HANOVER - With a new year came new changes on the Hanover Town Board.
Two councilmen and a justice were sworn in at the annual reorganizational meeting held recently at the town hall. Councilmen Kevin O'Connell and Bernard Feldmann Jr., along with Justice Richard Saletta, were sworn in by Justice Walter Klyczek.
O'Connell and Saletta were re-elected in November while Feldmann ran for the first time. All three men thanked the voters who voted for them and their families who have supported them.
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Hanover councilman Bernard Feldmann Jr., (center) was sworn in by Justice Walter Klyczek (left). Also pictured is Feldmann’s wife, Eileen.
"I would like to thank the residents of the town of Hanover for allowing me to continue in this position. I am grateful and very gratified in the last election. I am looking forward to serving another four years working on our ongoing community problems. I have enjoyed it and look forward to continue doing it," said O'Connell. "I would like to thank my wife, Mary Fran, for allowing this luxury of community service. Without her support and encouragement, I wouldn't be able to do this."
O'Connell said Feldmann is the third personnel change the board has seen in the past four years, but will enjoy looking forward to working with Feldmann through 2018.
"Change is inevitable and I'm looking for new ideas and a lot of enthusiasm from Councilperson (Bernard) Feldmann. I'm looking forward to the opportunity of working with him. I feel that he is an excellent candidate and he will be an excellent councilman," O'Connell said.
Feldmann, who ran unopposed in the November election, thanked his wife, Eileen, and their five children, in addition to all the town voters for allowing him to work in town government.
"I would also like to thank the voters of the town of Hanover and to thank my family ... for giving me the opportunity to leave the house and do town business. I look forward to working with these gentlemen and we'll do good things for the town," Feldmann said.
Saletta, who ran against opponent Edward Schintzius, thanked his wife for being "his soul" through the most recent election and was thrilled to serve four more years as justice. He said after his term, he is unsure what will happen.
"Thank you to all that voted for me and supported me. I'm going to serve you another four years for sure. ... I want to thank everybody that supported me, especially (my wife)," said Saletta. "If it wasn't for her, I don't know what would have happened. She was my soul through this whole thing."
The town board also approved annual resolutions at its meeting. The board approved Jeffrey Passafaro as town attorney, Andrew Kehrer as assistant DA and town prosecutor, Kevin Waterman as Zoning Board of Appeals chair, Carol DePasquale as Planning Board chair and Melanie Cross Austin as secretary for the ZBA and Planning boards.
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