Evans Democrats hold November meeting

EVANS – Member Joe Ianni led the Club in the Pledge to the Flag. Ianni is running for treasurer of the North Evans Fire District. He previously served as treasurer for 15 years, from 1996 to 2010. The district includes north Evans and Highland. The election is on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Highland Fire Hall. He has served as a volunteer fireman for 30 years.

A committee for nominations to the Democratic Club leadership positions was appointed. Laurie DiMartile, Dominic Calandra and Joe Ianni will serve on this committee. They will report back at the December meeting with a proposed slate of candidates. Anyone interested in running for a club leadership position should contact a member of the Nominations Committee or Town Chair Robert “Bob-Cat” Catalino.

Catalino reported that Democratic candidates Lynn Krajacic and Dennis Feldman succeeded in their election efforts. Krajacic was elected as town clerk and Feldmann was re-elected to the a town board. There was only a 32 percent turnout for the general election. It was slightly lower in the county as a whole, at about 28 percent.

Catalino noted that, “American soldiers have sacrificed everything so that Americans could enjoy the right to vote. We have to get the vote out.”

There was an inquiry raised about staffing in the building code enforcement department. The senior code enforcement officer, a full-time position, has taken a second job as part-time code enforcement officer in the village of Fredonia. So far, there’s no indication that the town of Evans position has also become part-time to accommodate this move. At the next meeting, the Democratic elected officials will be encouraged to explore a job-sharing arrangement with Fredonia for this position, to save money for the Evans taxpayers on salary and benefits.

Calandra addressed the club to thank everyone for their hard work and support throughout his campaign for highway superintendent.

The December meeting will be a Christmas party at the VFW on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Club members are to bring a dish or dessert to pass and bring a new member for the club. Admission is free.