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Aug 26, 2009 1:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town offices will remain elected

Aug 26, 2009 1:44 PM

Proposals to change the positions of Southampton Town’s highway superintendent and tax receiver from elected offices to appointed ones are dead—for now.

After months of discussions and going back and forth over civil service regulations, Town Councilwoman Nancy Graboski, who proposed the change, withdrew the pair of resolutions that, if adopted, would have put the issue in the voters’ hands this November.

Instead of calling for a vote on the resolutions, which were doomed to fail from a lack of support, Ms. Graboski took the matter off the table, leaving the door open for future consideration. Ms. Graboski acknowledged that the timing of her proposals—with Bill Masterson, the current highway superintendent, stepping down and a new superintendent to take office in January—might not have been conducive for such changes.

By withdrawing the resolutions, Ms. Graboski said the proposals could be brought back to the table next year after a new highway superintendent has already been elected. In that case, any changes in the office would not take effect until the end of the new superintendent’s term.

Brian Bossetta

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