MAHOPAC, N.Y.-In keeping with his promise to bring change to town government, newly minted Councilman Mike Barile voted “no” on four resolutions during last week’s reorganizational meeting, although he was outvoted each time and the resolutions passed.
The organizational meeting is the first meeting of the year and is when the Town Board makes appointments to boards and committees and other positions, establishes protocols, sets salaries and fulfills other binding obligations.
Barile first voted no on the reappointment of Harold Gary as chairman of the Planning Board. Barile, who made a living as a contractor before becoming a Town Board member, said he has appeared before Gary on numerous occasions and had great respect for him.
“I have stood in front of Mr. Harold Gary probably more than anyone over the last 20-some-odd years,” Barile said. “But I ran on the platform of change and to have someone on the Planning Board for over 20 years is just a little too much. He’s a gentleman, I love him, but I think it’s time for a change there.”
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