Cassadaga appoints DuBois as trustee

OBSERVER Photo by Braden Carmen Danna DuBois, left, was officially sworn in by Village Clerk/Treasurer Roxanne Astry, right, at her final meeting as Clerk/Treasurer after 33 years of service to the village.

CASSADAGA — For the second time in six months, the village of Cassadaga has selected a new trustee.

Danna DuBois, who was recently chosen as President of the Cassadaga Volunteer Fire Department, is now taking on the role of Village Trustee.

“I’m ready to appoint Danna Dubois,” Mayor Bill Dorman said during his Mayor’s Comment portion of the meeting. Trustees Cindy Flaherty and Cathy Cruver were surprised by the announcement. Deputy Mayor Bill Astry motioned to appoint DuBois, while Flaherty seconded the motion.

“I know she’s very active in the Fire Department,” Bill Astry said. “She’s dedicated.”

Cruver abstained from the vote because she was not familiar enough with DuBois to feel comfortable voting in favor. “I’m going to abstain just because I don’t know that much about Danna. I’m sure she’ll be lovely.”

Only one other applicant applied for the position, Sean Seibert, before DuBois expressed interest in the role. Seibert was also the first to express interest in the open seat filled by Cruver. Seibert was the lone member of the public in attendance at the meeting when DuBois was appointed. After DuBois was appointed, Seibert remained at the meeting to participate in a detailed discussion about the village’s proposed short-term rental law.

“I think we should address that we did have another letter of interest,” Cruver noted. She then asked, “Did we want to wait to have a fuller docket of candidates? Was that the reasoning behind it?”

Dorman responded, “That was part of it. There are other openings we have.”

Among the current openings includes a Planning Board seat and the need for another alternate for the Zoning Board of Appeals.

DuBois came from home before the end of the meeting to take her official Oath of Office. She was sworn in by Village Clerk/Treasurer Roxanne Astry, who is stepping back from her duties at the end of May. DuBois is the 35th trustee she has worked with in her 33 years at village clerk.

After the meeting, Roxanne Astry was celebrated with cake and flowers. In her 33 years of service, she secured approximately $1.5 million in funding for the village.

“Thank you to Roxanne Astry for all your years as Village Clerk. This village cannot thank you enough,” Flaherty said.


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