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Cozy town council plans to go it alone

Thursday, March 06, 2014 - Updated: 9:20 AM

Residents of the town of Amsterdam are supposed to be represented by a four-member board of councilmen and a supervisor.

But not this year.

Two of last year's council members -- Alex Kuchis and Terry Bieniek -- were elected this past November to Montgomery County's new legislature, creating two vacancies at the town level.

Those two empty seats will remain empty, from all appearances, until voters go to the polls this coming November. Because the three remaining town representatives -- Supervisor Thomas DiMezza and councilmen Kenneth Krutz and Bart Tessiero -- are comfortable enough with their own abilities that they don't sense an urgency to operate fully staffed.

Also, they can't come to a consensus -- which has to be unanimous -- on who among the masses should join them on high in their throne room.

There is a potential sticking point with this cozy situation. The three remaining voting members of the council have to be unanimous in every decision they make; the vacancies count as "no" votes.

Also, what happens if one of the members can't make a meeting? Two is not a quorum. Having no wiggle room is no way to run a town government.

And, according to DiMezza, "We can wait until [November]. There are no pressing issues before the board."

Well, yeah. Today, maybe.

It is possible that this council will face no major decisions this year, but that cannot be known.

The residents of the town that is home to Montgomery County's cash till (aka: The Miracle Mile) deserve full representation from their governing body.

There hasn't been enough interest in these vacant positions that the three remaining representatives can't choose someone worthy of the position?

The supervisor said it himself: There are no pressing issues. Sounds like just about anyone could fill that role.

Help wanted: Someone to do nothing for the next several months. Experience preferred.

No one capable of filling a chair for the rest of the year has stepped forward?

Hard to believe.

     

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