Pagano with Assemblyman Steve Otis, left, and Village Manager Christopher Steers, right.)