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Marchionda will not run for mayor

PENN YAN—During the meeting of the Penn Yan Village Board Dec. 15, village mayor Douglas Marchionda Jr. announced he will not run for another term. Marchionda noted he had been on the village board and later mayor, for a total of 18 years. He said, “My goal is to leave the community better than when I was elected, in any small fashion. Time will judge.” Later in the meeting, trustee Bob Church announced he plans to run for mayor in 2010.
During the December meeting, Marchionda announced board member Mike D’Abbracci had resigned due to moving outside of the village. Marchionda praised D’Abbracci, stating, “He was an extremely positive asset to the village in everything he did.”
Following his comments, Marchionda named former village board member Michael Christensen to fill the unexpired portion of D’Abbbracci’s term which will end in four months. Marchionda said the reason for appointing Christensen is that, “He was a long time village board member. He has an extreme amount of knowledge and experience. There are just four months left in the term. Someone else would take that whole time to get up to speed.” Christensen said, “I do fully intend to run for the position in the spring. I had some reservations about the appointment, but I enjoyed working with the board and staff in the past. I’ll do my best.”
Marchionda said he had researched the law and when someone is appointed to the board, they must run in the next open election. Appointments to vacancies on the board that occur during terms is the responsibility of the mayor. He recalled this is the second time he has appointed Christensen to the village board. The first time being was when he was first elected mayor.
Trustee Robert Hoban said he plans to run for another term. Trustees Willie Allison and Nancy Taylor have not announced their intentions. The only current trustee whose term does not expire in 2010 is Richard Stewart. Terms for mayor and trustees are four years.
Village elections are March 16, 2010. 

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