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Praise Given for Roberts, Chryssos

Standing left to right to pose for photos: Chris Burdick, Peter Chryssos, Boo Fumagalli, Lee Roberts, David Gabrielson and Francis Corcoran.
Standing left to right to pose for photos: Chris Burdick, Peter Chryssos, Boo Fumagalli, Lee Roberts, David Gabrielson and Francis Corcoran.

At the Bedford Town Board's last scheduled 2013 meeting, members gave praise for two of their departing colleagues: outgoing Supervisor Lee Roberts and outgoing Deputy Supervisor Peter Chryssos.

With their terms set to expire, the pair were given kind words, along with gifts, due to their service. It was noted that Roberts has 20 years on the board, including 10 as supervisor.

“I value your friendship," Roberts said at the Dec. 17 meeting, referring to those she has been with. She also thanked Bedford's people for letting her serve.

Chryssos, who is leaving after about 15 years on the town board, offered his praise for Roberts, calling her a "true class act."

Councilman Chris Burdick, who will succeed Roberts as the new supervisor, called her a “great teacher" and thanked her for her help.

Councilman David Gabrielson, Councilman Francis Corcoran and Town Clerk Boo Fumagalli offered praise for their colleagues' character. Fumagalli presented the gifts, which were stored in the public speaking lectern. 

The terms of Roberts and Chryssos are scheduled to end on Dec. 31. Elected officials are scheduled to be sworn in on Jan. 1 at 12 p.m. at the court room, which is located at Bedford's town house in Bedford Hills. 

Burdick will become the new supervisor, while Mary Beth Kass will become a new councilwoman, based on county election results. The new town board will have just four sitting members, with a fifth seat, Burdick's, becoming vacant. In November, Burdick discussed the replacement process for the seat, which could include appointing a successor, although a special election for it must be held by November 2014.

mark December 31, 2013 at 01:14 PM
An appt for the empty board seat should be made immediately since there has been time to think about it. With a 4 member board there is potential for deadlocked votes which means wasted time.

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