BY CHERYL SLAVIN
The newly constituted Stony Point Town Board, with recently elected councilmen Tom Basile and Jim Monaghan attending for the first time, held its 2014 reorganization on a frigid night last Tuesday. The new members were about the only thing that changed; most of the appointments and designations remain the same as last year.
In a slight deviation from the past, Supervisor Geoff Finn appointed two co-deputy Supervisors. Councilman Jim White stays on in the position from last year, but Finn also added former Councilman Jim McDonnell as a second deputy. Finn explained that White’s work schedule requires some out of town travel or other time constraints, and that McDonnell would be available when White was not. As a councilman, McDonnell had been the colleague most available to Finn on a daily basis.
Financial Director Jennifer Sciscente, Planning Board Chairman Tom Gubitosa, ARB Chairwoman Barbara Hess and Zoning Board Chairman Tom Wright were all reappointed.
Those seeking to get married by a town official can still ask for any of the Board members as well as Marriage Officers Joan Skinner, Barbara Oyer and Justice Court Clerk Diane Payan. Town Clerk Skinner also remains as registrar of Vital Statistics and Deputy Clerk Oyer as deputy registrar. Stuart Gates remains keeper of the town’s history.
Per the previously approved 2014 budget, all salaries would increase across the board by 2 percent, with the exception of seasonal workers. Those salaries would be addressed in the future as the need arises. The procurement policy, the means by which the town authorizes expenditures, remains the same from 2013. The 12 people authorized to spend town money include the supervisor, department heads and directors.
The first regular meeting of the board will be on Tuesday, January 14. The board meeting schedule will remain the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, with the following exceptions: the fourth Tuesday of August (summer) and December (Christmas) will be cancelled, and the meeting scheduled for November 11 will be changed to November 12 for Veterans Day.
The Rockland County Times remains the designated newspaper for the Town to post its official and legal notices. The Journal News was named the back-up.