Cassadaga says goodbye to deputy mayor

CASSADAGA – This wasn’t just another Cassadaga Village Board meeting; it was an emotional night when the board had to say goodbye to one of its own.

Former Deputy Mayor Valerie Culverwell read a solemn goodbye letter to her fellow board members announcing her resignation.

“I am giving my resignation tonight (Wednesday) as deputy mayor,” she said. “I regret having to resign but I find my current job takes too much of my time.”

“Thanks for your trust and support in me,” she continued. “You guys are such a great group and I am going to miss all of you.”

Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony said she is really going to miss Culverwell.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Val for a long time,” she said. “It is really hard to see you go.”

Trustee Jeffrey Frick was appointed as deputy mayor.

“I have been on the board for seven years so I am really looking forward to it,” he said. “LeeAnn and I will work really well together.”

“I am very happy you found such a great replacement,” Culverwell said.

“We worked close together before,” Lazarony said. “We will work close together now.”

Josh Slaven was appointed as a new village trustee in Culverwell’s place.

“It is a pleasure to have you on board,” Lazarony said.

“I am really looking forward to the opportunity of working with you,” Slaven said. “It is great to come back to where I grew up and raise my family and also have a say in what happens in my hometown.”

Stearns and Wheeler Engineer Greg McCorkhill announced Lazarony’s award from the American Public Works Association.

“LeeAnn will receive an award Feb. 6 from the American Public Works Association,” he said. “It is a really high honor.”

Culverwell said the award is very prestigious.

“LeeAnn is being recognized and for us as a village we are very lucky,” she said. “For us to be such a small village and have this is an honor.”

Culverwell said she wished they could have the ceremony in Cassadaga so the village residents could all come to it.

Town of Stockton Supervisor David Wilson was in attendance and congratulated Lazarony.

“On behalf of the entire town of Stockton, I would like to congratulate you on this honor,” he said.

Lazarony said this is not a one-person award and she wouldn’t have this honor without all of them.

Lazarony received a letter in December congratulating her on being selected to receive the 2013 Citation for Exemplary Service in Public Works award at the Associations’s Annual Awards Banquet held on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Protocol Restaurant in Williamsville.

Village Historian John Sipos came bringing gifts for the village board.

“December was a busy month for Cassadaga so I made a ‘Best of December in Cassadaga’ board for the village office,” he said. “I am also happy my railroad station story and picture got in the OBSERVER. It was a beautiful story.”

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